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Saturday, February 3 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
The Thin Green Line and the NW’s energy future

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The Western U.S. holds rich deposits of coal, oil and natural gas — resources that have been eyed for export to rapidly developing economies in Asia. But a remarkable alliance of activists and tribes have drawn what some have called a “thin green line” to stop a series of proposed refinery expansions and export terminals along the West Coast. This opposition has helped create a remarkable shift in the energy future of the Pacific Northwest. For perspective on how this transformation came about, and what needs to happen next, we’ll hear from a tribal chairman, an environmental activist, an energy policy expert and the former head of the U.S. Interior department.

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Michelle Nijhuis (Moderator)

Michelle Nijhuis is a project editor for the Atlantic and a longtime contributing editor of High Country News, a magazine known for its in-depth coverage of environmental issues in the western U.S. Her writing on conservation and global change has appeared in many publications and... Read More →
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Tim Ballew

Timothy Ballew II is an enrolled member of the Lummi Nation and has lived within the Lummi Indian Reservation his whole life. A lifelong commercial fisherman, he holds a BA in Psychology from Western Washington University and has served on the Lummi Commercial Company Board of Directors... Read More →
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Sally Jewell

Sally Jewell, lifelong outdoor enthusiast and former CEO of REI, served in President Obama’s cabinet as Secretary of the Interior. She championed the importance of science and sharing data to better understand our Earth’s systems; supported development of renewable energy on public... Read More →
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Emily Johnston

Emily Johnston is a Seattle poet, essayist and activist for 350 Seattle, which she co-founded. She has been published in Slate, Crosscut, The Oregonian and elsewhere. Her first book of poetry, Her Animals, came out in September 2015 from Hummingbird Press, and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award... Read More →

Saturday February 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm PST
Pigott Auditorium