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Celebrate Sara Patton’s 20 Years at the NW Energy Coalition (Seattle)

Friday, November 8th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Nov 8th 2013

On Nov. 8, 1993, Sara Patton left Seattle City Light to take the helm of the Northwest’s foremost clean energy alliance. Twenty years to the day later, on Nov. 8, 2013, we’ll come together to celebrate – with gratitude and humor — Sara’s two glorious decades as executive director for the NW Energy Coalition!

Sara has charted an amazing course. She’s combined the unparalleled talents of her energy policy staff with the reach of more than 100 diverse member groups and allies from across the region to forge a powerful force for clean and affordable energy.

Please join us in Seattle on Friday evening, Nov. 8 to celebrate Sara, and to support the NW Energy Coalition which, following Sara’s lead, moves our region toward the energy future all of us want. See you there! Come prepared to laugh your socks off.

Attend a Public Forum: How Oil Transport Threatens Washington’s Health, Economy, and Waters

Tuesday, November 19th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Nov 19th 2013

The recent oil spill in North Dakota, the train derailment and explosions in Lac-Magantic, Quebec, the pipeline breach along the Kalamazoo River in 2010, and the grounding of the Exxon-Valdez tanker in 1989 are reminders that accidents happen and have devastating consequences. Especially, when it comes to transporting oil.

We are facing a growing risk as more oil is transported along the Columbia River, across the Puget Sound, and through the outer coast. The risks are wide ranging from oil spills along rails, marine, and pipeline routes to explosions to train traffic congestion to increased carbon emissions to degradation of habitat in the areas proposed for expansion.

Attend an EPA Listening Session in Seattle: Carbon Limits for Power Plants

Thursday, November 7th, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Nov 7th 2013

This summer, President Obama committed the U.S. to be a global leader on curbing climate disruption and proposed that we start by limiting carbon pollution from power plants.

Currently, there are no limits on the amount of carbon pollution spewed into the air by power plants like PSE's aging Colstrip power plant in Montana. We can no longer to afford to rely on dirty, imported coal power. Coal power costs our wallets, health and the environment too much. It's time to fully transition from dirty coal to clean energy!

The EPA is hosting listening sessions to gauge support for taking action to limit carbon pollution from power plants. One of these sessions is in Seattle on November 7. There will be strong opposition to these new limits from the fossil fuel industry, so we need your help to show strong support for bold action to address climate disruption

Feisty Citizens Crowd Seattle's Oct. 23 Climate Action Hearing

"You can't make money off a dead planet." -- Whidbey Island resident

This and other equally pithy comments were presented to Governor Inslee's Climate Legislative Workgroup (CLEW) on October 23.

More than 650 Washingtonians gathered at Seattle’s Bell Harbor Center on a foggy Wednesday night to give the CLEW panel their ideas for how Washington State can met its aggressive goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The 450-person room was standing room only, and was filled with a sea of yellow Sierra Club Beyond Coal shirts. Governor Inslee's Climate Legislative Executive Workgroup listened for 3 hours to public testimony on the need for strong action on climate. Each speaker was allocated two minutes to speak, and there was no ignoring the giant stopwatch projected before the podium.

Watch "Blackfish" On CNN at 8 PM Tonight: A New Documentary On the Plight of Orcas at SeaWorld

"They're an animal that possesses great spiritual and emotional power. They are not to be messed with."

No wild orca has been known to kill a human. Yet at places like SeaWorld, where orcas are held in captivity in extreme conditions, human deaths are increasingly frequent.

Blackfish—a new documentary that premiers on CNN starting October 24—delves into the subject of orca captivity and its psychological effect upon orca whales.


Columbia River Treaty Hearings Scheduled in Olympia and Portland This Week: Speak Up for Salmon!

This week the U.S. and BPA will hold a "Round Table" on proposals for modernizing the Columbia River Treaty with Canada. Groups opposed to the draft's proposed adoption of ecosystem management, protection of wild salmon runs, and adoption of clean energy will likely turn out in force. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to turn the Columbia River Treaty into a powerful tool for promoting salmon recovery and combating the effects of climate change. Make your voice heard! The hearings will take place at the following locations and times:
  • Olympia WA Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1 – 3 p.m.: The Olympia Center: 222 Columbia Street NW (Website) Parking is available: Visit the front desk to get a free parking pass.
  • Portland OR Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2:30 – 5 p.m.: BPA Rates Hearing Room 1201 N.E. Lloyd Blvd., 2nd floor You can also call into the Portland hearing remotely via Microsoft Office Live Meeting. Get detailed information on how to call into the Portland hearing on the Columbia River Treaty.
  • Can't attend a hearing? You can still submit your comments online until October 25 at: www.bpa.gov/comment , or mail your comments to: CRT Review (DKE) P.O. Box 14428, Portland, OR 97293.

December 6: Meeting On the Governor's Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup (CLEW) (Olympia)

Friday, December 6th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Dec 6th 2013

Important: This is not a hearing. The purpose of the meeting is to review and discuss the status of additional information requests; hear proposals from CLEW members on program of actions and policies; review and provide input on the Workgroup report outline; and finalize details for the December 13th public hearing.

For the meeting agenda, click here.

Governor Inslee’s Climate Action bill created the Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup (CLEW). CLEW set ambitious goals and now we need to get specific about how we'll reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

Speak Up for Green Transit: Attend a State Senate Transportation Hearing in Seattle

Monday, October 14th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Oct 14th 2013

Hey Seattle! Got a gripe-- or a wish list-- for our state's mass transit system? You're in luck. 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.

This month brings many opportunities for Seattleites to participate in decisions made in Olympia. You can follow up on the transportation meeting by telling Governor Inslee how you want our state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the CLEW hearing at the Bell Harbor Conference Center on October 23. Opportunities to help shape public policy for decades don't come around often. So let's make the most of it.

Governor Inslee Needs Your Ideas for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Attend a CLEW Hearing

Governor Inslee’s Climate Action bill created the Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup (CLEW). CLEW set ambitious goals and now we need to get specific about how we'll reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. You can help by submitting your ideas at a public hearing or sending them to the Workgroup by email.

  • December 6, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. | House Hearing Room A - State Capitol Campus Olympia

We are fortunate to have such a visionary governor. This is an exciting opportunity for us to support clean energy and help build an effective program for climate action for Washington. Give the workgroup your ideas for reducing greenhouse gases, and let them know that people across the state support strong climate action. Can’t make it to the hearing? You can still submit your suggestions to: climateworkgroup@ecy.wa.gov 

Updating the Columbia River Treaty: An Opportunity to Restore Ecosystems and Protect Wildlife

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