It's hard not to be disheartened by the news everyday coming from the Trump-occupied White House. But one way to stay energized is to resist at the local level.
As the Trump Administration's federal policies look to favor the fossil fuel industry, state and local authority, especially the power of regulating land use, will likely play an increasingly important role in protecting regions like the Northwest from the risks of coal, oil, and gas. Indeed, threatened by a tsunami of energy export projects, a number of cities and counties in the Northwest are defending themselves from new energy export projects by reforming their land use and development codes.
On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Sightline Institute's Policy Director Eric de Place about how local resistance to the Trump agenda is not just a West Coast phenomenon. We look at how local governments across the US are experimenting with a variety of opposition strategies to protect themselves from volatile oil trains, widespread fracking, and offshore oil drilling. So listen and take heart!
Eric de Place, Policy Director, spearheads Sightline Institute’s work on energy policy. He is known as a leading expert on coal and oil export plans in the Pacific Northwest, and he is considered an authority on a range of issues connected to fossil fuel transport.