Hot Off the Wire — 2/5/2021

COVID Resources

Commentary

Letters from an American
Heather Cox Richardson


Our Amazing Clean Energy Future Has Arrived
— Foreign Policy

A vintage illustration of a futuristic three-wheeled self-driving ‘“dream car” from 1961.
A vintage illustration of a futuristic three-wheeled self-driving ‘“dream car” from 1961. GraphicaArtis illustration/Getty Images

Is It Too Late for the Southern Resident Orcas?
— Outside

Democracy Now. Beaking the sound Barrier. Amy and Denis.
By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Lakota Tribes Call on Biden to Shut Down DAPL

The case for conservation leasing

Federal rules make it illegal for environmentalists to lease oil- and gas-rich lands in order to protect them. It’s time for that to change.
— Grist

Solutions

Amsterdam Is Embracing a Radical New Economic Theory to Help Save the Environment

Illustration by Chris Dent for TIME

State Climate Policy Network (SCPN)

State Climate Policy Network. US Map as menu to states climate data.

At Climate X Change, click on the states for up-to-date policies and emissions data.

This is our opportunity to get ahead of industry and  to change the rules of the game
— Sierra Club

The Department of Ecology is making a new rule for how fossil fuel projects will be assessed by the end of this year.

Kick Off! Let’s Get Ahead of Industry
Tuesday February 23rd 6:30- 8pm

Climate Justice is
Protecting Community Health
Tuesday, March 9th 6:30 – 8pm

Centering Frontline Communities
Tuesday, March 23rd 6:30 – 8pm 

Register here for one or all of the events!


Regional Actions

Washington Open House. First Monday of the month. 7 to 8 pm PT.

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The Washington STRONG Act has arrived!

Here are four ways you can support this transformative legislation:

  • Got 3 minutes? Retweet our video and share this Facebook post to help spread the word on social media. (Pro Tip: Tag your legislators to help get their attention!)
  • Got 4 minutes? Ask an organization that you work with or volunteer for to support Washington STRONG
  • Got 5 minutes? Call the Chair of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, Sen. Reuven Carlyle, to request that a committee hearing be scheduled for Washington STRONG as soon as possible: 360.786.7670
  • Through February 22nd, The Carbon WA Board is matching up to $15,000 in donations to fund additional advocacy.

Sign on today to demand a Clean & Just Transportation system in Washington!

Clean & Just Transportation for Washington. Bus, bicycle, street.
— Climate Alliance
Protect our air, water and people. Stop oil expansion in Kern County, CA.
League of Women Voters of Washington. Legislative Newsletter.

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS EFFECTS

  • Climate Change | You can participate in Environmental Lobby Day from Feb. 8-10.
  • Energy | Advocate for clean and renewable sources.
  • Natural Resources | Protect natural resources that are impacted by climate change and provide resilience.
  • Transportation | A new transportation budget will be adopted this year and emphasis will be on reducing the net impact of transportation systems on climate change.

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Washington Legislative Webinar Series on Video

Webinar 1: WA Legislature 101 

  • Get involved with the WA Bus to support their mission of increasing political access and participation for youth.
  • Join 350’s twice-a-week email alerts on climate bills here and read their legislative priorities here. 

Webinar 2: Climate Policy 

Webinar 3: Fixing WA’s Upside Down Tax Code

  • Register for Hunger Action Day: Appointments will be made for Feb. 12 but trainings and webinars will be provided beginning Feb. 8
  • Sign up for Northwest Harvest’s advocacy updates here
  • I have attached Balance Our Tax Code’s legislative priorities below 

Webinar 4: Fighting for Social Justice Across WA


Western Environmental Law Center logo. W with mountains across.

Three free upcoming events in February
featuring WELC staff:

  • The Road Ahead with the Biden Administration
  • A Conversation About Beavers
  • The West Is Burning: A Landmark Stories Documentary

Washington: Help Save Endangered Orcas, Restore Wild Salmon, and Honor Commitments to Northwest Tribes

— NRDC Action Fund

National Actions

Confirm Biden's Climate Nominees!

Tell Your Senators: Confirm Biden’s Pro-Environment Nominees Without Delay!


Blue 350 logo

350.org is excited to announce the launch of a nationwide effort to #BuildBackFossilFree

Join our Week of Action by making a sign and sharing a photo online. RSVP here to let us know we can count you in.

You are invited to join the launch and orientation call on
Thursday, February 11 at 4:00pm PST

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Please sign our petition calling on Joe Biden to #StopLine3 immediately and invoke a climate test for all pipelines.
— act.350.org

Sign up TODAY for your
Build Back Fossil Free toolkit!

Stand with Deb Haaland

Deb Haaland. Secretary of the Interior. Standing, smiling from behind microphone/podium.
GettyImages
The Social Cost of Carbon: Key Scientific and Policy Considerations for the Biden Administration.

Wednesday, February 10,
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PST
Zoom Webinar — RSVP

Three young people, man woman man.

Local/Regional News

Announcing Environmental Priorities Coalition (EPC)’s 2021 Bill Tracker!

Make sense of environmental work happening this legislative session.

A Thin Green Line

During a decade when Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia flouted carbon emissions goals, activists fighting fossil fuel exports made global impact.
— Grist

Clallam Public Utility District OKs membership dues after debate

CPUD recently voted 2-1 to pay a whopping $28,919 of ratepayer dollars to NWRP for its media disinformation campaign.
Only $10,000 for the Clallam County Economic Development Council.
— Peninsula Daily News

Seattle Kayaktivists protest Arctic drilling. By Joshua Trujillo. Yellow oil platfom surrounded by kayaks.
Seattle Kayaktivists protest Arctic drilling. By Joshua Trujillo

Local and Regional Newsletters

Sightline Institute logo with mobius loop symbol.

Zombie scooters to invade Boise

Sightline Institute logo with mobius loop symbol.

When is Seattle going to fix micro housing?

National/International News

The U.S. commits to tripling its protected lands. Here’s how it could be done.

In a new executive order, the president promised to protect 30 percent of U.S. land and 30 percent of U.S. oceans by 2030.
— National Geographic

Carbon: Getting to net zero is surprisingly feasible, and affordable

Reaching zero net emissions of carbon dioxide from energy and industry by 2050 can be accomplished by rebuilding U.S. energy infrastructure to run primarily on renewable energy, at a net cost of about $1 per person per day.

The Anthropocene Era in 5 Charts

Key Insights from the 2019 IPCC special report on climate change.
Our Impact on Climate Change and Global Land Use.
— Visual Capitalist


Watch
America Is All In Kick-Off Webinar

America is all In webinar. 5 photos of Dynamite women.

There’s a technical difficulty at 19 minutes in on the recording, you can skip ahead to minute 24.

These are the key climate moments in the upcoming year


Green Power Markets

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Green Power Partnership

Learn more about a range of topics related to how renewable energy supply helps meet demand for green power.

How global electric car sales defied Covid-19 in 2020

Electric car sales in 2020 broke all records amidst the crisis caused by the pandemic.
— International Energy Agency


Report: Advancing Clean Energy in the States
— League of Conservation Voters

National Newsletters

The New York Times.
Climate Forward Newsletter.

Where things stand 1/28

The New York Times.
Climate Forward Newsletter.

The shift toward clean cars 2/3

Endangered Earth Newsletter. Natural scene changes with each issue.
CENTER for BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
Yes Magazine. This Week. Editor's favorite stories published this week.

Biden Can’t Heal America By Himself. Here’s How to Help

The New Yorker.
The Climate Crisis Newsletter.
Color-mapped globe inspected by classic New Yorker man.

A Pennsylvania Mother’s Path to Insurrection

Climate in Politics

Two mayors offer starkly different views on Biden’s climate policies
— PBS News Hour


A trio of Democratic lawmakers wants President Biden to declare a “climate emergency” as soon as possible.
— Grist


Delaying efforts to address climate change until 2030 will cost the U.S. 72 percent more than if it starts charting a course to net-zero emissions right now,
The Costs of Delay.
— Grist


Senators are still debating whether cutting fossil fuels will save the planet

Much of the hearing was taken up by Republican-led discussions that cast doubt on the fact that replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy reduces emissions.
— Grist


Biden’s treacherous path to 100% clean energy just got a little easier


American cities self-reporting their emissions under-report their greenhouse gas discharge by 18 percent on average
— The Hill

The World’s Projected Energy Mix, 2018-2040

Changes in the Global Energy Mix for 2040. Area chart showing types of energy generation.
— Visual Capitalist

Carbon capture and storage has been touted by Republicans as a cure-all for rising emissions. But NRG Energy, the company behind the nation’s only power plant with functioning carbon capture technology, announced last week that it plans to shutter the carbon capture unit this coming June because it’s uneconomical. The technology deployed by the coal-fired plant to scrub its emissions was so energy-intensive it actually required a whole new natural gas plant to power it.”
— Zoya Teirstein | Grist


Federal Agencies Have Lost Hundreds of Scientists Since 2017.

What Comes Next?

Woman Federal Biologist examining in Southwest.
Union of Concerned Scientists

Inspiration

Hope Matters — Dr Elin Kelsey
Password – Hope

Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA
Studium Generale, January 21, 2021

First Grade Wisdom

A teacher asked each child in her classroom the first half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb.

A New Way Forward

Book. The New Possible. Visions of Our World beyond Crisis.

The turmoil of 2020 provides a chance to reimagine the world.
— Grist

Edited by Philip Clayton, Kelli M. Archie, Jonah Sachs and Evan Steiner
Foreword by Kim Stanley Robinson

The New Possible offers twenty-eight unique visions of what can be, if instead of choosing to go back to normal, we choose to go forward to something far better.


Yarns from the Farm blog.
Nan Bray sitting with her shepherd dog, in front of her sheep and hillside in Tasmania, AU.

Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands, Tasmania since 2000

A Climate Basic Series.
Thumbnail images of the 9 basic examinations of the climate.
Link to the series.

Note to Yarns from the Farm readers: This is a series of articles on climate change that I’ve written for our local monthly newsletter, the
Southern Midlands Regional News.
Cheers, Nan