BOWING TO THE CROWN- Selling Our Energy Future

The sale of Avista Utilities to Hydro One is nearing the final hurdle.  Does it matter who owns our regional utility company?   Do we really want the management of our local energy supply to become entangled in the politics of a foreign government? Yesterday, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative “Torries” swept into power in Ontario. The …

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THE HYDRO ONE – AVISTA UTILITIES DEAL- “Lunatic Fringe, I know You’re Out There!”

As soon as I heard that the Sierra Club supported and was involved with the takeover of Avista Utilities by Canada's Hydro One, I knew there was a problem. My concerns bore out at today's Washington State Public Utility Commission [actual name: Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission] hearing at the Spokane Valley City Hall. I signed …

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CLAW MARKS ON YOUR DOOR: The Naked Truth about REWILDING

After twenty years of trying to raise awareness about REWILDING, it's really depressing that so many people still don't get what's going on and what's at stake.  Forgive me for repeating the obvious, but the basic facts cannot be over emphasized. Gray wolves and grizzly bears provide our best examples of how the Endangered Species …

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STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, OR HIGHWAY TO HELL – Spirituality in Rock n’ Roll

A recent article in the Spokesman-Review newspaper highlighted the upcoming Santana concert in Spokane.[i]  Very cool, I thought, maybe I’ll go!  But then the article reminded me of some things that drive Carlos Santana's music that made me have second thoughts. [To read the article, click here.] I’ve always liked Santana, as well as most …

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THE NAZI ROOTS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

Simply put, radical environmentalism, a.k.a. the GREEN MOVEMENT, DEEP ECOLOGY, or REWILDING,  is a philosophy that elevates nature over man.  Hitler incorporated this naturalistic philosophy in his infamous treatise,  Mein Kampf, where he blamed the entire Jewish race for what he called “the pacification of Nature”.    According to Hitler, the Jews, and to a …

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A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE ON REWILDING

I'm posting a link to an important document that will help folks understand the global REWILDING perspective. While obviously written from the pro-REWILDING point of view, the articles in the source document more or less accurately portray the emerging conflicts between traditional land uses necessary for human survival and global conservation goals. Unfortunately, the authors …

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WATER GOVERNANCE AND DEEP DECARBONIZATION – U.N. Schemes to Save the World

Water and energy are intertwined.  The production of energy requires water, and providing freshwater uses energy.  Both of these essential resources face increasing demand and are a source of potential conflicts. Proposed water and energy governance schemes affecting the citizens of Washington State, including the HIRST Decision [i] , are not the result of citizen …

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