Eric de Place, Sightline Institute

Eric de Place

Sightline Institute

Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Eric:

New Analysis Proves Kalama Methanol Project is a Climate Disaster

Project backers are still spinning fairytales that deserve a debunking. → Read More

A Win Over Petrochemicals in Anacortes

Halting xylene project is a complement to the consumer plastics bans sweeping the globe. → Read More

Listen In: What 2020 Will Mean for the Thin Green Line

Sightline Thin Green Line director Eric de Place featured on KBOO program “Locus Focus” for a look at climate, the Northwest, and more. → Read More

The Seattle Pipeline Expansion You’ve Never Heard Of

The Seattle area is home to a gas pipeline project with the potential to increase Washington’s carbon emissions by a whopping three percent at a stroke. Backed by Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and the pipeline... → Read More

Three Reasons Why the Kalama Methanol Project Would Be a Climate Disaster

Stockholm Environment Institute takes a hard look at the science and economics. → Read More

What Does the Trans Mountain Pipeline Announcement Mean?

In a surprise Sunday afternoon announcement, the company backing a huge oil pipeline proposal in British Columbia cried uncle. Citing conflicts between the Canadian government, which supports the project, and British Columbia (plus other local... → Read More

Meet the Well-Funded Players Working Hard to Thwart Oregon's Climate Progress

Oregon is on the cusp of a climate protection breakthrough in 2018. The state legislature is weighing the Clean Energy Jobs bill, a remarkable opportunity to join its West Coast neighbors in lowering carbon pollution... → Read More

How Northwest Methanol Is Likely Intended for China's Gas Tanks

Kalama project carbon emissions could be far higher than previously thought. → Read More

Failure for Giant Oil Train Scheme

Today, Governor Inslee delivered the coup de grâce to the proposed Vancouver Energy oil terminal. Planned for a site within blast radius of downtown Vancouver, Washington, the facility would have been North America’s biggest oil... → Read More

Fall Update From the Thin Green Line

As our corner of the planet tips away from the sun and the rains we missed this summer return, Sightline’s Thin Green Line team is hitting the books. Since our last update to you in early... → Read More

The Thin Green Line Goes to the Polls

If the election results in 2017 are any indication, the Northwest’s Thin Green Line is growing stronger. The Northwest has seen an onslaught of large-scale fossil fuel development schemes. From coal export terminals to refinery expansions... → Read More

A Billion Dollar Gas-To-Fertilizer Plant in Longview?

Yet another tentacle of the Northwest gas industry seems to be reaching for Longview, Washington on the Columbia River, where the City is now evaluating plans for a new $1 billion gas-to-fertilizer plant. Pacific Coast Fertilizer... → Read More

Public Comment Period for Anacortes Petrochemical Project Closes November 1

Northwest petrochemical projects have hit stumbling blocks across the region, but a big one on the north Puget Sound is still moving forward, and time is running out to stop it. Andeavor (formerly Tesoro) plans... → Read More

How Will Washington’s Coast Develop?

For nearly a decade, Northwest communities have been embroiled in fights over coal, oil, and gas export schemes. It’s no secret that these debates are fractious---they strain civic institutions and often leave bruised feelings. Yet... → Read More

Big Oil Aims to Buy Democracy in Washington

With no statewide races or federal level races, 2017 is supposed to be an “off” year election. But for the fossil fuel industry and their allies it’s proving to be a spending bonanza. Coal, oil,... → Read More

Failure for Final Coal Export Project

The Thin Green Line all started in 2010 with a coal export proposal at Longview, Washington on the Columbia River. Backed by an unscrupulous Australian company, the Millennium Bulk project would have shipped by rail... → Read More

157,000 Barrels of Crude-by-Rail per Day to Puget Sound

A pair of new data releases help sketch a clearer picture of how oil trains move throughout the Northwest. By analyzing the data in the new reports alongside what we already know about the industry, we... → Read More

“Not for Any Price”

Mandatory viewing for those following the Northwest coal exports debate: a brilliant 15-minute documentary film telling the story of the Lummi Nation’s improbable victory against a well-financed and politically connected plan to build the largest... → Read More

Oil Refiners and Car Dealers Lose Favored Tax Loopholes

A big round of applause for Governor Inslee is in order. The new state budget manages to clean up two perversities of Washington’s tax code that together siphoned more than $140 million per biennium from... → Read More

Mapping the Thin Green Line

Sightline has tracked Northwest fossil fuel development developments since 2010 when the region saw its first proposal for large-scale coal exports. Since that time, communities from Coos Bay, Oregon, to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, have... → Read More