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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Is Nuclear Power Cleantech?

Posted in Renewable Energy, Technology

Just when it seemed nuclear power was enjoying a rebirth as a “cleantech” (a.k.a. greentech) alternative to greenhouse gas emitting power sources like coal-fired plants, the unfolding events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan have everyone taking a closer look. Our recent blog post by Denny Wong highlighted some of the economic… Continue Reading

King County Joins the Seattle 2030 District

Posted in Green Building

By Cynthia Kennedy As we reported in January, a group of property owners in the City of Seattle are voluntary working together to collectively meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Planners across their “2030 District.”  Now that group has been joined by King County. The King County Council voted unanimously to join the Seattle 2030… Continue Reading

Don’t Forget the Subsidies for Nuclear Energy

Posted in Alternative Fuels, Climate Change, Legislation, Natural Resources and Environment, Sustainable Business

The crisis unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan is a stark reminder of how difficult it is to plan against the forces of nature. The crisis has occurred despite Japan having at its disposal all of the knowledge, technology and other resources available to a country as advanced and rich as that… Continue Reading

Volcanoes and Earthquakes and Tsunamis, Oh My!

Posted in Alternative Fuels, Green Building, Natural Resources and Environment

Last week, I had the pleasure of vacationing in one of the most beautiful states in our great nation—Hawaii, land of palm trees, long sandy beaches and killer Mai Tais. Mother Nature has blessed Hawaii with beautiful flora and fauna, a gorgeous coastline and coral reefs that attract colorful fish and sea turtles. But two… Continue Reading

Approval of Qwest/CenturyLink Merger Produces $80 Million For New Broadband Investment

Posted in Legislation, Regulatory

On March 14, 2011, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC”) issued an Order Approving CenturyTel, Inc.’s acquisition of the Washington properties of Qwest Communications International, Inc. (“Qwest”). The hefty 146-page Order carefully analyzed whether the Century/Qwest merger would be in “the public interest,” the standard the Commission must apply in reviewing merger requests. The… Continue Reading

Cancun and the International Climate Agreements: Is Slow-But-Steady Progress Enough??

Posted in Climate Change

For as much hype as surrounded the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (“COP 15”) back in December 2009, the follow-up conference last December in Cancun seemed to garner relatively little attention, at least here in the United States. What gives? Wouldn’t any seasoned dignitary or reporter jump at the chance to visit Cancun… Continue Reading