On Friday September 20, the United States released its draft recommendations for updating the Columbia River Treaty. Established 50 years ago, the treaty created a framework for establishing and maintaining hydroelectric dams in the Upper Columbia River basin. Now the treaty is being updated to reflect 21st century priorities. In a win for environmental groups, the draft recommends:
- Restoring the Columbia River ecosystem
- Improving flood management to mitigate damage to salmon habitat and promote healthy fish populations
- Making adaptation and flexibility in the face of climate change a key priority
- Partnering with Canada on a new program to improve fish passage so that salmon and other migrating fish can reach their traditional Canadian spawning grounds.
For the full text of the recommendations, visit: http://www.crt2014-2024review.gov
Throughout the fall, Senate Transportation Committee co-chairs Sens. Curtis King, R-Yakima, and Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way will be holding public meetings to discuss the transportation budget.
The dates and locations of the public meetings are:
- Oct. 14 – Seattle 6-9 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 1013 8th Avenue (between Madison & Spring Streets)
- Oct. 15 – Bellingham 6-9 p.m. Port of Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225
Foreign coal companies like Ambre Energy hope to make big profits by shipping coal to Asia, and bringing 16 loud and dangerous coal trains through our community every day. This plan would cut off emergency responders from the neighborhoods they serve and clog daily commute traffic for hours. You've sent messages, signed petitions, and written letters. Now is the time to stand up for our families and protect Longview. This is our best chance to tell state and local leaders that coal is wrong for our communities. RSVP now to attend the hearing on the proposed coal terminal at Longview, WA and protect your family and community from dangerous coal exports!
On Sept. 21, Draw the Line Against Keystone XL in Seattle. Say NO to Fossil Fuel Exports With Bill McKibben!Posted by Elisabeth Keating
The Northwest says NO! to Fossil Fuel Exports in conjunction with 350′s National Day of Action. Please like, join, and invite friends! Please bring BRIGHT RED FABRIC to Myrtle Edwards on Saturday (scarves, shirts, fabric 2 feet or more in length by 8 inches or more in width). We’ll be encouraging people to hold these up to show where they’re willing to do the work to help us all “Draw the Line”, and after the speakers are done, we’ll stand in a line for a group photo, between the tracks and the water, and ...hold up our red fabric- – drawing a clear red line together, and saying NO to fossil fuel exports. We’ll have some available for those who forget, but since we’re hoping for thousands, we need you to bring your own if at all possible.
We are fortunate that Washington state's economy has a diverse array of strengths as we work to continue our recovery from the Great Recession.
We build the world's best airplanes. We design software that's changed the way we work and socialize. We grow some of the country's best fruits and vegetables, producing, in fact, 92 percent of the nation's red raspberries. But to keep our economy growing, we need to recognize all of our strengths and leverage them to our advantage.
On August 16, the public comment period opens on the proposed coal export facility in Longview, WA. This is our official public opportunity to say NO to this coal export facility and to voice our concerns about specific impacts. Please come to a hearing, submit a comment, and testify.
If approved, the Millennium Bulk Terminals proposal in Longview, WA would be the largest permitted coal export terminal in the United States with plans to export 44 million tons of coal annually. Right now, the three agencies involved in issuing permits are trying to decide which impacts to take into account in their decision making process.
The Trans-Pacific 'Partnership' (TPP) is a massive "free trade agreement" that could impact nearly every aspect of our lives, from the food we eat to the air we breathe to the quality of our jobs.
One of the impacts of the TPP would likely be a substantial increase in U.S. natural gas exports to countries in the Pacific Rim, paving the way for more fracking across the United States.
The measure would generate an estimated $66 million per year from 2014 through 2019 through a CPI-indexed property tax levy lid lift of 18.77 cents per $1,000 of assessed value – an estimated $56 per year for the owner of a home valued at $300,000.
June 25, 2013: Seattle, WA – Today President Barack Obama announced his administration's next steps for building a legacy of action to fight the climate crisis. The plan includes new energy efficiency standards for federal buildings and appliances, scales up responsible clean energy production on public lands with an ambitious new commitment to power 6 million homes by 2020, and uses the full authority of the Clean Air Act to cut dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.
Sierra Club director of Washington's Coal-Free PSE campaign, Doug Howell released the following statement in response:
After signaling its disinterest in exporting dirty coal overseas, the Port of Vancouver is poised to take on the shipment of another dirty fossil fuel – crude oil. On Thursday, June 27, the Port will hold an important meeting about the proposed oil terminal. Please join us and other concerned citizens at the meeting.
- WHAT: Port of Vancouver Public Meeting about proposed Tesoro/Savage oil terminal. Public input will be allowed, likely at the beginning of the meeting.
- WHEN: Thursday, June 27 (9:30 AM)
- WHERE: Port of Vancouver Administrative Office (3103 NW Lower River Rd, Vancouver, WA)
See Sightline Institute’s just released report, The Northwest’s Pipeline on Rails, about the many plans to ship massive quantities of crude oil to Oregon & Washington ports and refineries. Their report presents the first comprehensive, region-wide review of all oil-by-rail projects planned or currently operating in the Northwest.