Writer's Rant

Hope Of America

Conducted rights and clearances, music supervision and a little script consulting on the really cool independent feature Tim Timmerman, Hope of America.  When Director Cameron Sawyer saw an old TV interview with me, he offered up a small roll in the film! 

Free Lolita - CBS Seattle

 My first assignment for KIRO 7 - CBS in Seattle, covering the 12th annual Ways of Whales Conference on Whidbey Island. Set the camera up on the tripod and ... the sensor crapped out. No picture.

On The Waterfront Plan

See this fine one-two punch, first from editor Tim Johnson and then by 'your humble narrator' in the vaunted pages of the Cascadia Weekly.

Calling Governor Inslee... and all the ships at sea

Collaborative writing can be tricky, but this one turned out okay.  Marine consultant Fred Felleman and I co-wrote this piece published in Crosscut. 

Felleman lived up to his reputation.  See the full piece here.

"Big Coal Faces Big Opposition" — Kinder Morgan Dumps Coal Port

Energy giant Kinder Morgan dumps sought to build a coal terminal along the Columbia River.  They weren't expecting such intrepid opposition, not just from environmentalists, but from the Everyman and Everywoman.

Coal Conspiracy — Greenpeace Video

The story telling is simple and clear, the music almost sounds like the soundtrack for a nursery school lesson.  Watch this great primer on the plan to turn the Northwest into an export hub for coal.

"Arrested Development star Alia Shawkat (aka Maeby) explains the truth about the coal industry's plans to export American coal."   ~  Greenpeace

Gateway Pacific Terminal — EIS

January 22, 2013

To the Washington Department of Ecology, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Planning and Development Services, Whatcom County,

Gateway Pacific Terminal— "It's a Coal Port"

My presentation to the Bellingham City Council on the difference between a Dry Bulk Commodity Terminal—which Gateway Pacific Terminal purports to be—and a Coal Port, which is what GPT really is. Judging by their conversation—observable during the cutaway—Mayor Kelli Linville and the city attorney appear to have had something else on their minds.


Gateway Pacific Terminal — Rapping with The Gubernor

 This will seem incongruous to my previous criticism of her, but it was a pleasure speaking with Governor Chris Gregoire at Taylor Shellfish Farms yesterday. She was there to meet with members of the Puget Sound Partnership she formed in 2007 to help restore our polluted inland sea.