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Department of Defense tug boats pull Shell's stranded Kulluk oil rig off of the Alaska coast.

In a recent letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee expressed his concerns surrounding Arctic oil and gas drilling. The letter has been gaining momentum since being released to the public and coincidentally was sent the same day the U.S. Department of the Interior opened the gate for risky oil drilling in the remote and iconic Arctic Ocean.

Jack Smith speaks to the Port of Seattle commissioners on March 24

“Your child, my grandchild and the unborn grandchild of our grandchildren are going to live with what we do to this society.”

Those were Seattleite Jack Smith’s words to the Port of Seattle’s five commissioners on March 24, minutes before the port re-affirmed its two-year lease with Foss Maritime. In a motion that could be described as too little, too late, the port added a 30-day public comment period for future leases after getting pushback for signing the last lease without the public’s knowledge.

Farmworkers picking cauliflower in Salinas, California in June 2014.

We live in one of the richest nations on earth. Most of us never miss a meal unless we choose to. But, ironically, the nearly 3 million agricultural workers who cultivate and harvest the food that ends up on our tables lack the basic protection they need to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy. Some 150,000 of these workers live in Florida and their work literally makes them sick while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the agency tasked with safeguarding agricultural workers, delays strengthening needed protections.

An unlined waste pit with fracking fluid and other drilling wastewater in California's Central Valley.

On April 1, 2015, responding to California’s deepening drought, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order placing limitations on such activities as watering golf courses, street medians, business campuses and cemeteries. The order mandates a statewide 25 percent reduction in use of potable urban water.


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