Efficiency First plan would lower energy costs, create jobs and enhance energy security for Washington State
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington State Legislature last night approved a bill to dramatically improve energy efficiency in buildings throughout the state. Now headed for Gov. Chris Gregoire’s desk, SB 5854 would gradually raise standards for new building construction, while improving energy efficiency in existing public buildings through insulation, better windows and improved heating and cooling systems.
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Stand Up for Public Health, Clean Energy, Good Green Jobs and a Green Economy - Send a Message to Governor Gregoire Today!Posted by Becky Stanley on April 9, 2009 - 3:24pm
Coal is so last century. Coal mining destroys mountains and prairies. Coal creates more global warming pollution than any other energy source. Coal spews toxins into our air, water, and communities. In Washington State, we still use dirty coal.
Washington State can move beyond coal with your help.
By Ben Greuel
On Monday, March 30th President Barack Obama signed the Omnibus Public Lands Act (S.22) therefore designating over 2 million acres of wilderness in 16 areas and in 9 different states. The signing was a huge victory in the effort to protect our public lands. Though Washington State was left out of this round of wilderness bills, our wilderness champions are working hard at protecting our precious public lands.
On Thursday, March 26th, four days before President Obama signed the Omnibus Public Lands Act, Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Dave Reichert introduced the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act” - this joint legislation will help ensure the future of some of Washington’s most popular backcountry recreation areas by designating more than 22,000 acres of wilderness adjacent to the existing Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. The legislation will also protect nearly 30 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and 10 miles of the Pratt River as Wild and Scenic Rivers.
Even though many of us feel strongly about what has been happening in Olympia regarding the potential changes to I-937, I am respectfully requesting in the strongest way I can that you sit back for a moment, and with a calm, clear mind think about the bigger picture of what is happening, what our best friends in the Legislature are dealing with, and what we can do to improve the situation.
The Senate and House are both planning to release their budgets this week. In a word, the budgets will be terrible. The state is facing an unprecedented $9 billion budget deficit.
Final House Passage of Measure Expected Next Week
Washington, D.C.- The Senate voted today to safeguard millions of acres of new wilderness, protect hundreds of miles of rivers, expand trails, and protect critical habitat in Wyoming from oil and gas leasing. This is the bill's last stop in the Senate, with final passage in the House of Representatives expected to come next week.The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (H.R. 146) passed on a vote of 77 to 20.
SB 5840 undermines Washington’s clean-energy leadership
The Sierra Club is disappointed in the Washington State Senate’s Tuesday-night passage of a bill that would severely cut renewable energy standards set by public vote in 2006. To read the Press Release and for more information, click here.
By Peggy Bruton
In mid-February, my husband and I had an energy audit for our house by a guy with Puget Sound Energy. We signed up because our power usage seemed to be increasing too much, more than we could attribute just to the unusually cold weather.
Now let me explain why this option appealed to us. Yes, we wanted to do something about the high energy bills, since we're retired folks on a fixed income, more or less. But we're not financially stressed, and the big reason, really, is that we want to shrink our carbon footprint any way we can.