An Enviro Student’s Lament: No ‘Green’ Product Is Without Baggage | The Tyee

electric cars. A major component is the lithium ion battery. Friends of Earth Europe, the largest grassroots environmental network in Europe, says that mining lithium for batteries causes significant leaching of toxic chemicals into groundwater, is a major contributor to water scarcity issues, and causes extensive air pollution. Unfortunately, electric cars are not the only products that have these batteries; cellphones have them too.

Please Advise! What Wouldn’t Christy Clark Promise Now? | The Tyee

Right now the world is being treated to the spectacle of a hateful imbecile running the United States like a drunken truck driver speeding along the wrong side of a freeway. More insidiously, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is apparently able to summon a cloak of darkness like a malevolent wizard as he hides the progress of a Republican health care bill that is about health in the same way that headcheese is about cows.

By contrast, Premier Clark’s throne speech shenanigans will seem like a very small beer, a minor prank, akin to the sort of jeering and catcalling that typifies question period. 

Government responds in travel ban litigation – SCOTUSblog

Hawaii contended that the June 14 memorandum demonstrated that the travel ban is no longer necessary. The provisions of the president’s March 6 executive order requiring the government to review its procedures for vetting visa and refugee applications – the justification for the ban – will go into effect at the end of this week, but the visa and refugee programs themselves remain on hold until the lower courts’ orders are lifted. – See more at:

Uber, Lyft offer to pay state in return for changes to regulations | Local | Eugene, Oregon

Source: Uber, Lyft offer to pay state in return for changes to regulations | Local | Eugene, Oregon

Uber and Lyft are offering to tack on a 50-cent surcharge to every ride they provide in Oregon, with the money funding a $5 million-a-year rebate initiative for Oregonians to buy electric vehicles.

But in exchange, the two firms want to revive a bill that would let only the state — not individual Oregon cities — regulate them. That idea, highly unpopular with labor-friendly Democrats, died in the House earlier this session.

Some cities, including Eugene and Springfield, insist that ride-­hailing companies comply with local taxi-regulating ­ordinances. Uber and Lyft consider it costly and unnecessary to follow such local restrictions. Uber has declined to set up service in Eugene and Springfield, after failing in its challenge of the local rules.