Climate change and ocean acidification are already costing the Northwest big: they are killing our shellfish, igniting massive wildfires, causing floods and landslides, and upping asthma rates and other public health impacts across the region.  

At the same time, Cascadia boasts some of the world’s most ambitious climate commitments, and for more than a decade, its communities have stood as a bulwark against the fossil fuel industry’s aggressive plans for dozens of pipelines and refineries, and the related port terminals and rail facilities that serve them here. The region now serves as a global model for thwarting corporate coal, gas, and oil schemes and can similarly lead in reducing its reliance on these dirty energy sources. Sightline Institute’s climate and energy research answers the big questions on how best to achieve this vision.

Series in Climate + Energy

  • Cashing In Our Carbon

    How and why Oregon and Washington should follow British Columbia's lead and start cashing in on carbon pollution.
  • Northwest Coal & Oil Exports

    The facts on coal exports, oil trains, and the real costs of these schemes for our region and climate.
  • Cascadia Climate Action

    What Cascadia is doing to make polluters pay.
  • Northwest Ocean Acidification

    This series explores the local costs of ocean acidification –the process by which water absorbs too much carbon pollution, becoming more corrosive.

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