Hot Off the Wire — 3/20/2022

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Representative Derek Kilmer Virtual Town Hall – Washington Conservation Voters
Date: March 21, 5:45 PM
Click on the link to register for the meeting.

Virtual Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference 2022 – Salish Sea Institute at Western Washington University
Dates: April 26-28, 2022
The conference includes a presentation by OCA’s John Cambalik on citizens’ climate assemblies.

Tell Gov. Inslee and Senator Murray to save salmon, protect orcas, and restore the Snake River. – Washington Environmental Council

President Biden: Ramp up the deployment of renewable energy – Climate Hawks Vote

Discussion: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report and Community-Led Solutions –
Date: March 23, 2022

Demand Congress stop Big Oil from profiting off the crisis in Ukraine! – Friends of the Earth

Demand U.S. banks and insurers stop funding fossil fuel expansion – Daily Kos

Demand that City National Bank and Royal Bank of Canada defund Coastal GasLink and stop financing fossil fuels. – No More Dirty Banks

Reject the oil and gas industry’s attempts to grow its already substantial profits in the name of Putin’s unjust war on Ukraine. – Alaska Wilderness League

Tell banks: stop funding the climate crisis with our money! –

Climate News

The Fight For Legacy Forests – by Lauren Gallup for Northwest Public Broadcasting
There’s been noticeable opposition to various timber sales on the DNR’s trust lands.

Harvesting trees at 80 years, instead of 40, stores more carbon and yields more timber. – by Kate Anderson for Sightline Institute
In California, Oregon, and Washington, extending forest harvest rotations on industrial forestlands offers the highest potential carbon gains of any natural carbon solution.

Pacific Northwest States Paid $700 Million for Russian Oil Last Year – by Zane Gustafson for Sightline Institute
Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is financed largely from oil and gas exports.

5 Reasons Why Expanding the Trans Mountain Pipeline is a Colossal Mistake – by Emily Moore for Sightline Institute
The project will “twin” the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, transporting some of the world’s dirtiest oil from the tar sands in Alberta across British Columbia, loaded onto oil tankers and shipped for export through the Salish Sea along BC and Washington coastlines.

Western US’s Worst Drought in 1,200 Years Brings Year-Long Fire Season Leanna First-Arai for Truthout
According to a February 23 report by the United Nations, extreme wildfires are on track to increase by up to 50 percent by 2100 due to the climate crisis.

Leaving burned trees alone after wildfires may help limit carbon release – by Adam Duvernay for The Register-Guard

How the West’s megadrought is leaving one Arizona neighborhood with no water at all – by Jake Bittle for Grist

Publicly Traded Companies in US May Soon Be Obligated to Report Their Emissions – by Daniel E. Walters & William M. Manson for Truthout
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may mandate that publicly traded companies release information to investors about their emissions and how they are managing climate related risks.

The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to require all publicly traded companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions – by Douglas MacMillan and Maxine Joselow for The Washington Post
A new federal rule is expected to standardize climate disclosures, putting the U.S. on closer footing with other countries.

Biden just banned Russian oil. Now what? – by Kate Yoder for Grist
Some see the moment as one more reason to speed up the shift to clean energy.

Science Moms have created tip sheets and online videos to help others grasp climate science – Nonpartisan group of climate scientists and mothers
According to Dr. Melissa Burt, an atmospheric scientist at Colorado State University and a co-founder of the group, “Moms are worried, overwhelmed and anxious about the climate crisis, and the way to push through the anxiety is by taking action.”

A fair share of climate finance: apportioning responsibility for the climate finance goal – by Sarah Colenbrander, Yue Cao, Laetitia Pettinotti, for Adriana Quevedo for Overseas Development Institute
The US contributed less than 20% of its fair share to international climate finance, the greatest shortfall of any country, despite its abundant economy.

We’ve Been Here Before – Climate Power

Climate aid package: < 1/2 of what the White House requested and far short of the $11.4 billion that President Biden promised annually by 2024 – Congressional House Appropriations Committee

The Senator from Fossil Fuel is ‘Beating Biden Badly’ – by Bill McKibben for The Crucial Years
Senator Manchin has been more important on climate policy than Biden.

Climate migration is part of our future. Is it a problem or a solution? – by Lina Tran for Grist
Rather than view climate migration as a bad thing, UN climate report’s authors say climate migration should be seen as a key part of adapting to a warming future.

First Nations begin filing claims for Canada’s multi-billion dollar water settlement – by Joseph Lee for Grist

Who are the Putin 100? – by Urgewald, Bank on our Future, Insure Our Future and BlackRock’s Big Problem
A shortlist of financial institutions that support the Russian fossil fuel industry through investments, loans, insurance and other services

UN treaty would regulate marine activity on the high seas, curbing threats to biodiversity and accelerated climate change – by Rosie Julin for Foreign Policy

Determinants of public opinion about climate change taxes and laws – by Magnus Bergquist, Andreas Nilsson, Niklas Harring & Sverker C. Jagers for Nature Climate Change
Perceived fairness and effectiveness were the most important determinants regarding public opinion regarding climate change taxes and laws.

Newsletters and Guides to Bills

WA Conservation Voters bill tracker – a continually updated guide

League of Women Voters legislative updates – see “Environment” section

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