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Toby Van Fleet | July 21, 2009 - 11:34

At first glance, this New York Times story -- which also ran in today's Oregonian-- appears to be about cell phones.

Toby Van Fleet | July 17, 2009 - 09:19

Water resources are already taxed in Oregon, and with population growth and climate change, those resources are only going to see more demand. But if you are already sticking to five-minute showers, turning off the water when you brush your teeth and forgoing car washes, how can you conserve more?

Toby Van Fleet | July 13, 2009 - 18:30

An editorial that ran in today's Oregonian exposes the results of a recent Pew Research study: What the public thinks and what scientists know to be true are very, very different. While the editorial highlights views on evolution and the general value of scientific research, the findings about the public perception of climate change are quite alarming.

From the article:

Toby Van Fleet | July 10, 2009 - 09:21

In case you haven't seen it yet, check out this wrap-up from the Oregon Conservation Network on how the environment fared in the 2009 Legislative session. Scroll down for a long list summarizing bills and their fates.

Toby Van Fleet | July 3, 2009 - 12:43

If you read OLCV's last E-bulletin, then you know that OLCV wants your photographs. We will select the best eligible photo for the cover of OLCV's 2009 Legislative Scorecard, published in September.

Do you have photos of your favorite places in the state? Your kids on a riverside trail? Mountain views? Your sweetie playing in tide pools or strolling on a long, deserted beach? Sunset in Eastern Oregon?

Toby Van Fleet | June 15, 2009 - 13:45

Check out a great story in today's Salem Statesman Journal about the fate of environmental bills this session. The article updates on a variety of environmental bills, including legislation on clean energy, water and toxics.

From the article:

Toby Van Fleet | June 12, 2009 - 13:59

The state is very nervous about potential arrival of aquatic invasive species in Oregon, according to a story in today’s Oregonian. The story explains the dangers of invasive species and what the Oregon Legislature could do about it right now.


Toby Van Fleet | May 5, 2009 - 14:37

Today, the Oregonian published an editorial on Senate Bill 528, which, as amended, would phase out field burning over the next two years. It barely passed out of committee.

The editorial likens this battle to one from decades ago, when wigwam burners were finally put to rest due to enforcement of the federal Clean Air Act.

Don’t want to read the whole editorial? At least check out the last four paragraphs:

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