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Airs at: Mon, 12/17/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Every Monday from 10:00am to 11:00am.


A weekly conversation about our place on the planet. Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein talks with local, regional and national experts, activists and policy makers about climate change, food policy, land use, salmon restoration, forest management and all the other things that matter in our environment.

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Tacoma LNG Hearing and Discussion

Airs at: Mon, 12/10/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The push for massive fracked gas projects continues to put pressure on communities across the Pacific Northwest. Last month there was a public hearing in Tacoma, where the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency took public comments on Puget Sound Energy's proposed hybrid LNG fuel hub... Read more

The World's Largest Methanol Refinery Update

Airs at: Mon, 12/03/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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On November 13, a report  written by the company proposing the world’s largest fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery was released by the Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County, WA. The proposed fossil fuel refinery at the Port of Kalama in Southwest Washington is controversial becaus... Read more

Fire Seasons Without End

Airs at: Mon, 11/26/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The wildfires in Northern and Southern California this month are a grisly foreshadowing of a world in the fiery grip of climate chaos. It is apparent - unless you're a climate denier - that climate change is upon us and that fire seasons without end are a stark indication o... Read more

Election is Over, What's Next?

Airs at: Mon, 11/19/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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After much anxiety, social justice and climate activists were mostly heartened by the mid-term election results. Now, what are the next steps we must take to ensure that a progressive agenda moves forward in Oregon and across the country? On this episode of Locus Focus we ... Read more

Portland Business Alliance vs. the Environment

Airs at: Mon, 11/12/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Recently the Portland Business Alliance endorsed the massive Jordan Cove LNG export terminal proposed for Coos Bay. But this is not the first time this influential business organization, which claims a membership of 1,900, has advocated for positions that put our communitie... Read more

Portland Clean Energy Initiative

Airs at: Mon, 11/05/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The Portland Clean Energy Initiative (Measure 26-201) is an innovative Portland ballot measure that will create $30 million in funding for local clean energy projects, including but not limited to rooftop solar, energy efficiency housing upgrades, and community gardens. The... Read more

Washington State Initiative 1631

Airs at: Mon, 10/29/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program was initially broadcast on October 1, 2018. On November 6 Washington State voters will have a chance to vote on an initiative that would put a fee on the state’s largest polluters, including the oil industry and utilities that have not switched over to clean... Read more

LNG Coos Bay to Tacoma

Airs at: Mon, 10/22/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Before a plethora of proposals for coal and oil terminals starting popping up in the Pacific Northwest a few years ago, there was Liquid Natural Gas, or LNG. Intense public opposition to coal and oil terminals and trains prevented virtually all of them from being built. But... Read more

Kalama Methanol Refinery on the Public Dole

Airs at: Mon, 10/15/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Northwest Innovation Works LLC (NWIW) is proposing to build the world's largest methanol refinery in the small SW Washington town of Kalama. NWIW aims to use tax breaks, grants, and other forms of financial assistance to build and operate its refinery. In August, Columbia R... Read more

Northwest Wolf Update

Airs at: Mon, 10/08/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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A few months ago a new wolf pack was discovered in the Mt. Hood National Forest. This is Western Oregon's first wolf pack since wolves were extirpated across the state six decades ago. Meanwhile wolf celebrity OR7 has fathered his fifth litter in SW Oregon. But across the r... Read more