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.

  • Driving reign

    Years of public policy on urban design have made very little driving ‘non-essential’

    A few weeks ago, President Bush encouraged Americans to conserve fuel by cutting back on non-essential driving. Unlike some, I think it’s actually helpful to use the bully pulpit this way. I just don’t think it’s terribly meaningful: People respond …

  • Gas: Still cheaper than roads, insurance, and parking

    Society still subsidizes the cost of driving

    An interesting article from the Washington Post finds that taking Metro — DC’s light rail system — into downtown may not save suburban commuters all that much money. Even with gas at $3 per gallon, the savings on fuel, plus …

  • Starving the timber beast

    Tight federal budget prevents old-growth timber sales

    The Oregonian today reports on an unexpected consequence of a tight federal budget: The U.S. Forest Service doesn’t have enough money to prepare timber sales in old-growth forests. From the article: [T]he administration and Congress are starving the U.S. Forest …

  • It's a gas gas gas tax

    Tierney calls for a gas tax — for something other than transportation

    I’m a bit late on this one — but, wouldn’t you know it, as soon as The New York Times puts its editorials behind a subscription-only wall, they publish something worth reading: semi-libertarian John Tierney waxing rhapsodic about gas taxes …

  • SUVs kill the elderly

    Really, they do

    A sensationalist headline, perhaps, but it’s apparently true: An article in the most recent British Medical Journal reports that SUVs pose a special risk to pedestrians, particularly over the age of 60. A few relevant facts: Pedestrians over 60 are …

  • The English beat

    The U.K. is trying a huge toll-road pilot project

    Here’s something definitely worth watching: The UK is considering a massive pilot project to make drivers pay to use the roads. And not just on a few select roads — the system would effectively turn every street and highway in …

  • Smells like pimply teen spirit

    I thought this Hummer-branded laptop was absurd. But apparently that was just the tip of the iceberg. See, e.g., Hummer Stuff: the complete catalog for the Hummer lifestyle, and unambigous proof of the impending end-of-days. If you want, you can …

  • Time for a tax shift

    Tax gas more and other stuff less

    Not so long ago, it seemed like gas at $2.33 a gallon cost an arm and a leg; now it seems like a bargain. And not surprisingly, high prices at the pump have spawned a backlash against fuel taxes across …

  • The laptop for the Hummer lifestyle

    Whatever that is

    I’m not kidding: Some company is marketing a laptop computer that’s “cobranded” with GM’s Hummer. From the promotional material: Just as tough, reliable, and go anywhere as a HUMMER, this laptop is the perfect addition to your HUMMER lifestyle! Featuring …