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Coal

H.L Mencken said, “When A injures B on the pretense of saving X, A is a scoundrel.” A joint amicus brief filed in US District Court by the attorneys general of Montana, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska,... Full story

 

Jetsam

What’s long and thin, made of plastic, often brightly colored, floats in the Pacific and is the bane of humanity? If you said kayaktivists, you’d be right, but that’s not where we’re going... Full story

 

Emitters

As the joke goes, cattle roam in herds, a group of geese is a gaggle, and a collection of hybrid cars is a smug. Spend any time on Interstate 5 between the Canadian and Mexican borders and you’ll... Full story

 

Safe Spaces

In 1911, the Washington State Port District Act authorized voters to create public port districts that could acquire, construct, and operate waterways, docks, wharves, and other harbor improvements; r... Full story

 

Can You Dig It?

In mid-April, Nancy McLernon, president and CEO of Organization for International Investment, wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal in which she claimed that only a handful of US ports could accommodate “the most modern transport ships.” She... Full story

 

Law or Not?

In late 2013 the State of Washington announced its intention to petition the EPA to declare all of Puget Sound a “No Discharge Zone” (NDZ). The plan would require vessel operators to keep black... Full story

 

Meaningful Tax Reform

According to the Washington Public Ports Association, as many as half of US-bound containers coming into Canada’s West Coast ports could revert to using US West Coast ports if importers were not... Full story

 

There's One Born Every Minute

Many in the maritime industry have been proactive in calling for the establishment of international standards controlling air emissions from ships. In 2007, the World Shipping Council supported the... Full story

 

Rhetoric

A draft proposal released by the Trump administration includes 47 potential Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas lease sales, including 19 off the coast of Alaska and seven in the Pacific... Full story

 

No Coal for You

In the January print edition we discuss the rejection of two shoreline permits by a Washington State hearing examiner for the construction of a $680 million coal terminal. Cowlitz County hearing examiner, Mark Scheibmeir, said he rejected the... Full story

 

Icebreakers for Oil

According to our Alaska bureau chief, Margaret Bauman, an arctic and ice navigation readiness project at the AVTEC Alaska Maritime Training Center in Seward, Alaska, has received a $95,000 financial... Full story

 

Hamlet is Next

The “infinite monkey” theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will eventually produce the complete works of William... Full story

 

Homemade

By now the damage from two deadly hurricanes has been assessed, and the states of Texas and Florida are cleaning up and rebuilding in the aftermath of the Harvey/Irma one-two punch. The first storm... Full story

 

Dream the Impossible

In June, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia reaffirmed their pledge to make the twin ports of the San Pedro Bay “global models for cleaner air, sustainability and... Full story

 

Your Money's Worth

In 1994, the US Coast Guard stopped training its cadets in Morse code and changed the name of the rating from “radioman” to “information systems technician.” In 2010 the Coast Guard... Full story

 

You're HIRED!

Last month the new administration revealed plans for a renewed emphasis on workforce development, announcing an initiative to expand apprenticeship programs into nontraditional industries in an... Full story

 

Good News for the Maritime Industry

“Out of the five branches of our Armed Services, it’s only the Coast Guard that has the power to break through 21 feet of rock-solid Arctic ice, right? You’re the only ones. And I’m proud to say that under my administration, as you just... Full story

 

Inter-Service Cooperation

Earlier this year, when President Trump announced the addition of $54 billion in added Defense Department spending for the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps, the US Coast Guard was notable in... Full story

 

April 2017 Fidley Watch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15,2017 EPA to Reexamine Emission Standards for Marine Vessels WASHINGTON– Today. Department of Transportation Secretary (DOT) Elaine Chao and US Environmental... Full story

 

All Stick, No Carrot

The 16th annual California Maritime Leadership Symposium took place last month in Sacramento, California. Past CMLS conferences have been operations-related, well organized and well attended. Past... Full story

 

Fake News

A news story in the Washington Post in mid-December detailed the efforts some scientists are making to ensure that “crucial climate measurements” don’t disappear under a “hostile” Trump... Full story

 

Pranks

When George W. Bush prepared to move to the White House for his first term as US President, the place was a mess. The Government Accounting Office reported that Executive Office staff, some of whom had been there 30 years, used words such as... Full story

 

Line Up

COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 23! In this space in January of 2014 we made our readers aware of the State of Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) plan to petition the US Environmental Protecti... Full story

 

Major Arctic Oil Finds

Two oil companies are claiming recent oil discoveries north of the Arctic Circle that could produce a combined 10 billion barrels of oil. Earlier this year, Colorado-based Armstrong Energy announced... Full story

 

Land Grab

“For years I have expressed significant concerns about offshore drilling in the Arctic. The federal administration should not enable new oil and gas drilling in these untouched areas that host such... Full story

 

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