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Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Oil & Gas Ordinances & Forced Pooling, Tesoro Anacortes Refinery Megaloads, Washington Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion, Spokane & Minnesota Climate Necessity Defenses 10-18-17

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:00

The Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on protective, local ordinances and forced pooling of oil and gas leases in Idaho, Tesoro megaload upgrades of an Anacortes refinery, possible expansion of a northwest Washington, tar sands pipeline, and Spokane and Minnesota court decisions allowing activists’ necessity defense and climate change expert testimony.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Tesoro Anacortes Refinery Megaloads, Moscow Indigenous Peoples Day, Shelley Brock of CAIA on Idaho Oil & Gas Forced Pooling, North Dakota Felony Convictions of Tar Sands Valve Turners 10-11-17

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:30

The Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on nine Andeavor-Tesoro megaloads moving from the Port of Anacortes to a March Point refinery, Moscow City Council renaming of Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day, Shelley Brock of Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability on forced pooling of oil and gas leases and development in Idaho, and court refusal of climate change testimony before the North Dakota, felony convictions of tar sands pipeline valve turners Michael Foster and Sam Jessup.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Categories: Climate Change

Resist Andeavor/Tesoro Anacortes Refinery Megaloads!

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 07:30

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activists learned on Wednesday, October 4, that Andeavor (formerly Tesoro) and its hauler Mammoet will soon transport nine massive, prefabricated, refinery upgrading components from the Port of Anacortes to March Point, Washington [1-3].  These “module movements” started rolling through Anacortes between Monday, October 2, and Thursday, October 5, off-loaded at the port and transfered multiple times during daylight hours (8 am to 5 pm) to a staging area at R Avenue and Ninth Street in Anacortes.  For their part in this scheme, Washington Department of Transportation crews did some overnight work on Wednesday-Thursday, October 4 and 5, requiring single lane closures and brief traffic holds while preparing to swing some intersection signal lights out of the path of the behemoths.  The first three “superloads” measure more than 30 feet wide and high and 200-plus feet long, but the last six cargos are smaller.

Mammoet is moving only one combination of tractor pull and push trucks, trailers, and pieces of refinery equipment per night during five early morning hours (midnight to 5 am), eastbound along sections of road successively closed then reopened to all regular traffic.  The oversized units will each travel 6.5 miles over minimal hills on Friday night, October 6-7, through Sunday morning, October 15.  During the first hour (midnight to 1 am), they will disrupt R Avenue between the staging area and Washington Highway 20, and according to posted warning signs, impede Highway 20 to March Point Road between 1 and 2:30 am, March Point Road to the North Texas Road intersection between 2 and 3:30 am, and that intersection to the North Texas gate and into the refinery between 3:30 and 4:30 am.  Mammoet must safely cover each segment of the route, from the staging area to its destination, during the designated time slots, or abandon its attempt for the night.

Andeavor claims that, “as part of our Clean Products Upgrade Project, the new modules will enable the refinery to further reduce the sulfur content of its transportation fuels, and meet the new Federal Tier 3 standards to reduce emissions.”  But WIRT encountered other likely deceptive, oil company propaganda concerning sulfur when the last three mining and refining megaloads crossed Idaho and Montana to a Great Falls tar sands refinery in fall 2014.  We believe that these megaloads upgrading the Andeavor refinery at March Point could expand its capacity to process Canadian tar sands, and thus impose myriad harms and forestall transitions to clean, alternative energy sources:

The Montana Refining Company destination of these reactor vessels would use the three pieces of a hydrocracker “to create ultra-low-sulfur diesel to meet EPA Clean Air [Act] standards.”…However, WIRT research has disclosed and widely publicized that these colossal megaloads would triple the conversion of 10,000 barrels per day of Canadian heavy bitumen (tar sands) crude into Rockies transportation fuels.  This crude oil arrives via pipelines and rail cars…Refinery emissions of under-regulated, toxic sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and related particulate matter from raw, typically high-sulfur tar sands results in the acidified rain and aquatic and terrestrial environments and the respiratory, cardiovascular, cancer, and other health risks and impacts of increasing U.S. production of fossil fuels from bitumen blends.  As new and upgraded tar sands and shale oil refineries proliferate,…the Northwest region can expect and resist more of these megaloads and their anticipated, significant impacts on air quality, human and environmental health, and climate stability, both in transit and at their destinations [4].

Coincidentally or not, a coalition named Protectors of the Salish Sea, including 350 Seattle, Mosquito Fleet, Greenpeace USA, and Red Line Salish Sea, are organizing, supporting, and hosting the public event Oil Free Salish Sea – March Point Rally from 11 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, October 7, a mere six hours after the first, presumed, tar sands megaload crushes their March Point Road parade route near the Shell and Andeavor refineries [5].  The action invites “canoe families, kayaktivists, bike activists, and all people who love the Salish Sea” to join the rally and walk, ride, paddle, sing, pray, and “educate ourselves about the human and environmental devastation fossil fuel brings to our land and water.”  Tribal canoes, kayaks, and boats will launch, and youth, adult, elder, indigenous, and guest participants and speakers will converge, for family friendly displays of solidarity with (also coincidentally timed) nine days of action on October 2 to 15, during court hearings brought by four First Nations against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline that would deliver almost one million barrels of tar sands oil per day to the March Point refineries that Andeavor is already planning and re-tooling with these megaloads to receive and thus further increase toxic pollution.  Are these participants aware of and committed to confronting this fossil fuel infrastructure expansion and transportation onslaught happening among their ceremonies?

Thanks to WIRT megaloads resistance activist Herb Goodwin, for notifying region-wide, Cascadian comrades and for riskily scouting, ground-truthing, and capturing photos around the perimeter of the superloads staging area security fence, while apparently surveilled by a drone [6].  WIRT is developing and distributing this and possible, upcoming alerts, in hopes that independent, west-side organizers and groups can locally meet and mobilize opposition to these megaloads.  As WIRT has often observed and experienced over seven years of direct actions, unless we are also defending our frontlines and communities at home, solidarity is little more than symbolic, if not futile.

[1] PSA HWY 20 Signage – Superloads Rolling through Anacortes, City of Anacortes, Washington

[2] Some @Andeavor Superloads are Starting to Move into #Anacortes…, WSDOT North Traffic on Twitter

[3] Module Movements at the Anacortes Refinery, Andeavor

[4] Sunday, August 10, Launch & Opposition to Bigge-Haul​ed Calumet Megaload, August 7, 2014 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[5] Oil Free Salish Sea – March Point Rally, Protectors of the Salish Sea

[6] Andeavor Anacortes Refinery Megaloads, October 5, 2017 Wild Idaho Rising Tide


Filed under: Alerts, Megaloads
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Longview Coal Terminal Rejection, Derailed Montana Coal Combustion, North Idaho Railroad Expansion & Spill Training, Coal Dust Health Impacts, North Dakota Valve Turner Trial 10-4-17

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 13:00

The Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on Washington state permit rejection of a Longview coal terminal, combustion of derailed coal in Montana, north Idaho rail bridge and track expansion, catastrophic spill training on Lake Pend Oreille, coal dust impacts on human health, and tar sands pipeline valve turner Michael Foster’s trial in a North Dakota court.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Climate Justice Forum: Montana Coal Train Spill Cleanup, Denied Coal Terminal Permit, Empty Rail Bridge Test Site, Spokane Train Blockader Hearings, Columbia Gorge Trains Near Wildfires, Idaho Oil & Gas Forced Pooling & Auctions 9-27-17

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 13:00

The Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on belated cleanup of spilled, smoldering coal five weeks after a Montana derailment along the Clark Fork River.  We also cover Washington state agency denial of a key permit for the last, proposed, Northwest, coal train terminal, seasonal conclusion of second, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge test work, Spokane coal and oil train blockader court hearing updates, hazardous material trains near Columbia Gorge wildfires, and Idaho oil and gas lease auctions, forced pooling applications, mineral owner objections, and hearings.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Tar Sands Pipeline Valve Turners Conversation with Wen Stephenson, Spokane Train Blockader Hearings, Second Lake Rail Bridge Equipment Removal, Smoldering Montana Coal Train Spill 9-20-17

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 13:00

The Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a webcast conversation among the tar sands pipeline valve turners and independent author and activist Wen Stephenson, discussing their climate direct action motivated by hope and doom.  We also cover upcoming court hearings of coal and oil train blockader George Taylor in Spokane, equipment removal from the second, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge, pile load test site near Sandpoint, and smoldering, uncleared coal at the August 13, Clark Fork River, coal train derailment and spill site in Montana.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: An Inconvenient Sequel Reactions, Highway 95 Lawsuit Decision, Climate Change Effects on Western Wildfires, Hurricane Harvey Pollution, Yellowstone Area Earthquakes 9-13-17

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 13:00

The Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections about Al Gore’s climate cataclysm film, An Inconvenient Sequel, a federal lawsuit decision on Highway 95 realignment and expansion near Moscow, climate change effects on western U.S. wildfires and smoke, Hurricane Harvey’s polluted aftermath, and Idaho and Montana earthquake swarms near the Yellowstone volcano.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Steve Ullrich on Federal, Highway 95 Lawsuit, Montana Coal Train Wreck, Regional Meteorite Fireball, Northwest Wildfires & Smoke, Abandoned Oil Terminal Proposals, Wisconsin Pipeline Protests

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 13:00

The Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a KRFP report and interview of Steve Ullrich of the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition, about a federal lawsuit challenging the eastern alignment and expansion of U.S. Highway 95 south of Moscow.  We also cover news about the Montana Rail Link coal train wreck near Heron, a regionally seen, meteorite fireball, hazardous, Northwest air conditions and evacuations from record wildfires, two abandoned, Grays Harbor, oil-by-rail terminal proposals, and water protector actions against Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline construction in Wisconsin.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Third Panhandle Paddle Report & Photos

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 21:00

Third Panhandle Paddle 8-27-17 (35 event photos)

Thanks to each and all of the grassroots activists who converged from across the country, for third, annual, Panhandle Paddle activities co-hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allies, on August 25 to 27 in Sandpoint, Idaho. Participants discussed, trained for, planned, and staged resistance to Alberta tar sands, Bakken shale oil, and Powder River Basin coal trains and terminals that have caused wrecks, fires, spills, and pollution throughout the Northwest, from the Clark Fork upriver town of Heron, Montana, to the Columbia River Gorge village of Mosier, Oregon, and dozens of other locations.  Their enthusiastic involvement shows that Northwest residents will continue to protest fossil fuel and railroad industry proposals of new and expanded infrastructure, like north Idaho, double track construction and a second, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge.  After seven Idaho and Montana train derailments and collisions, two deadly, in seven months within 43 miles of Sandpoint, concerned citizens are rising up against coal and oil train traffic that recklessly endangers the health and safety of Northwest communities, environments, and the global climate.

No2ndBridge Discussion

At a third, informal, two-hour, No2ndBridge meeting on Friday evening, August 25, at the Gardenia Center, activists shared information and brainstormed creative tactics for ongoing, collective resistance to Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s (BNSF) second, parallel, lake, rail bridge plans and pile load test preparations. Participants brought snacks, beverages, and ideas about campaign organizing, site monitoring, and bolstering Idaho Panhandle and regional momentum against this BNSF scheme, and continued conversations throughout the weekend.

Direct Action Training

Water protectors, land defenders, and climate activists gathered for a five-hour, interactive, direct action training workshop on Saturday, August 26, at the Gardenia Center. Through participant-adapted presentations and videos with discussions and practice sessions, resident and recorded trainers offered frontline skills, stories, and insights on knowing your rights, community security, strategizing, action roles, ground games, countering police tactics, and jail solidarity.  Event coordinators contributed potluck food and encouraged attendance of upcoming films and trainings on specific topics.

Flotilla & Rallies

For a third year, on Sunday, August 27, activists from western Washington to New Hampshire brought their boats, bodies, and bravery to City Beach Park, for rallies and a kayaktivist flotilla around the current, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge. With manual watercraft and large, highly visible banners and signs, Panhandle Paddlers launched a canoe and walkers who protested en route and at BNSF’s pile load test site for a second, lake, rail bridge at Dog Beach Park.  With plenty of mutual aid during four hours of actions, the successful event provided enjoyable and effective, activism opportunities.

Visit the WIRT facebook and website pages, and contact WIRT, for further background and event information, and to support necessary costs and materials with donations of funds and supplies.


Filed under: Coal/Oil Trains/Ports, Photos
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Spokane Coal Train Rider, Fossil Fuel Trains Before Third Panhandle Paddle, Montana Oil Trains through Coal Train Wreck, Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal Hearing, Spokane Coal & Oil Train Ballot Measure, Minnesota Valve Turner Hearing,...

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 13:00

The Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news about a shirtless, coal train rider in Spokane, Third Panhandle Paddle actions and increased fossil fuel train traffic in Sandpoint, and the Montana Rail Link coal train wreck and oil trains in Montana.  We also cover a Tesoro Savage oil-by-rail terminal hearing in Vancouver, a ballot measure proposed to fine uncovered coal trains and volatile oil trains in Spokane, a tar sands pipeline valve turner court hearing in Minnesota, and earthquakes around the current and proposed, Lake Pend Oreille rail bridges.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Montana Coal Train Spill, Third Panhandle Paddle, Idaho & Washington Energy Committee Meetings, Halted Montana Coal Mine, Dakota Access Lawsuit Against Water Protectors, Tacoma Gas Plant & Wisconsin Pipeline Protests 8-23-17

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 13:00

The Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features updates on the Third Panhandle Paddle in Sandpoint and the Montana Rail Link coal train wreck and spill into the Clark Fork River in Montana, and news about meetings of the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.  We also cover a Montana court victory over expansion of an underground coal mine, a Dakota Access pipeline company lawsuit against NoDAPL, water protectors, and protests of a liquefied natural gas plant in Tacoma and an Enbridge tar sands pipeline in Wisconsin.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Third Panhandle Paddle

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 11:30

August 25-27 Third Panhandle Paddle

No2ndBridge Panel, Action Training, & Flotilla Rally

The Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) collective and allied activists, friends, and supporters invite and heartily welcome your input and involvement during an upcoming weekend of opportunities to discuss, train for, and stage resistance to the fossil fuel and railroad industry degraders of basic, global, human, environmental, and climate health and rights. In the wake of seven north Idaho and northwest Montana train derailments and collisions in five months, the disastrous, oil and coal train wrecks, spills, and pollution in the Columbia River Gorge village of Mosier, Oregon, and the upstream, Clark Fork River town of Heron, Montana, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway’s (BNSF) north Idaho, double track construction and second, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge proposal and preparation, interior Northwest residents are rising up, organizing, and co-hosting third annual Panhandle Paddle activities, to stand against the volatile Alberta tar sands and fracked Bakken crude oil trains, dusty Powder River Basin coal trains, and fossil fuel infrastructure use, expansion, and deterioration that recklessly endanger our lives, communities, lands, water, air, and climate [1-3].  Please join us at these annual events at the Gardenia Center, City Beach Park, and Dog Beach Park in Sandpoint, Idaho, on August 25 to 27!

No2ndBridge Panel Discussion

6 pm Friday, August 25

Gardenia Center, Sandpoint

At this third, informal, No2ndBridge meeting, local citizens will share issue information, expand knowledge, and brainstorm ongoing tactics and strategies for creatively engaging and mobilizing further community resistance and regulatory and legal recourse to BNSF’s proposed, second, parallel, 4800-foot rail bridge across Lake Pend Oreille, its preliminary, pile load test project, and the current, dirty energy train, bottleneck bridge that activists have denounced during each of the Panhandle Paddles [4-6]. Please bring snacks and your ideas and concerns about campaign organizing and site monitoring, and gather with numerous, regional participants at 6 pm on Friday evening, August 25, at the Gardenia Center, 400 Church Street in Sandpoint, Idaho.  After the meeting, we plan to broaden camaraderie and coalitions among fellow activists, while continuing conversations and enjoying music at downtown pubs on Friday evening.

Direct Action Training

10 am to 4 pm Saturday, August 26

Gardenia Center, Sandpoint

Grassroots, indigenous, environmental, and climate activists converging from across the region will offer several crucial, interactive, training workshops through talks and videos sharing frontline skills, stories, and insights, chosen by and adapted to rural participants and supporting various ecological and social resistance movements within the current, U.S., political context. Relying more on direct actions than the expensive, legal system or other, ineffective, government processes, resident and visiting trainers will provide one-hour presentations and practice sessions on topics such as strategizing, community security, knowing your rights, scouting, ground games, action roles, safety and self-defense, countering police tactics, and jail solidarity.  Water protectors, land defenders, climate activists, and other instigators giving these trainings hope to connect with, learn about, and nurture the inspiring momentum building in the Idaho Panhandle.  Organizers encourage people attending to RSVP in advance, to request coverage of particular topics and further logistical information, and to contribute potluck food and trainer travel funds.  Join WIRT and guests anytime between 10 am and 4 pm on Saturday, August 26, at the Gardenia Center, 400 Church Street in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Flotilla & Rally

10 & 11 am Sunday, August 27

City & Dog Beach Parks, Sandpoint

For a third year, WIRT and allied activists are bringing their boats, bodies, and bravery to two locations, for on- and off-shore protests of Northwest coal, oil, and tar sands transports and terminals and the proposed, BNSF, second, lake rail bridge [7, 8]. To accommodate the schedules of participants who are renting single or double kayaks, paddleboards, or other manual watercraft from downtown Sandpoint businesses that open at 10 am, activists are meeting at the same time on Sunday, August 27, near the south boat launch at City Beach Park, for music, speakers, and a kayaktivist flotilla around the current rail bridge, departing after people arrive by land and water.  At 11 am on Sunday morning, another rally will greet Panhandle Paddlers at Dog Beach Park south of Sandpoint, Idaho.  Bring large, attractive banners and signs, visible to observers at great distances from both gatherings, and respond to WIRT with your boat rental intentions and mobility needs, so we can reserve and cover the costs of watercraft, and arrange bike trailer transportation for folks who cannot walk to Dog Beach Park.

Third Panhandle Paddle Support

Can you donate toward watercraft rental fees or offer boats, gear, or supplies for this event? Would you drive enthusiastic, Panhandle Paddle participants to Sandpoint, or help with their travel expenses?  Can your group or organization endorse and/or co-sponsor this demonstration of people power?  Will you contribute your inspiring words and/or melodies or sustaining snacks and beverages?  Please visit the WIRT facebook and website pages, and contact WIRT via phone, text, email, facebook, or website, with your questions and suggestions and for further background and event information, to offer materials and assistance with collective expenses, and to bolster this community event [9].  Print and post the color, letter-sized, PDF version of the Third Panhandle Paddle Flyer.  We eagerly anticipate sharing these experiences with you and your friends, family members, neighbors, and co-workers on August 25 to 27 in Sandpoint, grateful that regional community members are actively opposing dirty energy extraction and transportation.

[1] Montana Rail Link Coal Train Wreck near Heron, Montana 8-15-17, August 17, 2017 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[2] Sandpoint and Spokane Stand with Mosier, May 29, 2017 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[3] “Rail Bridge, Double Track, Idaho” Google Search, August 18, 2017 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[4] Second Rail Bridge Meeting and Earth First! Workshops and Gathering, June 19, 2017 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[5] Second Rail Bridge Community Meeting, May 1, 2017 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[6] Herb Goodwin at the Sandpoint Blessing (Lummi Totem Pole Journey 2016), August 28, 2016 New American Underground

[7] Totem Poles and Kayaks Against Fossil Fuels: Second Panhandle Paddle, August 22, 2016 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[8] Panhandle Paddle!, August 21, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[9] Support WIRT, Wild Idaho Rising Tide


Filed under: Alerts, Coal/Oil Trains/Ports
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Montana Riverside Coal Train Wreck, Idaho Oil & Gas Forced Pooling, Herb Goodwin & NoDAPL Court Cases, Upcoming Hearings, Gatherings, & Actions 8-16-17

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:00

The Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news about the Montana Rail Link coal train wreck and spill into a northwest Montana river upstream of Lake Pend Oreille, and updates on the court cases of a southwest Idaho group challenging forced, oil and gas lease pooling, and of WIRT activist Herb Goodwin and other Dakota Access pipeline water protectors.  We also offer announcements of the upcoming Healing Gathering for the Land and Water‎ in northern Alberta, Third Panhandle Paddle in Sandpoint, and fossil fuel train blockader George Taylor’s necessity defense hearing in Spokane.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Young, Climate Lawsuit Plaintiffs Visit Sandpoint on Saturday, August 12

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:15

On Saturday, August 12, from 12 noon to 2 pm, meet Gabe Mandell, Aji Piper, and Adonis Williams, three of the 21 world-famous children involved in “trials of the millennium” – climate lawsuits brought by young people against state and federal governments [1-3].  These court cases allege that governments’ roles in creating and perpetuating the climate crisis violate the U.S. Constitution and public trust doctrine.  Adonis, Aji, and Gabe will share their stories through words and music, depicting the renowned, federal, Juliana v. U.S. and Washington state lawsuits they have filed to ensure a sustainable, livable environment for them and future generations.

These incredible litigants also serve as climate justice ambassadors for the Pacific Northwest chapter of Plant for the Planet, an international organization with over 100,000 young members who have planted more than 14 billion trees in over 130 nations [4].  Through this public presentation and following youth event, with free but limited audience seating at the Gardenia Center, 400 Church Street in Sandpoint, Idaho, learn what you can do to join this movement.  Event sponsors 350Sandpoint, Pacific Northwest Plant for the Planet, and Our Children’s Trust encourage family attendance.  For further information, see the enclosed links and attached flyer and media release, and email and call the hosts at info@350sandpoint.org and 208-627-9084.  Thanks!

[1] Youth vs. Government Coming to Sandpoint – Trial of the Century, 350Sandpoint, Pacific Northwest Plant for the Planet, & Our Children’s Trust facebook event

[2] Trial of the Century – Kids vs. Government Coming to Sandpoint, facebook community

[3] Trial of the Century – Kids vs. Government Coming to Sandpoint, facebook video

[4] Climate Change for Families, Plant for the Planet


Filed under: Climate Change, Events
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Spokane Train Blockaders Talk, Rolling Washington Oil Train Blockades, Kalispel Tribe Paddle, Tar Sands Healing Gathering & Valve Turner Hearings, Sandpoint Climate Resistance Events 8-9-17

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 13:00

The Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features the second half of the Spokane train blockaders talk in Sandpoint, Idaho, on July 29.  Raging Grannies Margie Heller, Nancy Nelson, and Deena Romoff and Veteran for Peace Rusty Nelson discuss their reasons for and results of stopping coal and oil trains in East Spokane, Washington, in late August and September 2016.  We also cover upcoming, tar sands pipeline valve turner hearings, a northern Alberta healing gathering, a Kalispel Tribe paddle, and Sandpoint climate change and rail bridge resistance presentations, trainings, and actions, as well as two Shut Down Fossil Fuels blockades of the same oil train in western Washington, on Monday after Base Camp.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show offers news and interviews about continent-wide, community opposition to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Early August Climate & Indigenous Activism Opportunities!

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 20:30

August 3-5: Remember the Water Kalispel Pow Wow & Paddle

From 9 am on Thursday, August 3, until Saturday, August 5, descendants of the original inhabitants of remote, north Idaho, the Kalispel people, will paddle 51 miles in traditional canoes and camp twice, between City Beach Park in Sandpoint, Idaho, and the Kalispel Pow Wow Grounds north of Usk, Washington. Nathan Piengkham and other organizers of the event called Remember the Water invite regional, canoe families, water protectors, and supporters to join them in part or all of their amazing journey on Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River, emphasizing respect for water throughout their aboriginal homeland.  They ask for help with extra food, canoes, and kayaks, brought to the Thursday morning send-off and later camps.

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activists have been eagerly awaiting this event, grateful, encouraged, and elated that Kalispel and other tribal families are reviving traditional canoes and accompanying ceremonies that restore and show inspiring interactions with sacred lake and river waters. Potential participants can reserve and rent kayaks and paddle boards at two downtown Sandpoint businesses, and converge with any type of manual watercraft at “Sand Place,” the Kalispel name for current City Beach Park, the site of some of the largest, Northwest gatherings and festivals of Natives until the 1930s.  Or plan to meet at one of the various camping spots and/or paddle on shorter sections of the trip.  See the following links and the Kalispel facebook page, for event flyers, route maps, updates, and further information about event schedules and locations, subject to change.

Remember the Water Kalispel Pow Wow 51-Mile Paddle, July 19, 2017 Ivy Sparrow Robin

Remember the Water Pow Wow & 51-Mile Paddle, July 25, 2017 Nathan Piengkham

Sandpoint City Beach Park to Kalispel Pow Wow Grounds Route, July 19, 2017 Helen Yost

August 3-6: Base Camp: Shut Down the Fossil Fuel Empire

Although local, urgent campaigns and solidarity with indigenous activists always hold greatest, WIRT priority, we are sharing news of this Northwest, fossil fuels-fighting, action camp to request Idaho representation and information transfer, after numerous disappointments in low, regional, workshop and Break Free PNW participation and trainers denial of mutual support to upstream Cascadia comrades, including the recent Earth First! Road Show cancellation two days in advance. Nonetheless, we consider Idahoans’ attendance of Base Camp crucial to effective coordination of region-wide protests and local resident proficiency in resistance skills.  Please let us know soon if you can carpool to the Washington location of this convergence, and check out the Skill Share and Tactics pages of its website, for information on how to safely stall and blockade trains.

“Climate, lands, and water protectors among us have stopped tar sands trucks, halted Arctic drilling equipment, shut down coal export docks, turned off pipelines, blockaded oil trains, and converged en mass on refineries. We have consistently defended against fossil fuel expansion, but how, now, do we shut down the existing machinery of death?…Come camp with us. Let’s spend time together in the forest.  Let’s develop a vision and share skills.  Let’s hear each other’s stories from Standing Rock and insights from local battles.  Let’s mourn the losses we are suffering, build campfires, make blockade art, strategize, and rage against death.” (excerpts)

Base Camp: Shut Down the Fossil Fuel Empire, June 2017 Northwest comrades

#NODAPL: How to Block Trains, 2016 MTL Counter-Info via subMedia

August 5: #No2ndBridge Outreach at Long Bridge Swim

To expand knowledge and raise resistance to the proposed, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, second rail bridge across Lake Pend Oreille, WIRT and allied activists are gathering at 8 am on Saturday, August 5, at Dog Beach Park south of Sandpoint, Idaho, to distribute #No2ndBridge fact sheets and Third Panhandle Paddle & Action Camp flyers, at the Long Bridge Swim. Without consensus on a regular day and time to involve the entire #No2ndBridge group in ongoing, tactical sessions, and with pile load test site monitoring and campaign organizing left to a few, subsequently disheartened activists, we will also likely engage in an informal, #No2ndBridge meeting, besides issue outreach on Saturday morning.  For the pertinent, third annual Panhandle Paddle on August 25 to 27, we are locally planning a #No2ndBridge panel discussion on Friday evening, August 25, a daylong, direct action training session on Saturday, August 26, and a kayaktivist flotilla around the current rail bridge on Sunday, August 27, stirring further #No2ndBridge and coal and oil train resistance.

The Long Bridge Swim in Sandpoint, Idaho


Filed under: Alerts, Coal/Oil Trains/Ports
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Spokane Train Blockaders Talk in Sandpoint, Kalispel Tribe Paddle, Fossil Fuel Resistance Camp, #No2ndBridge Outreach, Oil Pipeline Protests, Sabotage, & Reduced Regulations 8-2-17

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 13:00

The Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features the first of two parts of the Spokane train blockaders talk in Sandpoint, Idaho, on July 29.  Raging Grannies Margie Heller, Nancy Nelson, and Deena Romoff and Veteran for Peace Rusty Nelson discuss their backgrounds, motivations, arrests, and court cases for blocking Burlington Northern Santa Fe coal and oil trains in East Spokane, Washington, in late August and September 2016.  We also cover an upcoming Kalispel Tribe paddle, a fossil fuel resistance camp, second Lake Pend Oreille rail bridge opposition outreach, and oil pipeline protests, sabotage, and reduced regulations in California, North Dakota, and Montana.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show offers news and interviews about continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Climate Justice Forum: George Taylor on Spokane Train Blockades & Necessity Defense & Climate Rights Lawsuits, Blockader Talk & Pow Wow Paddle in Sandpoint, Washington Grain Train Derailment, Trans Mountain Pipeline Protest in California 7-26-17

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 13:00

The Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a conversation with Lutheran pastor, Veteran for Peace, and Spokane Climate Protector George Taylor.  George will talk about the context and motivations of Spokane fossil fuel train blockades and associated, lawsuit hearings upholding the necessity defense and Constitutional rights to a healthy climate and community self-government.  We also discuss the Spokane Climate Protector talk and Kalispel Powwow Paddle in Sandpoint, another, inland Northwest, grain train derailment, and a California protest of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online via livestream, the show covers news and interviews about continent-wide, community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Spokane Train Blockaders Talk in Sandpoint on July 29

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:26

On Saturday, July 29, from 11 am to 1 pm, North Idaho Resistance Movement (NIRM) and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) will gratefully co-host some of the six brave Raging Grannies and Veterans for Peace who blocked coal and oil trains in Spokane, Washington, twice in 2016 [1]. Their talk in the Rose Room of the Gardenia Center, 400 Church Street in Sandpoint, Idaho, will discuss their arrests and court cases, and will include a question-and-answer session followed by a potluck.  The free, public event welcomes food items to share and donations for the legal and travel expenses of these Spokane Climate Protectors, who are also raising funds online through GoFundMe [2].  For further event information and current media and grassroots coverage of this issue, see the following, expanded event announcement, and contact Sparrow Ivy of NIRM at 208-627-9084.  A June 26, WIRT alert, which appeared in the Earth First! Newswire, provides earlier issue descriptions [3, 4].

Raging Grannies Margie Heller, Nancy Nelson, and Deena Romoff and Veterans for Peace Maeve Aeolus, Rusty Nelson, and George Taylor stopped ever-increasing, dusty coal and explosive oil trains at two demonstrations on Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) tracks, near Trent and Napa streets in East Spokane, in late August and September 2016. Now known as the Spokane Climate Protectors, these six visionaries have contributed immensely to the struggle for clean air and water and the health of the planet, through their direct actions and state and federal court cases.  Since June 26, 2017, two hearings and presentations, expert testimony, and a federal court decision denying citizen rights to a livable climate and local self-governance have drastically altered the legal situation of these fossil fuel train blockaders.  Spokane attorneys Eric Christianson and Rachael Osborn anticipate advocating the necessity defense of Reverend George Taylor, the only remaining defendant going to trial, at an August 21, Spokane County District Court hearing.

George Taylor on Climate Justice Forum

The Wednesday, July 26, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective WIRT, will feature a 40-minute, recorded, telephone conversation with Lutheran pastor, Veteran for Peace, and Spokane Climate Protector George Taylor.  George will talk about the context and motivations of Spokane fossil fuel train blockades and associated, lawsuit hearings upholding the necessity defense and Constitutional rights to a healthy climate and community self-government.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online via livestream, the show covers news and interviews about continent-wide, community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ [5].

Spokane County Hearing

Videographers and news reporters for two Spokane television stations and dozens of activists attended the June 26, Spokane County court hearing of the Spokane Climate Protectors before Judge Debra Hayes [6-9]. These cohorts broke laws about trespassing on railroad tracks and stopping and delaying trains, to protect their grandchildren, communities, and the global environment threatened by fossil fuels and subsequent climate change.  Before the court had decided whether to allow the defendants’ necessity defense, the three-hour, pre-trial motion hearing included expert testimony on climate change and civil resistance from two key witnesses.  For an hour starting at about 2:45 pm on that Monday afternoon, Rachel Osborn questioned climate scientist and Nobel laureate Steven Running, of NASA, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the University of Montana, who explained the dynamics of and strong scientific consensus on growing carbon emissions, their fossil fuel sources, and their impacts on climate change.  Along with 15 documents submitted to the court, Dr. Running’s candid explanations provided clear evidence that global temperatures and accompanying, detrimental effects are rising, due primarily to four industries: coal, oil, gas, and cement.  Portland State University professor and civil resistance scholar and author Thomas Hastings added two more admitted documents and another hour of assertions, describing how non-violent, direct actions have historically, most effectively resolved long-term, social and environmental problems, and convinced governments and other institutions to change policies, more rapidly than conventional methods and twice as often as violent resistance.

Determined to proceed with this court case and trial, 77-year-old, Lutheran minister George Taylor did not take the stand at the June 26 hearing that he considers another form of protest. But he will describe his previous climate activism and train blockade reasons when lawyers motion for his necessity defense at the next, August 21 hearing.  Three of the Spokane Climate Protectors accepted plea deal contracts with the state (stipulated orders of continuance, SOCs), before the hearing concluded at 5 pm.  The SOCs borne by Maeve Aeolus, Margie Heller, and Deena Romoff impose minor fines, no activism-related misdemeanors for one and a half years, and no contact with BNSF.  Two blockaders, Nancy and Rusty Nelson, could not participate in the hearing, due to a previous scheduling conflict.  Like the others, they will agree in early August to pay a fine and not block railroad tracks or contact BNSF for 18 months.  The state will drop their charges of second degree trespassing and blocking a transportation route, if they comply.

Witnesses for the Climate

Amid a powerful lightning, thunder, and rain storm and brightly colorful sunset on Monday evening, June 26, WIRT recorded, photographed, and participated in the Witnesses for the Climate talk, hosted by Direct Action Spokane at the Community Building in Spokane, Washington [10-12]. The educational forum presented by climate change and civil disobedience experts, who testified earlier in the day at a Spokane County court hearing, on behalf of the necessity defense of the Spokane Climate Protectors, involved an audience of about 60 mostly older activists.

University of Montana professor of global ecology, NASA Earth Science Subcommittee chair, and internationally recognized, climate change expert Steve Running discussed fossil fuels-driven increases in greenhouse gases and subsequent climate chaos. Portland State University professor, researcher, and long-time activist Tom Hastings described nonviolent, direct action and conflict resolution throughout history.  He recommended the 2011 book Why Civil Resistance Works, by Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan, and Dr. Chenoweth’s TED and other talks, to better understand peaceful protests [13, 14].  In a more recent and illuminating, 12-minute presentation, Erica states that, “Civil resistance is now the primary way that people are challenging entrenched power from below” (6:28), most successfully without violent flanks that expand a “diversity of tactics” [15].  Activists and organizers “need to promote greater access to information, skills, and collective wisdom about how non-violent campaigns succeed on their own terms” (9:58).

Federal Lawsuit

In January 2017, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) filed a case on behalf of six Spokane area residents, including physician Dr. Gunnar Holmquist and the Spokane Climate Protectors, challenging the federal government for failing to honor citizen rights to a healthy climate and for obstructing rights to the local self-government necessary to securing a livable climate [16-18]. On the July 11 evening before a motion hearing of the Holmquist v. United States lawsuit, the plaintiffs’ attorney, Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin of CELDF, one of the first Spokane, tar sands megaload protesters while a Gonzaga law student, gave a presentation about the case and actions expected of the federal government and court.  Most of the Spokane Climate Protectors participated in the discussion at the free, public event called Making the Legal Argument for Our Right to a Livable Climate, held in the Community Building in Spokane.

On Wednesday morning, July 12, in the Thomas S. Foley federal courthouse in downtown Spokane, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Thomas Rice presided over a hearing to determine if the court would accept the lawsuit, after the federal government filed a motion to dismiss it [19-21]. About 30 supporters arrived early to show government-issued photo identification, to access and pack the courtroom gallery of this Obama administration appointee.  Spokane climate activists hoped to overturn a 1995 federal law, the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (ICCTA) that may preempt local laws from banning coal and oil trains as violations of Constitutional rights to a healthy climate.  Oral arguments by the Spokane plaintiffs’ legal representative cited a ruling by Oregon U.S. District Court Chief Judge Ann Aiken in the landmark, Juliana v. United States, climate lawsuit brought by Our Children’s Trust, whose young, mentoring, plaintiff ambassadors will visit Sandpoint for an enthusiastic, August 12 talk on sustainability and replacing carbon in the ground [22].  Fossil fuels and manufacturing trade groups have unsuccessfully sought appellate review of Judge Aiken’s decision, before the case could even go to trial.

Ironically, in the wake of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, and after decades without meaningful, responsible, government actions to avert climate change, skeptical Judge Rice repeatedly agreed with the Washington D.C. lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice, that federal laws do not preclude citizens from seeking relief for climate concerns through state and national elections and legislative and executive avenues. But recent studies have concluded that ordinary people cannot influence how federal representatives decide policy.  Judge Rice did not immediately rule from the bench, but said that he would issue a written order on lawsuit acceptance or dismissal within days.  By July 15, CELDF distributed a media release declaring that the federal judge granted the government defendant motion to dismiss the climate rights case on procedural grounds of standing, ignoring basic human rights to a healthy, stable climate and local community self-governance, not to mention the urgency of reducing the fossil fuel-generated, greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change [21].  Although the plaintiffs may appeal this decision through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals within 60 days, the ruling invites another Spokane, climate rights, ballot initiative banning coal and oil trains to move forward and face possible legal challenges.

Local Direct Actions

Non-violent, civil resistance not only eventually, successfully banishes violent oppressors, like the fossil fuel industry and its corporate and government facilitators, it encourages broader involvement, more benevolent and creative behavior, and the ultimate emergence of more peaceful and just societies. Targetless, passive events, such as movies, presentations, and climate marches, are not enough to shift power to the people from ever-present, repressive, climate change perpetrators.  But ongoing, grassroots, fossil fuel resistance tactics, like those practiced by Spokane and WIRT activists outside the inherently corrupt, American, political system, can catalyze opportunities for and transitions to resilient communities and healthier energy economies.  As through the visits and talks by Olympia Stand comrades, tar sands pipeline valve turners, Standing Rock warriors, and other allies, we trust that bringing train- blockading Raging Grannies and Veterans for Peace to Sandpoint will closely connect local activists with assertive models of valiant, effective actions that they can emulate.

[1] Spokane Raging Grannies & Veterans for Peace Event in Sandpoint, June 11, 2017 Ivy Sparrow Robin and Helen Yost

[2] Spokane Climate Protectors GoFundMe, April 25, 2017 Deena Romoff

[3] Spokane Train Blockaders’ Necessity Defense, Expert Testimony & Presentation, & Sandpoint Talk, June 26, 2017 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[4] Spokane Train Blockaders Will Use Necessity Defense, June 26, 2017 Earth First Newswire!

[5] Listen Online, KRFP Radio Free Moscow

[6] Environmental Activist Heads to Court for Blocking Coal, Oil Trains, June 26, 2017 KREM

[7] Raging Grannies: We Had No Other Choice, June 26, 2017

[8] Two Television News Reporters and a WIRT Activist…, June 27, 2017 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[9] Three Oil Train Opponents Agree Not to Protest Again for 18 Months, June 26, 2017 Spokane Public Radio

[10] Witnesses for the Climate 6-26-17, June 28, 2017 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[11] Witnesses for the Climate, Direct Action Spokane

[12] Witnesses for the Climate, Spokane Public Radio

[13] Erica Chenoweth website, Erica Chenoweth

[14] The Success of Nonviolent Civil Resistance: Erica Chenoweth at TEDxBoulder, November 4, 2013 TEDx Talks

[15] The Stunning Success of Nonviolent Resistance – Erica Chenoweth, March 3, 2016 University of Denver

[16] Tonight and Tomorrow!, July 11, 2017 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[17] Making the Legal Argument for Our Right to a Healthy and Livable Climate, July 11, 2017 Pacific Northwest Inlander

[18] Making the Legal Argument for Our Right to a Healthy and Livable Climate, July 11, 2017 Spokane Public Radio

[19] People’s Right to a Healthy Climate Takes Center Stage in Federal Court, July 7, 2016 EcoWatch

[20] Lawsuit Seeking Coal and Oil Train Ban in Downtown Spokane Gets Hearing, July 12, 2017 Spokesman-Review

[21] Press Release: Court Dismisses Climate Lawsuit on Procedural Grounds; Constitutional Right to a Healthy Climate Ignored, July 15, 2017 Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

[22] Juliana v. U. S. Climate Lawsuit, Our Children’s Trust


Filed under: Coal/Oil Trains/Ports, Events
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Tacoma LNG Plant & Pipeline Resistance, Longview Coal Terminal, Oregon Rail Reloading Facility, Spokane Climate Change Ordinance, Federal Court Cases on Paradise Ridge Highway 95, Spokane Climate Rights, & Swinomish Reservation...

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:00

The Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news about Puyallup tribal and allied protection of the Salish Sea from a natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas plant in the Tacoma, Washington area.  Among discussions of upcoming talks and action camps, a proposed, Longview, coal terminal and eastern Oregon, rail reloading facility, and a Spokane climate change ordinance, we also air updates on federal court cases brought by the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition against U.S. Highway 95 expansion onto Paradise Ridge, by Spokane fossil fuel train blockaders for citizen rights to a healthy climate, and by the Swinomish Tribe against Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway oil-by-rail transports across its lands.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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