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Every Monday from 10:00am to 11:00am.


A weekly conversation about our place on the planet. Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein talks with local, regional and national experts, activists and policy makers about climate change, food policy, land use, salmon restoration, forest management and all the other things that matter in our environment.

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The End of the Shale Oil and Gas boom

Airs at: Mon, 03/02/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Recent comments by John Hess, CEO of Hess Corporation, offer a rare acknowledgement from within the U.S. oil & gas industry that the “shale revolution” may not have staying power. Speaking at the Argus Americas Crude Summit in Houston, Texas, Hess warned that “production in... Read more

Three Strikes Against Jordan Cove LNG

Airs at: Mon, 02/24/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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On February 19, the State of Oregon denied the coastal zone permit for Jordan Cove LNG! This is the THIRD critical state permit for which Jordan Cove LNG has failed to qualify. The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) said that Jordan Cove LNG would... Read more

Extinction Rebellion Activists On Trial

Airs at: Mon, 02/17/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Five XR PDX climate activists are going to trial on Monday, February 24th, at the Multnomah County Courthouse for allegedly building a victory-over-climate-change garden on the railroad yard and track at Zenith Energy Corporation. The defendants’ criminal charges of trespas... Read more

LNG, Methanol, the Northwest, the World

Airs at: Mon, 02/10/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In recent weeks there have been interesting developments with two fracked gas projects in the Northwest. In December the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) rejected the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) that Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW... Read more

The Long and Twisted Tale of Jordan Cove

Airs at: Mon, 02/03/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For several years we have been following the long and twisted tale of the Jordan Cove LNG export facility proposed for Coos Bay and its companion Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, which would snake across much of Southern Oregon, carrying fracked gas to Jordan Cove. In the pa... Read more

We went to jail for our great-granddaughters

Airs at: Mon, 01/27/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For over fifteen years people across Southern Oregon have been living with the specter of the Jordan Cove LNG export facility and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline haunting their lives. Tens of thousands of people have raised their voices in opposition to this project which th... Read more

Food Town USA

Airs at: Mon, 01/13/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Organizing around food can address the intersection of many critical social justice issues and transform communities. In his new book, Food Town USA: Seven Unlikely Cities That are Changing the Way We Eat, food writer Mark Winne invites readers on a tour of America’s most s... Read more

2020: Where will the fossil fuel fight take us in the coming year?

Airs at: Mon, 01/06/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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This past year was a rollercoaster ride for communities across the Northwest fighting major fracked gas infrastructure projects. On the one hand, scientifically-baseless environment impact statements were submitted for Kalama Methanol and approved for Tacoma LNG. On the oth... Read more

A New Coast

Airs at: Mon, 12/30/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Communities and countries around the world are now declaring that we are in a climate emergency. Most of these declarations focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the more comprehensive resolutions also call for a just transition, meaning that frontline communities ... Read more

The Never Ending Saga of Tacoma LNG

Airs at: Mon, 12/23/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Nearly four years ago, as they were defeating the world's largest methanol refinery proposed for their port, activists in Tacoma found out that a large Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) distribution hub and storage facility was also being planned at the Port. Once they defeated the ... Read more