• Nicholas

    Portland to DEQ: “NO COAL”

    by  • July 11, 2013 • Nicholas, No Coal, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, The Shaming Room • 4 Comments

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    Rather than write my own account of the DEQ’s Coyote Island coal export terminal draft permit hearings, I’m going to embed my favorite videos of community members who spoke against the permits inside the hearings and at the People’s Hearing outside of the Oregon Convention Center. If you’re looking to be inspired and to...

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    From Resilience to #Blockupy and Back Again

    by  • June 26, 2013 • Austerity, Nicholas, No Coal, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities • 0 Comments

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    At the beginning of June, I found myself in Germany. The formal purpose of the trip was to attend a congress in Bonn called Resilient Cities, which, since 2010, annually brings together a wide swath of important people — city officials, academics, members of state & international regulatory and financing apparatuses, non-profits, non-governmental organizations,...

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    “Austerity is Insane”

    by  • April 12, 2013 • Austerity, Nicholas, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland • 1 Comment

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    Last night, the City of Portland held budget hearings at Montgomery Park. Several hundred people attended; so many that testimony had to be limited to a minute. There was incredible energy in the room and impassioned testimony by community members highlighted the programs that will be severely impacted if cuts proceed as expected. One person in...

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    Rep. Blumenauer: Say No to Transcanada & the Portland Business Alliance

    by  • March 22, 2013 • Nicholas, No Coal, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities, The Shaming Room, Uncategorized • 3 Comments

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    Representative Blumenauer, I stopped by your office yesterday to request, as a constituent, that you withdraw from the March 27th Portland Business Alliance members only luncheon, which is sponsored in part by TransCanada. TransCanada, of course, is the owner of the Keystone XL pipeline project which aims to transport oil from the Alberta Tar...

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    Open Letter to ESCO Corporation

    by  • March 19, 2013 • Nicholas, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities, The Shaming Room • 0 Comments

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    This letter was delivered to ESCO Corporation as a part of March 18′s Tour of Portland’s Worst Polluters Ride – Tar Sands Edition: TO:           Calvin Collins, Corporate Officers, and ESCO Corporation Employees RE:           ESCO’s Legacy and Place in the Community DATE:      March 18, 2013 ESCO, we’ve come to...

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    Brand Portland — The Greenwashing Machine

    by  • March 10, 2013 • Nicholas, No Coal, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities, The Shaming Room, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Sustainable Pollution

    I still live in Portland because of a vision that our unique culture could be animated into a real political force for an equitable and sustainable future. Despite my optimism, I couldn’t help but laugh when I found out that Portland is going to be highlighted as a model of urban sustainability for World Environment...

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    If You Gaze For Long Into the CRC…

    by  • March 1, 2013 • Columbia River Crossing, Nicholas, The Shaming Room • 0 Comments

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    Last night, at the Waypost, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters held a forum called “Engaging priorities and engaging pints” to “break down the Oregon Conservation Networks priorities and other important issues in the 2013 legislature.”  It was a pretty standard affair with lots of policy talk except for two events that stood out....

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