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Taxpayers and low-wage workers— helping to make Jeff Bezos a multibillionaire

Did you know that members of the public—that’s us—finance Amazon’s pursuit of world-spanning e-commerce every step of the way? Tax breaks, subsidies and infrastructure meant to lure distribution centers (aka “fulfillment centers”) into town…presumably bring in well-paid jobs. But in a recent report (mandated after the 2008 crash), Amazon disclosed…

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—A refuge no longer?

The provision of the Trump Administration’s “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” that most concerns scientists, environmentalists and many others is the one that allows for the opening of five million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling. In addition to slashing the corporate tax rate to…

Better driving electrically— A slogan whose time has come

There are 169 electric vehicle–charging stations within a 30–mile radius of Thurston County – mainly in Olympia, Tumwater and Lacey.  That’s handy because driving an electric vehicle in Washington state makes sense both in terms of saving money and saving the planet. For an average person driving about 1250 miles…

Burning up the future: Fossils on the offensive

“Who sows the wind will reap the whirlwind.” Last June, President Trump announced that the US will achieve “energy dominance”—by turning back the clock.  He would free fossil fuel companies from all environmental, safety, and geographic constraints.  Via his America First Energy orders Trump 1) dropped the Paris Climate Accord,…

KOWA 106.5 low power radio makes for a high quality listening

What do Harry Shearer, Sojourner Truth, Molly Ivins, Richard Wolff, Davey D and Sonali Kohatkar have in common?  You can hear them all on Olympia’s low power radio station, KOWA 106.5.  They’re on along with a spectrum of voices and views that can enlighten, entertain, and enrage you throughout the…

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