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What Exporting LNG From Oregon’s South Coast Could Mean For The Environment

April 11, 2014 1:30 p.m.

Energy regulators’ first-draft assessment of the Jordan Cove Energy Project’s environmental impact is expected out this spring. That would come on the heels of the approval in March of a permit to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries like China and India.

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Ann Sanderson, candidate for Portland Council Pos. 1

May 12, 2016 11:27 p.m.

Sanderson is well-known as an advocate against a proposed Portland street tax. She's a small business owner, proprietor of Odango! Hair Salon on Woodstock. 00:18 On checking out art as she’s knocking campaigning “I started an Instagram account just to collect all the little pieces of art people have in their yards.” 01:17 On her vision for Portland’s future “I’ve lived here for 23 years… I knew Portland before it was built up and gentrified… we’re going through some growing pains. And we’re going to have to handle them in ways that are mindful.” 03:00 On the city’s contributions to RACC “I think we could do more to fund tiny operations. Encouraging artists who are small scale is also good.” 04:40 On how RACC distributes city funds "There’s only a couple of us running for office that are as far east as I am. We don’t see enough out there, certainly.” 0550 On that should be done with Portland’s budget surpluses “If you take the back of a napkin and list the things we owe money on, there is huge debt coming onto us. We need to get not hat sooner rather than later. Should we be saying that this [art] is a separate fund or should we be integrating art into everything we do?” 07:35 On whether she’d welcome a chance to supervise the city’s arts portfolio. “I think that would be great! However I think it would be possible to have that connection to art in any bureau. We can incorporate artists and the way they think and look at the world, into what we’re doing no matter what bureau I’m in charge of.” 09:55 On housing solutions “We can’t build ourselves out of this…I think we’ve missed the boat on creative solutions like tiny houses. I’m not sure why we don’t have a way to streamline permitting and abatement of taxes to increase the ADUs in our backyards.” 12:20 On incentives in the commercial real estate market "A lot of the new permitting going on is mixed use. We’re going to have mixed use in many neighborhoods where it wasn’t there before. How can we have some of that commercial space be affordable as well?” 15:10 On Portland’s arts tax “I'm not anti-tax, I’m anti-stupid tax. The arts tax was badly designed, badly implemented. When you want to hold up something about the city that doesn’t work, if you are anti-tax, then you hold up the arts tax.” 18:24 On whether Portland is losing its soul “I was feeling really disconnected from my city for a while…But campaigning I fell in love with Portland again. If I get elected, I’m just going to keep knocking on doors.” 2045 On why East Portland embodies what she wants to work on, if elected “When I talk to people in Brentwood-Darlington who say they feel they haven’t been heard in years, they’re my neighbors. East Portland is not a check-box you pay attention to during elections… We could incentivize remodeling, keeping older buildings in place.”

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Few Graywater Permits Issued Despite Drought

July 20, 2015 4:49 p.m.

Oregon is one of a few states that allows residential drain water to be re-used for other purposes, but very few permits have been issued.

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Regulators Deny Permit For Export Coal Dock

Aug. 20, 2014 7:45 p.m.

We'll discuss the decision not to issue a permit to build a coal export dock in Boardman.

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No New Wells In Harney County

June 24, 2015 10:16 p.m.

The Oregon Water Resources Department is concerned that the groundwater may be too low in parts of Harney County and has stopped issuing permits for new wells.

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Portland Airbnb Hosts Are Slow To Comply With Regulations

Nov. 12, 2014 8:15 p.m.

The city of Portland passed new rules regulating short-term rentals in August, but few people have applied for the necessary permits to make their rentals legal.

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Environmental Update

July 29, 2013 7:45 p.m.

After a delayed vote following the recent oil train disaster in Canada, the approval of a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington was announced on July 23rd. On Saturday, protesters with 350.org responded with a rally in Vancouver to bring attention to oil, climate change and liquid natural gas export.  In addition to the approval from the Port of Vancouver commissioners, there are more steps required in order to begin work on the project, such as Governor Jay Inslee's approval and permitting from the State of Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council

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Parsing President Obama's Climate Plan

June 25, 2013 7:06 p.m.

President Obama delivered an anticipated climate change speech today where he outlined tough new policies to reduce carbon emissions. Points of the plan distributed in advance of the speech. The administration will:

  • Direct the EPA to establish carbon pollution standards for new and existing power plants
  • Make up to eight billion in loans available for investing in innovative technology
  • Permit more renewable energy projects on public land
  • Strengthen fuel economy standards

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UO Professor Investigates Justice System In Bosnia

April 25, 2013 7:30 p.m.

Editor's Note: This show will be broadcast live on OPB Plus television as well as OPB Radio. University of Oregon law professor Carrie Leonetti spent the last academic year in Bosnia studying eyewitness testimony and the justice system that was put in place following the Dayton Peace Agreement. She says she began the Bosnia project with a question about the use of "show ups," a type of identification that's permitted in the U.S. but not in Bosnia. In a "show up," a witness is simply asked if the suspect is the person who committed the crime. This contrasts to the line up of at least five people matching the suspect's description that is required in Bosnia. We first spoke with Leonetti at the beginning of her Fulbright fellowship on an episode of Think Out Loud exploring the way courts in the U.S. regulate the use of eye witness testimony. She told us she'd report back after her Fulbright project concluded in Bosnia. We'll talk to her about what she discovered and about what she says is the confounding state of the justice system there. 

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