Updates

We are dedicating this Friday’s action to STAND IN SOLIDARITY

 

The past few weeks have seen a rapid wave of solidarity and resistance across the world. Thousands of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and groups—from Victoria to Halifax to the US and the UK—are holding peaceful blockades, rallies and marches in support of the legal jurisdiction that the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs’ hold in their traditional and unceded territories, where the Coastal GasLink pipeline is slated for construction without free, prior and informed consent on their lands.

Who’s banking the pipeline?  Coastal GasLink is a project of TransCanada Pipelines Ltd., the same subsidiary of TransCanada behind the controversial KXL tar sands pipeline.  JPMorgan Chase the #1 banker of TransCanada Pipelines Ltd., and therefore of Coastal GasLink pipeline.

https://www.ran.org/the-understory/whos-banking-the-coastal-gaslink

We’ll have signs, song, chants & chalk!  Join us!

Friday, February 21st, noon-1P Chase Bank, corner of Orondo & Mission

Our meeting follows directly after in the upstairs Wenatchee library meeting room 1-2:30P.  You can join me before all the fun starts for a bite to eat at Bella Bistro (~11A) — or bring a light snack to the library room.  

 


CCNCW More Events – Ways to show you care about the earth!

MONDAY

PresDay2020 (1) Click here for an easy to read version!  Let’s gather and share our concerns about: The Climate Crisis, ICE policy (Separation of Families!), The Destruction of the EPA, The possible sale of our Public Lands, The lack of Checks and Balances in Congress and NOW in the Judicial Branch, Gerrymandering and denial of voting rights, AND the Destruction of our Democracy!!  MONDAY – PRESIDENT’S DAY – SIDEWALKS ALONG MEMORIAL PARK – NOON!

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WEDNESDAY – FEB. 19 – SCIENCE IN OUR VALLEY 4:00 PM – This Concerns the Climate Crisis!

Science in Our Valley: Geology of Antarctica: Hot Science on a Cold Continent

Dr. Huerta’s seminar, “Geology of Antarctica: Hot Science on a Cold Continent,” will begin at 4 p.m. at the WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center.

Dr. Huerta has been studying the Geology of Antarctica for the past 15 years. Her primary interest is understanding the Geologic Evolution of the southern-most continent. More recently, the potential sea-level rise from the loss of the Antarctic Ice Sheets has motivated Dr. Huerta to study the impact of the geology of Antarctica on the stability of the Antarctic Ice Sheets. In this talk, Dr. Huerta will discuss the results of the 10-year international project POLENET, and share the challenges and rewards of Antarctic field work.

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THURSDAY – FEB.20 – GREEN DRINKS: Riverfront Rock Gym 1319 Walla Walla Ave, Wenatchee 4:30

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OTHER:

*NCW UNITED – 7 days of Action #158

*Pybus University Class: “Working Towards Zero Waste” – FEB. 25 – 7:00 – 8:15 pm – Register on Sustainable Wenatchee’s Facebook Page

*Are you feeling stressed when you think about the Climate Crisis? Try Forest Bathing


Solutionary Rail is gaining ground –

 

Dear Friends,

As you likely know, utilizing rail roads rights of way for renewable energy transmission is one of the three essential infrastructural elements of the Solutionary Rail vision. The other infrastructural elements are mode shift and electrification. Theses infrastructural components are supported by a theory of change that prioritizes building understanding and solidarity across an unconventional alliance to build the power necessary to deliver public benefits through infrastructure modernization.

Next Tuesday, February 18 and 3pm Pacific/6pm Eastern we’ll be hosting an online conversation with three deeply experienced panelists, Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald, Jim Hoecker and Cris Stainbrook. They will address the constraints on renewable energy development, the potential of additional transmission to unlock that development and get us to 80% renewables by 2030. We’ll also look at the justice opportunities and challenges of that expanded use of railroad rights of way  specifically in regards regards to tribes – and what that means in terms of solidarity and public private partnerships.

Please RSVP HERE  It doesn’t get much better than this. I hope that you RSVP and share this opportunity with others. We will be using Zoom and questions will primarily be submitted via the chat.  A Facebook event to share HERE

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Solutionary Rail is making plans for an SR Symposium in DC this May, during infrastructure week. This conversation provides an introduction to some of the great folks we look forward to connecting with in a few months.

Thank you to these great experts for prioritizing time for this conversation.

In collaboration and gratitude,

 

Bill Moyer
Executive Director
Backbone Campaign
Solutionary Rail co-author & campaign lead
o. 206-408-8058
c. 206-356-9980


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Action Needed on Clean Fuel Standard TODAY!

 ACTION NEEDED(Information provided to CCNCW by Anne Kroeker)

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) is currently considering a clean fuel standard, applying to their jurisdiction of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. You can make a COMMENT to them through today, FEB 10th.

 

“The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has proposed a Clean Fuel Standard draft rule that would apply to transportation fuels supplied or sold in the four-county Puget Sound region, to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 25% by 2030. The Agency’s Board of Directors will take a final vote early next year, but they need public comment in support of a clean fuel standard to make this plan a reality.

A clean fuel standard works by setting a limit on greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels. This gives an advantage to cleaner fuels like electricity and biofuels and incentivizes more access and infrastructure to these clean fuels for everyone.

In the Puget Sound region, over 40% of climate pollution is from our transportation sector, with the biggest contributors being gasoline and diesel. And, pollution from transportation has only increased over the last decade.”

The one-pager explanation for the why of Clean(er) Fuels, State and Regional:

https://wa.audubon.org/sites/default/files/static_pages/attachments/2020_statewide_clean_fuels_now_general_1-pager_1.pdf

You can provide comments and feedback on the proposed Clean Fuel Standard:
Email: CleanFuels@pscleanair.gov
Written comments are due by 
February 10, 2020.

“California, Oregon, and British Columbia all have working clean fuels policies, leaving Washington state as the only west coast state without such a policy. That has resulted in Washington-produced renewable fuels being sent out of state, in search of the markets for clean fuels generated by this policy. Washingtonians spend about $9 billion annually on mostly imported gasoline and diesel, while many locally-produced clean fuels are shipped to other these other states.”

 

https://pscleanair.gov/528/Clean-Fuel-Standard

What is a Clean Fuel Standard?

A Clean Fuel Standard reduces greenhouse gas pollution from transportation through a system of deficit and credit trading that requires transportation fuels to become cleaner over time.

What’s in the draft rule?

Pollution Reduction Target

The proposed target is a 25 percent reduction in carbon intensity for the region’s transportation fuel pool by 2030.

Regulated Transportation Fuels

Gasoline, diesel, ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, fossil natural gas, propane, and any blend of these fuels.

Opt-In Transportation Fuels

Electricity, renewable natural gas, alternative jet fuel, hydrogen, and renewable propane.

Exempted Fuel Applications

The draft rule specifies that 35% of credit revenue generated by electric utilities and transit agencies must focus on

benefiting highly impacted communities by increasing access to and awareness of electric transportation options.

The rule would form Community Advisory Groups to provide input to electric utilities on equity considerations. The rule would also establish an Equity Credit Aggregator to use any unclaimed electricity credits, and an Equity Advisory Committee to provide input on the selection of the Equity Credit Aggregator and its annual scope of work.”

This proposed policy is not perfect but is a great start.  SO, it is YES AND … like adding jet and shipping fuels to the standard and helping out farmers who need certain fuels for their machines to transition to a cleaner energy source.  And while I don’t know where the opposition is getting their “research”, our gas prices fluctuate as much as 50 cents now, with the oil-gas distribution power grid (without the public getting any benefit, I might add) and while we don’t know how much more we will have to pay per gallon, we do know that we are already subsidizing the oil companies through our taxes and paying for all the indirect costs of poor health caused by bad air.  And decades ago, we were brave enough to add a significant tax to our gas per gallon, in order to pay for road maintenance and the like, and that was long before the general public knew about climate change and its effects.

A wonderful opinion piece put together by 2 folks from the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility and Audubon Washington: https://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/commentary-next-step-for-cleaner-air-for-climate-ourselves/

 


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