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Is coal going the way of the dinosaurs?

Implosion and dis-mantling of the coal-powered Navajo Generating Station in December 2020. Photo credit: Adrian Herder/Tó Nizhóní Ání In the midst of the most bitter election battle ever, you might not have noticed a really significant news item. On December 18, 2020, the stacks at the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) were imploded as part of the dis-mantling of what once was one of the largest…


Did climate change contribute to the recent (2020) wildfires in the Western U.S.?

The New York Times (NYT) published an excellent story today about the massive 2020 fires on the West Coast. You can read the story here. This article does a great job of documenting the dramatic rise in fires in the western states. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they quoted me in the story…. A recent story in the Seattle Times documents that…


Out, out damn smoke!

Starting in mid-August, smoke was affecting a large chunk of the country.  There are hundreds of fires burning right now, with large fires being reported in: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Currently the National Interagency Fire Center ( is reporting 4.7 million acres burned as of 9/8/2020 for wildland fires, so it looks like 2020 is on…

Read more about the article Baby it’s hot out… and it’s gonna get hotter if we don’t do something about it!
Temperature map for August 16th, 2020. Courtesy of Weather Underground (

Baby it’s hot out… and it’s gonna get hotter if we don’t do something about it!

As I write this blog today (8/16/2020, Seattle, WA), the weather app on my phone is telling me it's 98°F outside. The U.S. weather service is saying 95°F.  Either way, that’s pretty damn warm. I start to melt when the temps get into the 80s! But I suppose I shouldn’t complain. All across the west, we are seeing temperatures maxing out in the high 90s and…


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