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FAX THEM ! The Harper-appointed National Energy Board is reviewing the Trans Mountain expansion again.

The Harper-appointed National Energy Board is reviewing the Trans Mountain expansion again.

Why? Because a federal court found their previous review was so flawed, the Trudeau government couldn’t lawfully rely on it for the project’s approval.

Well, now Trudeau has asked this industry-captured regulator for another rushed approval. Submit your comment to the NEB’s oil tanker review.

The archaic NEB won’t accept comments by e-mail — but you can submit yours by fax.

I don’t know about you, Kevin, but I’d never used a fax machine before. Maybe you haven’t in a while. Most people don’t have one at home anymore.

Fear not! You can send a comment by fax on our website with just a couple of clicks. Just head on over to NoTankers.ca. We’ll fax it to the NEB for you and cc your MP too.

Don’t want hundreds more oil tankers a year putting B.C.’s coast, economy and resident orca whales at risk? Get your opposition on the record.

The deadline for public comment is November 20. Fax yours today.

For the coast,

Sophie

P.S. If you feel like this NEB review is rigged, you’re not alone. For one thing, the regulator decided to exclude climate change from their assessment. For another, the Prime Minister keeps repeating his intention to build this pipeline and tanker expansion with our tax dollars! Still, you can bet pro-pipeline politicians will be looking at this review as a barometer for public opposition. Submit your comment about Trudeau’s oil tanker expansion plan and we’ll cc your MP.


The voter info surprises me!

Jeanne —

We’re on the verge of something remarkable. If Washington become the first state to put a price on climate pollution, it will inspire activists around the country, and have ripple impacts on national climate politics that could be felt for years.

But first: we need to win this thing.

Shockingly, only 13% of voters under thirty have cast their ballots so far ― and so we are taking the Yes on 1631 road show to the UW campus this Monday and Tuesday. Can you join us?

We’ll be canvassing at Red Square, in the center of UW, with Wheezy the Inhaler and the Fossil Free Dinosaurs all day Monday and Tuesday. There will be song, dance, and free t-shirts, beanies, and cliff bars for everyone who has voted.

Can you join us at UW to get out the vote on campus?

Even though voter turnout is at record highs for this time in the election, more than 50% of people in Washington have still not voted. Now is the most important time to volunteer for the campaign.

If you can’t make it to UW, then there are events happening all over the state, all day on Monday and Tuesday. Can you join one near you?

Over 6,000 volunteers have had nearly 400,000 one-on-one conversations with voters, knocking on almost 175,000 doors and making 375,000 phone calls. That’s incredible. But we still need to do more to ensure that we overcome the deep pockets of the oil industry.

Can you help ensure that we beat Big Oil and sign up for one final volunteer shift?

Then, when it’s all done, we hope that you’ll join us at the Yes on 1631 election-night party at the Arctic Club in downtown Seattle. You can RSVP here. It will be a well-earned fun evening with many of the leaders who helped to write the policy, and many of the thousands of volunteers who have worked so hard to get us this far. We hope you can join us.

But first: two days left. Let’s do this.

Alec

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Jeanne —

3…2…1…

The clock is ticking. Big oil hasn’t stopped for a second — they’re up to $31.5 million raised. This is unprecedented, but they aren’t going to quit. We have three days until the election. We need your help immediately.

But here’s the good news: We’ve received a promise from a donor to match every donation until Election Day up to $25,000. We’re in the last sprint — we have to take advantage of this.

Donate today and help us reach our $25,000 GOTV match goal before Election Day!

Here are three ways your donations can help the campaign:

1. Donate $6.31 to help buy clipboards for our volunteers knocking doors!

2. Donate $16.31 to buy a couple of pizzas for our late-night crew!

3. Donate $163.10 to help us get our digital ads in front of 7,000 persuadable voters!

In these final (very) few days, anything you can do will help. We’re counting on you.

Thanks,
Team Yes on 1631

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Brad Hawkins—Local Transportation Priorities—Nothing on Public Transit, Electrification, Bicycles…..

Recent projects discussed with transportation council

 

Maybe you received this email as I did, if not,  the door is open for  everyone’s input.  No mention of  improvements in electrification,  public transit, improved bicycle and pedestrian travel.  It is time to get realistic, the top priority at this time is reducing transportation carbon outputs. What good are these  construction  priorities on a DEAD PLANET   ?  Transportation actions at this time need to be directed towards a 45% reduction in carbon outputs in  12 years and zero by  2050.    At the bottom of this email is his address.   Send his mail box some serious  climate change weather….    Copy, paste and send this to everyone on your email contact list and encourage them to  comment and then send it to everyone on theirs.   If your email is rejected, wait until early next week and resend.  brad.hawkins@leg.wa.gov   

November 1, 2018

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Transportation infrastructure is critical to our area’s economic growth and quality of life. Not only is having an efficient and effective transportation system important for getting our crops to market, it is important for safety. It is also becoming an increasing challenge for our everyday commutes. These are reasons why the issue of transportation continues to be one of my top priorities as a legislator.

On October 11, I attended the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council’s meeting at the Confluence Technology Center in Wenatchee. This group is comprised of local elected officials and other transportation leaders throughout Chelan and Douglas counties. During the meeting, the council presented its 2019 transportation funding priorities, all of which are key components to enhancing a loop around the greater Wenatchee Valley.

Transportation priorities in Chelan and Douglas counties – four key projects

The council emphasized the importance of proper maintenance and preservation of our existing transportation system and focused on these four new projects of interest:

  • McKittrick Street BNSF Railroad Underpass ($25 million). This project would create a much-needed underpass at the railroad crossing near McKittrick Street in North Wenatchee. The proposed underpass is ranked No. 2 statewide among priority railroad grade separation projects. The right of way already has been acquired with local funds, allowing design and construction to begin once funding is secured. To view an image of this project, click here.
  • U.S. 2/97 Wenatchi Landing Interchange ($21 million). This project would be located in Douglas County near the Olds Station Bridge. It would include construction of a half-diamond interchange with arterial street connections that would function as the east half of the interchange. The project would create highway access to the 300-plus-acre site within the East Wenatchee Urban Growth Area to facilitate development. To view a map of this project, click here.
  • South Wenatchee Apple Capital Loop Trail Connection ($4 million). The project would construct a BNSF Railroad overpass to establish a pedestrian/bicycle connection to the Apple Capital Loop Trail for South Wenatchee neighborhoods. This bridge helps provide a much-needed connection between these neighborhoods and our cherished loop trail infrastructure, providing safe access by avoiding the railroad crossings. To view a map of this project, click here.
  • Confluence Parkway ($113 million). This project would help mitigate the growing traffic challenges in North Wenatchee near the Wenatchee River. A new roadway and new bridge would be constructed and connect to the U.S. 2/97 Interchange. The project also would realign the Apple Capital Loop Trail and build railroad grade separation at the SR 285 connection. You can view a map of this project below, or by clicking here.

 

I was pleased to join the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council for its monthly meeting to learn about these priorities, and I invited the Senate Transportation Committee’s budget coordinator to attend the meeting with me to share detailed information about the budget process. You can view that presentation by clicking here. For additional information about the state transportation budget, click here.

Methow bridges need repair and replacement

In addition to the priorities in Chelan and Douglas counties discussed above, there are transportation needs within the 12th District boundaries of Okanogan County. Multiple bridges along the SR 153 corridor in the Methow Valley (between Pateros and Twisp) are in need of repair and replacement. In total, 11 bridges on SR 153, constructed between 1933 and 1950, have been deteriorating. Replacement of all 11 bridges is estimated to cost nearly $100 million. Repair work to the sidewalks, rails, decks, and other portions of the bridges is less costly, but we know that this type of work, while more affordable initially, simply defers the inevitable and costly transportation challenge ahead in the Methow Valley, one of the most scenic and beautiful areas of our state. Click here to learn more about these aging bridges.

Legislature approves three budgets, including the transportation budget

As you may know, the state Legislature will be developing three budgets in the upcoming session. The operating budget is approximately $45 billion and funds K-12 education, higher education, health and human services, corrections and other operations of state government. The capital budget is about $4.6 billion and funds infrastructure and land-related items, such as construction assistance to K-12 schools, university buildings, mental health institutions, and correctional facilities. The transportation budget is $9.5 billion and funds transportation agencies and the construction of previously approved projects.

Two-year transportation budgets and periodic “revenue/gas tax” proposals

It is important to understand the distinction between the transportation budget, which is approved every two years at the start of the new biennium, and the “revenue/gas tax packages,” which are proposed periodically, approximately every five to 10 years. The two-year transportation budget is funded primarily by fuel taxes and vehicle license fees. The budget provides funding for the day-to-day operations of our Department of Transportation, Washington State Patrol, and Department of Licensing.

The transportation budget also appropriates funds for a variety of maintenance and preservation projects and numerous construction projects throughout the state based on predetermined schedules. Occasionally, the two-year transportation budgets include opportunities to add smaller-scale items, such as the $2 million contribution toward the West Cashmere Bridge in 2017. In transportation funding terms, this is on the high end of what is considered a smaller appropriation. Assuming the upcoming budget has revenues greater than projected, the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council’s recent request for $1 million to fund Phase 2 of the Confluence Parkway Environmental Impact Statement could be a viable request for the upcoming two-year budget.

For larger-scale appropriations, revenue packages propose increases in gas taxes and vehicle fees along with a specific list and construction schedule for new projects. The final construction of new projects approved in a new revenue package can take many years to complete, so those projects are scheduled over multiple years and funded during their corresponding two-year transportation budget window. So the primary purpose of the regularly approved transportation budget is to appropriate funds in the upcoming two-year period for agency operations and projects previously passed in a revenue/gas tax package.

Considerations for the 2019 legislative session and federal transportation funding

I realize this description of the two-year transportation budget and the interconnected relationship of the occasionally approved new revenue packages can be confusing, so I thought it would be helpful to explain this information in some detail. In short, new construction projects of major significance (like the ones included in the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council priorities) do not get completed without corresponding new revenue.

The new revenues that fund new, major state transportation projects come in the form of additional fuel taxes and vehicle fees. Another source of funding for major transportation projects could come in the form of federal grants, which are paid by us as federal taxpayers. Either way, we pay for new, major projects if we want them. If the Legislature pursues a budget and a revenue package in 2019, it is important that our region is prepared to discuss and advocate for our transportation priorities.

Senate Transportation Committee chair’s visit to Wenatchee – November 8

I am pleased that my colleague, Senator Steve Hobbs, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, will be visiting Wenatchee on November 8 to learn more about our region’s transportation needs. Senator Hobbs lives in Lake Stevens and represents the 44th Legislative District. He will be attending the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council meeting on November 8 along with me, Senate Transportation Committee staff, and others. Click here to view council meeting information. Senator Hobbs and I, along with local officials, will be touring different facilities later in the day to discuss our region’s transportation projects and priorities. It is always helpful when other elected officials are willing to take the time to learn about issues and projects important to our area.

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve as your state senator.

Sincerely,

Brad Hawkins

State Senator Brad Hawkins
12th Legislative District
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A Frightening Halloween Tale

 

Today is Halloween, and I’m here to tell you a frightening tale… Deep in the heart of the rainforest, you can find orange and black creatures like tigers and orangutans, but something dangerous is coming for them. The forests are being set on fire, and these animals are running for their lives as the bulldozers close in on them. The scariest part of this story is that it’s real, it’s happening right now, and it’s happening to produce candy and other treats.

DONATE NOW!

Nearly 300,000 tons of Halloween candy have been purchased for Halloween this year, and the Conflict Palm Oil lurking inside it has contributed to the loss of 100,000 wild orangutans in less than 20 years. Conflict Palm Oil is haunting EVERY.SINGLE.GROCERY.STORE. How frightening is that? And unlike your average ghost, you can’t get away from it, including your Halloween candy!

Don’t let Conflict Palm Oil destroy the home of creatures great and small. Costumes of tigers and orangutans are adorable, but these animals need your help in real life, and they need it fast.

Give any amount NOW to protect orangutan habitat!

Kevin, we’ve been fighting against Conflict Palm Oil for years. What we’re doing is working, and we won’t stop fighting until the terror of Conflict Palm Oil expansion is brought to an end.

DONATE NOW!

In fact, just within the last few weeks, your online activism and support has brought about huge milestones in ending Conflict Palm Oil: Nestlé and Musim Mas have dropped Conflict Palm Oil producer, Indofood — a company known for its egregious human rights violations and rainforest destruction.

But there’s more work to do.

Kevin, only 4% of the supporters within our network are donors — can you imagine how much faster we could move against rainforest destruction if another 4% of our supporters donated? Will you help? Today, I’m asking you to put on a super-cape for Halloween, and stand up for those who can’t fight for themselves. We’re in a fight for the survival of critically endangered species, and they need YOU to end this terrible tale of destruction.

Ghosts and goblins might not be real, but the impact your donation has for the long-term survival of wild orangutans is as real as it gets. Please, make any size one time donation, or consider starting a $10 monthly donation  — monthly donors are the heroes we depend on for long-term campaign power.

For orangutans,

Chelsea

 

Chelsea Matthews
Forest Campaigner
Rainforest Action Network

 

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