Hot Off the Wire — 8/30/2019

From Kevin Jones
NW Climate and Clean Energy Coalition co-lead

Background:  The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) has provided preliminary approval for the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Tacoma Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) facility.  A public disclosure request has revealed that NW Pierce county, portions of SW King county and most of Vashon Island is in the blast zone, should the tank rupture and catch fire. 

Moreover, the Environmental Impact Statement actually concludes that use of LNG for shipping, the primary use of this facility, is actually worse for the environment than doing nothing.

Please Act! — Submit your comment TODAY!

Opinion

Kochland”: How David Koch Helped Build an Empire to Shape U.S. Politics
& Thwart Climate Action
— DemocracyNow! Video Interview

Solutions

Electric Cars are Coming, Gas Engines are Going — Daily Kos

Regional Actions

Draft Regional Transportation Plan 2040
Open House for Public Review and Comment

Next Tuesday in Port Angeles and Wednesday in Port Townsend is an open house for the Peninsula Transportation Plan (for both the Olympic Peninsula and Kitsap Peninsula).

This is the big picture long term plan for how transportation (all transportation, not just buses) will work on the peninsulas, so it is a great place for people to come and voice the need for more greenhouse gas emission mitigation measures in our transportation system (which second to our forestry practices is the largest source of CO2 on the Olympic Peninsula).

OPEN HOUSE
Tuesday, September 3
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Port Angeles Main Library
2210 South Peabody Street, PA
Take Clallam Transit Route 22

OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, September 4
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Port Townsend Public Library
1220 Lawrence Street, PT
Jefferson Transit 1, 6A, 8, 11A, 11B

Check out the map of Climate Strike events

Tell Your PSCAA Member: We can’t build a clean energy future by investing in dirty energy. — Washington Environmental Council

National Actions

On Facebook and
Find or Host an Action
— Action Network

Complicity in Destruction II
How northern consumers and financiers enable Bolsonaro’s assault on the Brazilian Amazon — Amazon Watch

Defend the Endangered Species Act! — Wilderness Watch
Please urge your members of Congress to immediately reverse the administration’s gutting of the ESA.

U.S. investor BlackRock is complicit in Amazon deforestation — Daily Kos
Please sign this petition to BlackRock and
Call BlackRock’s Director of Corporate Engagement, Michelle Edkins at (212) 810-3167

Sign the petition: All actions must be taken to fight the devastating Amazon fires

Mountain Valley Pipeline: dirty, dangerous, and unneeded — Sierra Club
Submit your official public comment to stop this pipeline!

Pledge To “Wipe Right”:
Use Recycled Toilet Paper
–NRDC

Climate Strike Training Webinars — 350.org

Tom Steyer to talk about his
Justice-Centered Climate Plan
Sign up here for the livestream.

Local/Regional News

Endangered resident orcas return to inland waters after long absence
J17, K25 and L84 are missing and presumed dead — Q-13 Fox Report

Rep. Kilmer to Hold Series of Town Halls

Warming waters in Alaska killing off salmon in record numbers

Newtok is the nation’s first community to relocate due to climate change, and the military is lending a hand
— Credit Katie Basile / KYUK

Sightline’s Latest Original Work

National/International News

CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall
Announced for September 4

Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls
will appear in New York

Submit your climate question directly to CNN here,
and the next president could answer it on national television.


Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Arrives in NYC — DemocracyNow! video
Says, “It’s the Biggest Crisis Humanity Has Ever Faced”
Gretta in the Americas
The 16-year-old climate activist is kickstarting a months-long tour of the Americas. For her first action, she will be joining New York students climate-striking outside the U.N. Friday morning. She will then take to the streets for a massive climate march in New York City on September 20, followed by two U.N. climate summits here. In December, she will attend the COP25 climate summit in Santiago, Chile.

The stunning hypocrisy of JP Morgan and CEO Jamie Dimon on climate change
The world’s worst banker of climate change.” — ThinkProgress

Is your money being used to fund climate change? — Bank on Good
Check on your bank here.


Pacific Island States Declare Climate Crisis

A ‘climate crisis’ has been declared in a special session during the 5th Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit and first Conference, echoing the global movement declaring ‘climate emergency.’ — 350.org

Inspiration

Growing Rural Prosperity 

Governor Inslee’s Plan for Regenerative Agriculture and Thriving Rural Economies