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SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2008

FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2008

Friday Quote

You can't put a price on silence or solitude. You can't quantify the beauty of wilderness. And yet that's not going to stop the Bush administration from trying to sell off what should be the birthright of future generations. - Robert Redford, in an article...

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Excellent Hanford editorial

In “Our View: Time to settle Hanford case, avoid costly trials,” the Spokesman-Review editorial board hits all the right notes, concluding “the legal maneuvering to avoid responsibility has gone on long enough,” in the case of the potential 2, 000 downwinders exposed to radiation from...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2008


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008

"Thanks Eddie"

A wise man once uttered the phrase, “Clark, that’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year,” and though he was talking about a one-year membership in the jelly of the month club and we’re not Clark – the saying is timeless as is...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2008

Green Economy Part 1

Welcome to a DTE mini-series on the economy. This isn’t going to be too high-concept, since we’re armchair economists at best, but we firmly believe that a way out of this downturn is in the possibility of clean-energy and green-collar jobs. The following posts will...

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Clean coal - another holiday myth

Ah bah humbug to this "Christmas" carol. Before you write us off as a bunch of scrooges, here us out. We love parodies (if you don't believe check out our impressive Weird Al playlist on the iPod) but something about this really got us annoyed...

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Spokesman-Review story roundup

1954 Hanford photo by Nat Farbman from LIFE/Google archive. Good news for Hanford downwinders’ lawsuit. Be sure to check out Karen Dorne Steele’s feature on the U.S. supreme court rejecting an appeal by Hanford contractors. This recent action raises the hopes of a settlement for...

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MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2008

Another Green Monday 

In vino veritas. “In wine is truth.” Our Latin pretty much stops cold there. But one familiar story that always catches our attention and turns us sideways: The relationship between climate change and wine growth in Washington. Our state is second to California in premium-wine...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 13, 2008

Holiday Green Tip

There is a big part of us that wants to say you should forgo the urge to update your friends and family each holiday season with Christmas (or Festivus) cards and letters because of the unnecessary paper waste that will inevitably end up in landfills...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 12, 2008

Playing With House Money

*Photo credit - rejuvesite on Flickr Is it too much to ask for the county to go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to researching, educating and selecting what is believed to be the largest public works contract ever signed? We...

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Calm before the storm

We’re in for some serious weather in the Inland Northwest this week. A foot of snow and maybe even 10 below? Bring it on. Actually, please don’t. Be safe. In case you missed it in the S-R, public agencies have been getting the word out...

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Friday Quote

“The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our fore fathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.” --- Mahatma Gandhi

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THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 2008

Photo of the day

Outside a laboratory, a toy wagon is used to carry radioactive material at Hanford Atomic Energy plant in 1955. Photo by Nat Farbman, from the amazing LIFE/Google archive.

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Cheers for International Mountain Day

Photo of Nanga Parbat in Pakistan - one of DTE's favorite mountains *photo from Faisal.Saeed @ Flickr Today is International Mountain Day , a distinguished day first recognized by the UN General Assembly in 2003. For today, DTE is looking back on all of our...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, 2008



Uh-oh: Year-end lists

The wild year that was 2008 is coming to its uncertain conclusion, and now is the time media publications let loose a flood of year-end lists. (Presumably so some journalists can take vacations.) Time Magazine has one such list: 10 Green Stories. While we don’t...

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