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Obama Administration Opens Arctic and Gulf of Mexico to More Offshore Drilling

Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Explosion

Today, the Obama Administration released the draft of its 2017-2022 plan for offshore drilling, known as the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.  The plan proposes to prohibit drilling in the Atlantic Ocean but offers 13 new potential lease sales – 10 sales in the Gulf of Mexico, which is still healing from the disastrous BP oil spill, and three sales in the sensitive Arctic waters off the coast of Alaska.

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Thirty Million Gallons Under the Sea

Following the trail of BP’s oil in the Gulf of Mexico

One morning in March of last year, I set out from Gulfport, Mississippi, on a three-week mission aboard the U.S. Navy research vessel Atlantis. The 274-foot ship, painted a crisp white and blue, stood tall in the bright sunlight. On its decks were winches, cranes, seafloor-mapping sonar, a machine shop, and five laboratories. Stowed in an alcove astern was Alvin, the federal government’s only manned research submarine. “Research vessel Atlantis outbound,” A. D. Colburn, the ship’s captain, reported into the ship radio.

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Will SCOTUS Preside Over BP Case

We can’t make this stuff up!

Will SCOTUS Justices recuse themselves from BP Oil Disaster Case?

Obama to unveil new commitments to solar and energy efficiency

#POTUS announces key Executive actions to address climate change.

Gigaom

On Friday, President Obama plans to announce a sweeping package of commitments — over 300 in total — from companies and government agencies to increase the deployment of solar panels, and make buildings more energy efficient. The announcements will take place at a Walmart(s WMT) in Mountain View, California. While the commitments are a far cry from the kind of financing that the green stimulus provided, the announcements are the latest way for Obama to highlight his attention to environmentalism, clean energy and climate change. Earlier this week, he released the massive climate change report.

One of the more symbolic announcements will be that the White House has finally managed to install solar panels on the first family’s residence, according to reports. To note, this was a discussion started four years ago. The White House had solar panels back in the 1970’s, installed by Jimmy Carter’s administration, but…

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New Day Northwest with Margret Larson

Friends – We will be on King5’s New Day Northwest tomorrow, Tuesday, March 11th to preview Reactor about the world post-Fukushima disaster. We’d love to have you in the audience in support of the Moontown Foundation which is sponsoring the showing of the documentary. Seats are free. Audience comes into Seattle studio about 9:30am, done by 11:30. Email for seat confirmation to newdaytickets@king5.com.

Last Call…

To Buy Tickets for the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Remembrance Event Tomorrow at Wing Luke Museum.

An event showcasing the creative works of three critically acclaimed Pacific Northwest artists using the power of film, music, and social media to both honor the victims of the disaster and celebrate the resiliency of the Japanese people.

Michael Stone

Three Years After Fukushima: Lessons Learned

Tickets still available for the Great Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Remembrance Event at Wing Luke Museum.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014, marks the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that hit the Tōhoku-Oki region of Japan, resulting in one of the deadliest and most destructive disasters in the country’s history. The environmental, social, and economic impacts of this historic catastrophe will be felt for decades. We have teamed up with KING 5 television news anchor Lori Matsukawa to host an event showcasing the creative works of three critically acclaimed Pacific Northwest artists who are using the power of film, music, and social media to commemorate the ongoing crisis and celebrate the resiliency of the Japanese people.

Featured artists:

Echo at Satsop, a short film by Etsuko Ichikawa, was filmed at the abandoned Satsop nuclear facility near Aberdeen, Wash. Born in Tokyo and a Seattle resident since 1993, Ichikawa was inspired by the emotional juxtaposition between ethereality and fear that she experienced while being in the Satsop cooling tower, and by the amazing acoustic property of the space, where the sound created by simply clapping one’s hands becomes an emotional experience.
A short film by Etsuko Ichikawa
Echo at Satsop is a short film by Etsuko Ichikawa and Ian Lucero

Buckman Coe, recently voted second-best unsigned band in the Vancouver (B.C.) weekly Georgia Straight’s reader’s choice contest, is a soul, folk and reggae artist whose lyrics show a keen understanding of human emotion and reflect a Zen-like calm and inner peace. Coe will perform a collection of songs including Stars Over Tokyo,” a soulful and emotional tribute to the residents of Tokyo in the aftermath of the Great Tōhoku Earthquake.

Voted second-best unsigned band in the Vancouver (B.C.) weekly Georgia Straight's reader's choice contest
Buckman Coe was voted second-best unsigned band in the Vancouver (B.C.) weekly Georgia Straight’s reader’s choice contest

Reactor, a documentary film by Canadian media activist and filmmaker Ian MacKenzie, is a meditative, deliberate, powerful half-hour glimpse into the world of post-Fukushima Japan. Choosing not to dwell on the magnitude 9.0 Tōhoku-Oki earthquake and tsunami three years ago — and the subsequent nuclear catastrophe that has supplanted Chernobyl as the worst disaster of the Atomic Age — Reactor is about the response, as the initial shock fades and long-term repercussions and a new reality permeate the nation’s consciousness.

Reactor follows Michael Stone, a Buddhist monk, and his pilgrimage to Japan in the aftermath of the Great East Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown
Ian MacKenzie’s film, Reactor, follows Michael Stone, a Buddhist monk, and his pilgrimage to Japan in the aftermath of the Great East Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown
WHERE: Wing Luke Museum (Tateuchi Theater), 719 S. King St., Seattle
Appetizers, refreshments, and dessert provided by City Fish in the Pike Place Market, Shen Zen Tea, Mashiko Japanese restaurant, and Pink’s Ice Cream.