Eric

Seattle city councilmember Mike O’Brien goes on MSNBC to talk about the Port’s huge mistake in agreeing to host Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet. It’s fun to watch O’Brien on the stump for the Thin Green Line: the place that just says no to climate destruction.

At Rolling Stone, Tim Dickinson has an excellent, must-read, first-rate—it’s that good—piece on what Keystone XLs looming failure means for Canada and the conservative party’s global superpower aspirations that are built on turning the country into a northern petro-state.

Serena

I enjoyed the NYT profile of Al Gore earlier this week. While everyone’s been poking fun or straight-up deriding him since “An Inconvenient Truth,” he’s been too busy to notice. Busy with what? Oh, just becoming the ultimate climate nerd, savvy green businessman, and super educator for environmental leaders around the world. That leaves him little time to give to naysayers, whom he dismisses coolly with a simple “Let them have at it.”

  • I fear cockroaches just as much as the next person, but their potential for assisting with tasks like search and rescue—plus the really almost adorable GIFs of them getting pasted with and carrying little “backpacks”—could soften even the most phobic of hearts.

    In case you missed it, this Oregon Humanities short film by Ifanyi Bell is a stunning reflection on the challenges facing Portland black culture. Regardless of where you live, it is a poignant take on the importance of place to identity, and even more so for minority communities of color.