Category: Opinion

The Logic of Failed Climate Policies vs. the Logic of Direct Action: Oregon As a Case Study

A flooded grove of trees. Their trunks are underwater.

by Scott Schroder Portland Rising Tide has focused much of its fight against climate change on fossil fuel transport and infrastructure. Protests and direct actions have targeted gas pipelines, coal terminals, oil trains, and tar sands trucks. We are not

Why Every Oil Tank Car Is A Tank of Doom

According to a May 2014 report by Oil Change International, from 2007 to 2013 the volume of oil shipped by rail in the United States increased 70 times. The current volume of oil shipped by rail in Canada and the

Open Letter: Laborer Challenges Union Support of Fossil Fuel Export Projects

The following is an open letter from  union member Tim Norgren to Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). Read on as Tim explains why union support of fossil fuel export projects is short-sighted and generally not in the best

Is Natural Gas in the Pacific Northwest Getting a Free Pass?

Touted as a transitional fuel that can help us fight climate change, shale gas is being pushed by the fossil fuel industry and politicians as a step towards energy independence and reducing carbon emissions. If shale gas is vital for

LUBA Invalidates Clatsop County Denial of Pipeline Permit

  This recent decision by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) goes in the Lily Tomlin “no-matter-how-cynical-you get-you-can’t-keep-up” file, right next to the various Oregon and US Supreme Court rulings that campaign money is the same thing as