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Sign-up for a Coal Free Washington Event

Come learn how you can help make Washington coal free!

Coal is a dirty, dangerous and increasingly expensive fuel. In Washington, if you are a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) customer, you may be surprised that over one-third of your energy comes from coal. Right now, PSE has a momentous opportunity to invest in clean energy and create good jobs in Washington State by moving beyond coal. 

Join us for an event highlighting a recent report that shows a coal-free Washington is clearly within our grasp. This plan is bolstered by an economic study that confirms there are more jobs with clean energy than fossil fuels. The transition off of dirty, dangerous and increasingly-expensive coal-based electricity to in-state clean energy will create thousands of new jobs for Washington.

Chapter Executive Committee Election Results

Congratulation to the candidates elected for 2014:

Becky Castilleja, Ken Gersten, Tim Gould, Katelyn Kinn, and Margie Van Cleve

December 1 Deadline: Help Protect Our Endangered Fish and Wildlife On the Skykomish River

A low-power dam threatens the South Fork Skykomish River, currently designated a Washington State Scenic River to protect it from hydropower dams. It is also protected by the Northwest Energy & Conservation Council for its valuable fish and wildlife, many of which are on the Endangered Species List.

You can help protect the South Fork Skykomish River from the Sunset Falls dam proposed by Snohomish Public Utilities District (PUD). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is taking comments on the PUD proposal.

Please read why the Sierra Club and our allies oppose a dam at Sunset Falls and follow the instructions below to submit your comments to FERC. Comments are being accepted through Sunday December 1st.

Tell the FDA: Genetically Modified Salmon Is Too Risky

The Food and Drug Administration is considering approving a genetically-engineered salmon.

Never before has a genetically-modified animal been approved for human consumption. And yet, the FDA's review has been insufficient, failing to consider broad environmental and public health risks from GMO salmon.

Sign the petition and tell the FDA: GMO salmon is too risky.

AquaBounty, the company that is producing the GM salmon says they won't be able to cross-breed, and yet their own data suggest that 5% of the eggs they produce and transport around the world may not be sterile. If released accidentally, these transgenic fish could severely endanger natural fish populations.

Conservationists Object to Proposed Idaho Panhandle Forest Plan Revisions

Agency plan lacks measurable standards, fails to acknowledge impacts on massive Superfund cleanup

Spokane: November 26, 2013 - Today, a coalition of conservation organizations and individuals filed a formal objection to the draft record of decision (ROD) to the revised Idaho Panhandle National Forest Plan. The group includes Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Sierra Club’s Idaho Chapter and Upper Columbia River Group, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Selkirk Conservation Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Paul Sieracki and Barry Rosenberg. The groups and individuals maintain the newly revised forest plan is not accountable to the public and short changes vitally important resources like water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, maintenance of ancient forest and old growth reserves, recommended wilderness, wilderness administration, and wildland values including recreation. The groups and individuals came together to address serious problems on the biologically important Idaho Panhandle National Forests.

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.

Captive-orca

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.

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

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