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Tracy Warner | Divest, but don’t expect results

These are heady times if you dislike companies that extract or sell oil, coal or gas. Portland joined the celebration last week when the city council voted unanimously to place 200 fossil fuel companies on its do-not-buy investment list, said the Oregonian. It joins cities like Seattle and institutions like Stanford, the University of Washington and hundreds of others in deciding, in some way, to cleanse their investment portfolio of fossil fuel stock.

Steve Wright: Still on course

At our last Chelan County PUD board meeting an updated analysis was released that reduces our projected PUD revenues by around $50 million over the next five years, compared with the forecast used for last year’s budget. A reasonable question is whether this new forecast calls into question the conclusions of the strategic plan adopted just this last spring. The simple answer is no.

George Will: Our Navy, our character

The Navy’s operations, on which the sun never sets, are the nation’s nerve endings, connecting it with the turbulent world. Although the next president may be elected without addressing the Navy’s proper size and configuration, for four years he or she will be acutely aware of where the carriers are. Today they are at the center of a debate about their continuing centrality, even viability, in the Navy’s projection of force.

Tracy Warner | Casualties of the trade war

We had hoped that by now clean energy jobs would be popping up like phlox on the hillside. The clean energy economy, stoked by subsidy upon subsidy, would rescue our stalling economy and suffering middle class and bring us many family wage jobs. We believe. Or, we believed.

Editorial Board | Wine rising

The Washington wine industry is a heavy hitter putting up some big numbers. An analysis for Washington State Wine, relayed by the Washington Research Council, concludes that the total economic impact of the Washington wine industry reached $4.8 billion in 2013. It has risen from $3.5 billion in 2009.

Editorial Board | Congress, chaos and conservation

The chaos in Washington, D.C., and threats by Republicans to shut down government, are doing damage even before the crisis point is reached. Conservative Republicans’ preference for political theater over governance further undermines public confidence in Congress, if it hasn’t already disappeared, and makes Republicans look like destructive ideologues who prefer posing for their base to doing what they were elected to do: govern.

Editorial Board | Marijuana on hold

We once praised the Douglas County commissioners for their willingness to comply with the wishes of county and state voters and allow marijuana retailers to set up shop. Now, it appears a perfectly reasonable move for the county to take a breather, and try to figure out where all this is going.

George F. Will | The bobblehead campaign

America’s loopy left is enamored of someone who becomes cranky about bobblehead figurines. Sober Democrats are queasy about nominating Hillary Clinton, who has much to apologize for but no aptitude for apologies. Those Republicans who hope she is denied the nomination are perhaps imprudent. And even Republicans who recoil from Donald Trump’s repulsiveness might want to defer the delicious pleasure of witnessing his apoplexy when he joins, as surely he will, the ranks of those he most despises — “losers.”

George Will | Yogi Berra, an American story

The 18-year-old U.S. Navy enlistee, thinking it sounded less boring than the dull training he was doing in 1944, volunteered for service on what he thought an officer had called “rocket ships.” Actually, they were small, slow, vulnerable boats used as launching pads for rockets to give close-in support for troops assaulting beaches.

Tracy Warner | This refugee crisis scares us

Imagine the entire population of Washington and Oregon forced from their homes, as their government or its enemies slaughter their neighbors and ravage their towns and cities. Imagine 4 million people, the population of Oregon, forced to flee for their lives, with nothing, to wander in search of refuge.

Tracy Warner | Carbon limits ignore demand

Of course, the headlines immediately called them the “big polluters.” The state Department of Ecology announced Monday that, at the insistence of Gov. Jay Inslee and to meet goals set by the Legislature, it will begin the process of writing rules requiring “big polluters” cut their emissions of greenhouse gases over time.