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    Energy Department Secretary Jennifer Granholm says research at the department's eastern Idaho nuclear facility is key to boosting nuclear energy to meet President Joe Biden's goals of 100% clean electricity by 2035 and net zero emissions by 2050. Granholm on Wednesday toured the 890-square-mile site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory, the nation's leading nuclear energy research lab. She says increasing nuclear power could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming and extreme weather events such as floods and wildfires. Nuclear power provides about 20% of the nation's power and 50% of the nation's zero carbon-emitting energy.

      A new map in Oregon that rated the wildfire risk of every tax lot in the state — labeling nearly 80,000 structures as high-risk — generated so much pushback from angry homeowners that officials abruptly retracted it, saying they had not done enough local outreach before publicizing the ambitious project. The rapid reversal, announced late Thursday, capped weeks of criticism during which the map emerged as a flashpoint for conservatives who call it government overreach and “climate change evangelism.” Prior to the retraction, one information session in the state's rural southwest corner was canceled because of a threat to presenters.

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      “Climate change is a threat multiplier for hunger …” — Rupa Mukerji, lead author, United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change climate assessment reports on impact, vulnerability and adaptation.

      Clackamas County is under fire for another elections blunder. Thousands of voters this week received the wrong pamphlets for the Oregon City mayor's race. County officials say they noticed the error on Thursday and worked quickly to correct it. Voters in the county’s 600 precinct should expect to get new pamphlets in the mail by Saturday. In May, voters didn't get primary results for weeks after ballots printed with smudged barcodes were rejected by a vote-counting machine and had to be hand-tallied. The fiasco cost the county $600,000 to fix and criticism was focused on Elections Clerk Sherry Hall.

      Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse, who voted to impeach Donald Trump, advanced to the general election following days of vote counts in Washington state’s primary. But fellow Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler saw her advantage against an opponent endorsed by Trump rapidly shrink to within recount territory. Both drew interparty challenges due to their vote to impeach Trump following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Newhouse, the four-term incumbent in the 4th Congressional District in central Washington and Democrat Doug White were essentially tied, with each capturing about 25% of the vote on a crowded ballot. White also advanced to the fall ballot.


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