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From calling on Levi's and Carnival Corporation to stop using fossil fuels to power their factories and ships, to pushing Starbucks and Charmin to incorporate recycled paper into their coffee cups and toilet paper, to fighting the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure while championing a clean energy future across California, Washington, and British Columbia — we're always up to something. Read our latest blogs and opinion pieces here:


Starbucks: Trick or Treat
31 Oct 2016
A creamy pumpkin spice latte is just the thing to take a chill off this Halloween. What a yummy treat, right?  Not so fast! Starbucks is hiding some nasty tricks…
Brown Is The New White
25 Oct 2016
Across the nation, the story is much the same -- right wing politicians are an increasingly rare breed and the reverberations of the 2016 election are still being felt. Overt (as well as thinly masked) racism, greed (lower taxes for people doing fantastically well), and hate have significantly faded from the political discourse. That’s not because politicians in 2032 are different, but because those divisive tactics just don’t work anymore. The progressive majority now powering the country has reformed healthcare, education, clean energy, mass incarceration, and much more.
You Stopped Shell
07 Oct 2016
This is great news for Skagit County, the Pacific Northwest and the climate, and follows on the heels of two other stinging defeats for the oil industry on the West Coast: 24 hours ago the San Luis Obispo, CA planning commission rejected an oil train proposal by Phillips 66 and two weeks ago, the City Council in Benicia, CA rejected a proposal by Valero to build an oil train facility.  The Shell, Benicia and San Luis Obispo decisions combined represent at least 1,500 tank cars per week of explosive, crude oil that were destined to run through our communities and now will not. 
3 oil train projects defeated in 2 weeks!
07 Oct 2016
Fighting oil companies and the railroads is no easy thing, but in 2 months there was a win -- then another -- then another -- then another. From southern California to northern Washington, communities along the West Coast have dealt four massive blows to the fossil fuel industry. Taken separately, each of these announcements represents years of work and tens of thousands of people refusing to put the health and safety of their families, communities and our climate at risk.
Ethan Blog Top
21 Sep 2016
This decision came only hours after the Surface Transportation Board (STB) - a little-known federal agency that primarily handles disputes between railroads - affirmed the City’s right to deny Valero’s project. Buoyed by the STB’s decision and the tremendous, unceasing opposition to oil trains among Benicia residents, the council did the right thing and sided with the community over Big Oil.