KC Golden

KC is policy director at Climate Solutions, blogs at GRIP, and serves on the boards of 350.org, U.S. Climate Action Network, NW Energy Coalition, and Renewable Northwest Project.

Obsoleting Bertha: Viaduct traffic plummets

Sightline’s Clark Williams-Derry has a terrific post on the astounding decline in traffic on the Alaskan Way Viaduct since Seattle’s Big Dig II began.  Trip volumes are down 40% in just 3 years!  Clark analyzes …

Get old. Get free. Get over oil.

I’m going to burn my driver’s license when I turn 75.  Maybe sooner.  I’d like to do it at the offices of Koch Enterprises, if I can get a ride home. You may think this …

The War on Truth: Which side is Harvard on?

originally posted at Grip College students across the country are calling on their schools’ endowments to divest from fossil fuels.  The campaign is taking off. But Harvard University President Drew Faust has rejected the idea, …

King Coal’s tragic puppet show, Part 2 – Coal export is wrong

…originally published at GRIP…. When last we left our intrepid heroes, the great Northwest had woken up to find itself cast in the wrong movie, sort of like Owen Wilson playing Richard Nixon (see Part …

Climate & Energy

The Keystone Principle: Stop making it worse

This weekend's big protests against the tar-sands pipeline aren't just about stopping a single project -- they're a statement of principle.

Senate to Europe: Get your laws off our carbon

originally published in GRIP In a memorable TV ad saluting the hard work of Olympic athletes, swimmer Ryan Lochte reveals how he made it to the Games in London:  “I swam here.” That would be …

MORE sex is better with energy efficiency

My first foray into this topic, “Sex is better with energy efficiency,” was warmly – aye, steamingly – received.  (We are a simple people, no?)  So let’s dive deeper… First, for the record:  Jimmy Carter …

Why our biggest moral challenge doesn’t act like one

Al Gore tried to invoke the moral imperative for climate action.  “It’s not about right and left;” he said, “it’s about right and wrong.”  Climate deniers cynically pounced on Gore’s leadership as an opportunity to …

All oil is foreign

…originally posted at GRIP… When the political class focuses on the perils of fossil fuel dependence, they almost always use the word “foreign” before “oil”.  This is redundant.  Oil is inherently foreign.  All of it. …

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