Sightline Institute is available to help the media in any way we can. Our researchers and communications team can provide commentary, interviews, story ideas, background information, or serve as expert sources. We work on a range of topics in the northwest, from climate policy and energy use to population and human health. If we can’t comment on an issue ourselves, chances are we know someone who can.

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Media Contact:

Serena Larkin, Senior Communications Associate
206-447-1880 x 111, serena [at] sightline [dot] org

Keiko Budech, Communications Associate
206-447-1880 x 109, keiko [at] sightline [dot] org


Clark Williams-Derry, Deputy Director
206-447-1880 x 106, clark [at] sightline [dot] org
Expertise: Land Use & Transportation, Coal Finance

Eric de Place, Policy Director
206-447-1880 x 105, eric [at] sightline [dot] org
Expertise: Climate Policy, Coal Exports, Oil Trains

Anna Fahey, Senior Communications Strategist
anna [at] sightline [dot] org
Expertise: Climate Change Messaging

Kristin Eberhard, Senior Researcher
kristin [at] sightline [dot] org
Expertise: Climate Policy, Carbon Pricing, Governance

Alan Durning, Executive Director
206.447.1880, mieko [at] sightline [dot] org
Expertise: Climate Policy, Housing and Parking Regulations, Governance

Recent Press Releases

Sightline, Earthjustice Sue Obama Administration over Crude Oil Exports and Illegal Secrecy

Lawsuit follows unanswered FOIA request filed in February. Export Administration Act no longer shields BIS from answering such inquiries.

For Immediate Release: June 25, 2015 Contact: Serena Larkin, [email protected], 206-447-1880 x111 Anna Sewell, [email protected], 206-343-7340 x1042 Patti Goldman, [email protected], 206-343-7340 x1032 SEATTLE // Earthjustice, on behalf of Sightline Institute, has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration today in hopes of daylighting information behind crucial federal energy policy decisions. The groups had submitted a Freedom of Information Act request in February to the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) seeking details on BIS’s criteria for approving multiple significant exceptions to the nation’s 40-year-old crude oil export ban. For the more than four months since that … Read more »

Public Interest Groups File FOIA Request with US Dept. of Commerce for Crude Oil Export Ban Exceptions

For Immediate Release: February 10, 2015 Contact:           Serena Larkin, [email protected] or 206-447-1880 x111 Lorne Stockman, [email protected] or 540-679-1097 Maggie Caldwell, [email protected] or 415-217-2084 SEATTLE // Earthjustice, Oil Change International, and Sightline Institute have submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) seeking details on the Bureau’s criteria for recently approving multiple significant exceptions to the nation’s crude oil export ban. In the past year, the BIS has issued rulings exempting certain crude oil streams from the licensing process. The agency is quietly eroding the export ban and effectively … Read more »

REPORT: Energy Giant Kinder Morgan’s History of Pollution, Law-Breaking, Cover-ups

As company seeks expansion of coal transport, host communities are wary.

For Immediate Release: December 9, 2014 Hear audio from a press call on the report. A new Sightline Institute report finds energy giant Kinder Morgan has an alarming track record of pollution, law-breaking, and cover-ups in communities where it operates throughout North America. As the company seeks to expand its operations from coast to coast, swelling its coal terminals and oil pipelines, local decisionmakers are taking note of the company’s pattern of misbehavior nationwide. Kinder Morgan has been found guilty of numerous violations: Kinder Morgan has been fined numerous times by the US government for stealing coal from customers’ stockpiles, … Read more »

REPORT: Pacific Northwest Coal, Oil, and Gas Exports Would Have Carbon Equivalent of More than Five Keystone XL Pipelines

Original Sightline Institute graphic by Don Baker Design, available under our free use policy.

For immediate release: September 9, 2014 A new report from Seattle-based think tank Sightline Institute finds that new coal, oil, and gas shipments planned for the Pacific Northwest would carry more carbon annually than five Keystone XLs. The report’s author, Sightline policy director Eric de Place, calculates the carbon in active proposals across Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia including four new coal terminals, three expansions of existing terminals, two new oil pipelines, eleven oil-by-rail facilities, and six new natural gas pipelines. Together, they would convey 822 million metric tons per year (mmta) of CO2 emissions—compared with Keystone XL’s roughly 149 … Read more »

REPORT: Federal Coal Leasing Agency Sets “Fair Market Values” Too Low

Unfair pricing practices fuel coal exports, shortchange the American public

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 2014 FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Bob LeResche, (907) 723-2506; Kevin Dowling, WORC staff, (406) 252-9672, [email protected]; or Serena Larkin, Sightline Institute, (206) 447-1880 x111, [email protected] Seattle, Wash. – Despite explosive growth in U.S. coal exports in recent years, and mounting evidence that coal companies plan for even faster export growth, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ignores exports when setting the selling price of publicly owned coal, according to a new report by Sightline Institute, produced in collaboration with the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC), Northern Plains Resource Council, Powder River Basin Resource … Read more »

Report: Peabody Energy’s Northwest Coal Export Plans Would Lose Billions at Today’s Prices

SEATTLE, WA.///October 22, 2013///The steep drop in Pacific Rim coal prices over the past two years has put Powder River Basin coal miner Peabody Energy at risk of massive losses if it tried to ship coal through the proposed Gateway Pacific terminal outside of Bellingham, Washington, according to a new report by the nonprofit Sightline Institute. Sightline’s analysis shows that, in today’s market, Peabody Energy would lose roughly $10 per ton if it tried to ship its coal to Asia through the proposed Gateway Pacific terminal. And if Peabody tried to utilize the full 24 million metric tons of annual … Read more »

Report: Proposed Fossil Fuel Exports from British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon Would End Region’s Green Reputation

Potential Carbon Emissions from Proposed New Exports Equivalent to Seven Keystone XLs.

For immediate release: May 15, 2013 The combined coal, oil, and natural gas projects proposed in British Columbia and the American Northwest would, if built, be capable of delivering fossil fuels loaded with 761 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually (see chart below). A new report by Seattle-based think tank Sightline Institute, available online at, finds that the 16 new fossil fuel export proposals in the Pacific Northwest have a potential carbon footprint equivalent to: More than seven Keystone XL pipelines at initial build-out Twelve times as much as all the climate-warming gases emitted in British Columbia More … Read more »

Report: Ambre Energy Unlikely to Succeed with U.S. Coal Exporting Plans

Ambre Energy, an Australian company that is currently touting plans for a pair of controversial coal export terminal sites in Washington and Oregon, faces mounting financial, regulatory and other challenges that make it unlikely to deliver on its promises in the U.S., according to a new report for the nonprofit Sightline Institute. Read more »

Report: Northwest Gasoline Consumption Shifts into Reverse

For immediate release: August 29, 2012 Read the report. Seattle, WA – As northwesterners head to the pump for Labor Day, a new report shows our appetite for gasoline a waning. After more than a decade of rising and volatile prices at the gas pump, northwesterners’ consumption of motor fuel is now on the decline. But high oil prices meant that the region still spent a record $22 billion on petroleum in 2011. Last year, each resident of Oregon and Washington burned an average of 7.2 gallons of gas per week—the lowest level in nearly 50 years. And per capita … Read more »

Has the Northwest reached “Peak Gas?”

Regional gasoline consumption has been flat for more than a decade

Through boom and bust, and despite steady population growth, total gasoline consumption in Oregon and Washington has remained essentially flat since 1999, according to a new report from Sightline Institute. Yet the two states still spent $16.6 billion on petroleum in 2010 and are on track to spend as much as $22 billion this year—an all-time record. Read more »