Liam Moriarty

Wind Power
6:43 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Paying Wind Generators Not To Produce Power

The first powerhouse of the Bonneville Dam, 40 miles east of Portland, on the Columbia River.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Chances are your utility bill has gone up this year. One small part of the reason may be that you’re paying for electricity that was never generated. From Jefferson Public Radio, Liam Moriarty takes a look at how Northwest electricity customers got saddled with more than $2.5 million in payments for power they didn’t use.

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Electric Cars
12:25 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

West Coast Leads Surge in Electric Cars

The Nissan Leaf is a purely electric car that has become popular in the area.
Credit Photo by Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

  In all three West Coast states, transportation accounts for the largest share of climate-changing greenhouse gases. And all three states are trying to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on their roads. This week, California passed a milestone toward that goal; 100-thousand electric cars sold in the state since the end of 2010.

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Wildfire Planning
6:29 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Study Says Poor Planning Contributes To Wildfire Costs

An Oregon Army National Guardsman looks for spot fires around the Government Flats Complex fire from a Blackhawk helicopter, near The Dalles, Aug. 21, 2013.
Credit Oregon Military Department

Wildfires in the West are getting bigger, hotter – and more costly. A new report from a national science advocacy group says climate change is one major reason wildfires are getting worse.

And short-sighted development policies are a big reason they’re costing more. Jefferson Public Radio’s Liam Moriarty explains.

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Firefighting Funding
6:46 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Northwest Wildfires Boost Call For Funding Reform

Credit National Interagency Fire Center

Fires continue to rage through tinder-dry wildlands in Oregon, Washington and California. Nearly a million acres have burned so far, destroying more than 200 homes.

With the nation’s eyes turned toward the Northwest, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and the Obama Administration have taken the opportunity to renew their efforts to change how the federal government pays to fight -- and prevent – wildfires. From Jefferson Public Radio, Liam Moriarty explains.

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Tiny Houses
7:25 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Are Tiny Houses The Future Of Northwest Housing?

A 117-square-foot tiny house north of Seattle, WA.
Credit Zoey / livetiny365.com

Since 1950, the size of the average American house has nearly tripled, to more than 2,400 square feet. Not coincidentally, US consumers on average also pay a much larger portion of their income on keeping a roof over their heads. Now, as JPR’s Liam Moriarty reports, a small but growing number of people – in the Northwest and beyond -- are scaling back their housing needs and trading square footage for more time and freedom.

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Grey Wolves
7:43 am
Thu June 12, 2014

The Wolf At The Door: California Wrestles With A Predator’s Return

The wolf designated by researchers as OR-7, caught on remote camera in southwest Oregon on May 3, 2014.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

It’s been ninety years since the last native California wolf was trapped and killed. Last week, Oregon wildlife officials announced that OR-7, the wolf they’ve tracked wandering in and out of northern California, had found a mate and fathered a new litter in southern Oregon. That news contributes to the growing sense that it’s only a matter of time till wolves re-inhabit the Golden State. Against this backdrop, California wildlife officials extended endangered species status to the gray wolf. From Jefferson Public Radio, Liam Moriarty reports.

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Medford DA Bombing
4:27 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Arrest Made In Medford Bombing

Police in Medford, Oregon have arrested a suspect believed to be behind the bombing last week of the Jackson County District Attorney’s office. 

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W.T.O. Boeing Ruling
4:16 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Boeing, Airbus Both Claim WTO Victory

Boeing is calling a WTO ruling over the 787 Dreamliner a victory.
Photo credit: MilborneOne Wikimedia commons

Both US and European officials are claiming victory after a global trade court ruled in a long-standing dispute over claims of illegal government subsidies to Boeing and European rival Airbus. From France, Liam Moriarty has more.

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737-MAX
6:59 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Boeing Makes Its Largest-Ever European Sale

Boeing sold 100 737 MAX airplanes to Norwegian Air Shuttle.
Boeing

The Boeing Company ended 2011 having sold about half as many airplanes as its France-based rival, Airbus. Now, less than a month into the new year, Boeing has inked its largest deal ever with a European airline. The aerospace giant is on track to overtake Airbus for the first time in years. From France, Liam Moriarty reports.

Oslo-based Norwegian Air Shuttle is the first European carrier to buy Boeing's revamped 737 MAX -- 100 of them. The deal is seen as another industry vote of confidence in the updated version of Boeing’s workhorse model.

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