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Articles by Cylvia Hayes

Cylvia Hayes is founder and CEO of 3EStrategies. She is also the former First Lady of Oregon.

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Monday in San Francisco four elected officials boldly went where few politicians will these days – they talked openly and passionately about the urgent need to take action on climate change including putting a price on carbon.   As California governor Jerry Brown noted, “To utter the term Global Warming is deviant and radical!”

But utter those words they did.  Brown was joined by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and British Columbia Premier, Christy Clark, all of whom signed the signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy.  The plan lays out an ambitious agenda including putting a price on carbon in Washington and Oregon that will complement B.C.’s carbon tax and California’s cap and trade programs.  In effect this would establish a carbon market in the world’s fifth largest economy.

The standing room only crowd included business representatives, labor union members and advocates.   B.C. Minister of the Environment Mary Polak, said, “Leadership in climate action is good for your economy.”  She noted that due to the B.C. carbon tax the province’s economy and population has grown while their fossil fuel consumption has dro... Read more

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  • Why Congress Reminds Me of NASCAR

    NASCAR and Congress have much in common. They both go round and round in circles burning up vast amounts of resources without ever really going anywhere. Both are driven by big-monied sponsors although only the racing companies are transparent about who those sponsors are. NASCAR is implementing a host of green measures to try to […]

  • Irony and Idiocy

    Sometimes I can only shake my head at the irony of our species calling itself Homo Sapiens, meaning “wise man”, given the sheer idiocy of so many of our actions. Fellow Grist contributor John Upton just posted a report on the massive and ongoing tar sands oil spill near Cold Lake Alberta.   Nobody seems to […]

  • Dalai Lama and a Suicidal Economy

    A few days ago I met the Dalai Lama.  He held my hand and embraced me.  Then I drove past the broken body of a person who had just killed himself by jumping off a building. Two days earlier I sat in a packed auditorium for the opening day of the Dalai Lama’s Spirituality and […]

  • Pacific Northwest paying high price for carbon emissions

    It is ironic that despite relatively progressive clean energy policies the West Coast is paying an unusually high price for global carbon emissions. Ocean water off the Pacific coast has absorbed so much carbon that it is becoming acidic enough to melt the shells of sea creatures. Our national and global addiction to fossil fuel […]