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WPSR and Oregon PSR release report on health, safety, and fracked gas

Join us on July 11th to learn more and take action

Dear friend,

In the past two decades, the Pacific Northwest has become a major target for fossil fuel projects that threaten our health and climate. We’ve successfully halted major oil and coal export facilities, and now we are focused on fighting the spectre of major fracked gas projects that pose grave dangers to our region.

WPSR health professionals are calling for clean, renewable energy in response to harmful proposals for mega-fracked gas infrastructure in Tacoma and Kalama. Last week, we released a 150-page research report with our Oregon PSR colleagues on the specific threats to health and safety fracked gas projects pose in our region.
Dr. Rejean Idzerda, a member of WPSR’s Climate & Health Task Force and co-author of our report, delivered our findings to Governor Inslee’s staff with WPSR President Dr. Mark Vossler. See coverage in Sightline Institute and The Columbian.
We are more committed than ever to standing with communities impacted by fossil fuel projects to ensure they are never built. With this in mind, we invite you to join us on July 11th in Seattle for the Seattle debut of “Ancestral Waters”, a powerful new documentary film that tells the story of the Puyallup Tribe’s resistance to the Tacoma fracked gas facility that is being built on their ancestral land without proper permits.
Join us July 11th for this special event!
What: “Ancestral Waters” Screening & Filmmaker Q&A
When: Thursday, July 11th (doors open at 6:30 PM, screening at 7:00pm)
Where: Southside Commons, 3518 S Edmunds St., Seattle, WA 98118
RSVP by clicking here
This event is free, with suggested $10 donation to support Native Daily Network. Refreshments will be provided. Share the event on Facebook!Our new report confirms that fracked gas harms our communities and our climate. Join us on July 11th to learn more about this powerful movement and stand for a truly clean energy future!

Thank you,
Sarah Cornett
WPSR Climate Program Organizer

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Solutionary Rail is gaining traction!

Welcome to “Railbite” #1 from Solutionary Rail, a plan for electrifying America’s railroads and opening up the rail corridors for green-energy transmission!

Solutionary Rail is a plan to:

  1. Electrify the nation’s rail corridors by modernizing existing track infrastructure

  2. Power those corridors with distributed renewable energy (wind & solar)

  3. Use modernized rail corridors to bring clean energy to the rest of the country

Let’s talk about #1 – Why is electrifying the railroad crucial for building a cleaner, zero-carbon transportation infrastructure?

  • 30% of all our greenhouse gas emissions comes from transportation in the U.S.

  • Rail transportation is more energy-efficient than highway transportation: the railroad requires 1/3 of the energy required by cars and trucks (steel wheels on steel rail involve less energy-intensive friction than rubber wheels on pavement).

  • Battery-operated cars and trucks require extracting dangerous resources across the planet, and the problems of traffic casualties, road congestion, impervious flooded roads, and costly highway wear and tear will continue to worsen.

  • Battery disposal: battery recycling causes air, water and soil pollution, and approximately 2/3 of batteries aren’t even recyclable. Once we have scaled up car and truck electrification, how will we dispose of the waste?