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[ Hurricane Sandy Is Ushering in a Smarter Power System ]

Written with Craig Lewis

It’s ironic that a storm whose widespread blackouts left millions of Americans in the dark is finally helping us see the light.

Hurricane Sandy brought devastation and loss to the Eastern seaboard. The storm exposed the severe vulnerability of our electricity infrastructure and made global headlines as a harbinger of nature’s impacts in a climate changed world.

Beyond the shock, New Yorkers found a silver lining in the destruction. The storm made crystal clear that the existing electricity system is not suited to address the challenges of the 21st century.…

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[ In memory of Alice Zahniser, widow of Wilderness Act author ]

The youngest of nine children, Zahniser was witness to the act that would set our nation’s highest standard for public lands protection. She typed the first handwritten draft of the Wilderness Act in early 1956.

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[ Finally, closure: delivering the Green Mountain Lookout bill to Darrington ]

On Sunday, July 20, I had the pleasure of taking part in a small community gathering in Darrington, Washington, celebrating closure on an issue near and dear to the hearts of many: the protection of the historic Green Mountain Lookout.

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[ As Fiery Accidents Pile Up, U.S. Proposes New Rules for Oil Trains ]

The U.S. Department of Transportation rolled out long-promised standards on Wednesday.

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[ Bill to protect Browns Canyon gets its day in Congress ]

Browns Canyon is an outdoor recreation mecca, and one of Colorado’s most treasured landscapes. It is enjoyed by whitewater boaters, hikers and anglers fishing for trout in of the the state’s largest stretch of gold metal waters.

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