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Robert McClure is a veteran journalist who is helping launch InvestigateWest, a nonprofit journalism studio focused on the environment, public health and social justice issues in western North America. See

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This story is part of the series Getting to Zero: Decarbonizing Cascadia, which explores the path to low-carbon energy for British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. This project is produced in partnership with InvestigateWest and other media outlets.

Worried about the climate crisis? You’ve got plenty of company after the events of 2021: Heat waves, hurricanes, fires, and floods hit new and deadly extremes. Global leaders belly-flopped well short of the pool at a pivotal climate-protection summit, even after the United Nations declared a “code-red” emergency. 

And, in the United States, political gridlock chopped the heart out of Congress’ most ambitious clean energy plan. 

Meanwhile, across the dewy-green region north of California, supposedly eco-friendly governments of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia that failed to fulfill climate promises for a decade have once again pledged to do better. But planet-warming emissions just keep on increasing, according to analysis of the latest data by InvestigateWest for the series “Getting to Zero: Decarbonizing Cascadia.” 

And yet there is hope. The climate new... Read more

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