Clark Williams-Derry

Clark Williams-Derry is research director for the Seattle-based Sightline Institute, a nonprofit sustainability think tank working to promote smart solutions for the Pacific Northwest. He was formerly the webmaster for Grist.

How is parking like a sandwich?

In parking, as with ham-on-rye, there is no free lunch.

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The coal export bubble

Coal's price collapse spells trouble for terminal investors.

Bad news, coal industry: Proposed export terminal is in for a tough review

A planned coal export terminal in Washington state will have to undergo a rigorous study that will consider climate impacts and other potential environmental problems.

Older boomers help shift driving trends into reverse

Because driving rates peak in midlife, the aging of the baby boom generation will lead to a drop in per-capita driving.

Coal vs. The Climate

There’s some good news in BP’s most recent Statistical Review of World Energy: in the US, total greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels fell 1.8% from 2010 to 2011. And in even better news, total US emissions have fallen by more …

Electric cars: A shopper’s cheat sheet

There are plenty of EV models to choose from these days, which makes for a complicated decision. Here's a table with basic stats on the major electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

Passing on gas: Driving rates falling across the board

The decline of U.S. car culture -- among young people and in general -- has serious implications for transportation policy.

Highway to hell: More roads = more traffic

Photo: Cyril PlapiedCross-posted from Sightline Daily. Tuesday’s news carries a story that I’ve been expecting for a while: Connecting Washington, a task force convened by Washington’s governor, has called for $21 billion in new transportation investments over the next 10 …

Cars vs. bulldozers: a look at road construction GHGs

Photo: Joost J. Bakker IJmuidenThis post originally appeared on Sightline Institute’s blog. Here’s an interesting study (not free, unfortunately) by University of Washington engineering professor Stephen Muench, reviewing the literature on the energy and CO2 impacts of road construction. His …