Hot Off the Wire — 7/10/2022


Heat pumps a win-win for Cascadia’s now hotter, drier summers

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The heat dome bolstered the case for cleaner home cooling and heating technology and for decarbonizing the region’s economy.

Find the case for heat pumps here

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How to Build a Flood-Resilient Community

Though many governments are lagging in their response to climate change, there are steps you can take to make your own neighborhood more flood-resilient.

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When You Can’t Read Anymore About Climate, Take Action

I joined a group that works on creating solutions to climate change. Nuts, right?

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Meredith Rose
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Three stands meet in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon: a fresh cut, a young stand, and an adolescent stand (Source: Marcus Kauffman, OR Dept. of Forestry).
Three stands meet in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon: a fresh cut, a young stand, and an adolescent stand (Source: Marcus Kauffman, OR Dept. of Forestry).

“Through careful planning and public investment, we can overcome these hurdles and transform Cascadia’s forest landscape to long rotations in a way that works for timber-dependent communities.”Kate Anderson

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Strait Ecosystem Recovery Network introduces its calendar of environmental events from around Washington State’s North Olympic Peninsula.

Your money is your carbon

Burning Benjamins

If you’ve got $125k in the financial system, it’s doing as much damage as your cooking and your heating and your flying. These are the most important new climate numbers for many years

by Bill McKibben

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Regional Actions

July 29 – Forests as Natural Climate Solutions


The LWVUS/Climate Impacts Group (Forests and Wildfire) is hosting a webinar in the Fight to Save the Climate and the Planet. Open to all.

Friday, July 29, 022  11:00 am Pacific

Online Webinar: REGISTER HERE

Learn ways to coexist with fire in a changing climate and how forests hold the climate keys to our future.

Speakers Dr. Dominick DellaSala and Jim Furnish will present a provocative discussion on protecting the nation’s mature and old-growth forests in drawing down atmospheric carbon, how the political winds are going in the struggle to protect forests, and what positive actions are being taken.

Jim Furnish
Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala
Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala

Raise your voice to prevent salmon extinction – and achieve a once-in-a-lifetime ecosystem and species recovery!


Sen. Murray and Gov. Inslee Release

‘Lower Snake River Dams’ Benefits Replacement’ Draft Report



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July Activist Meeting: Political Kickoff

Evergreen Future logo in Washington State outline-A vision toward an equitable, just, and healthy future for all.

The first virtual Evergreen Future Activist meeting is July 11th!

We will start off this election season with a discussion on priority races and endorsed candidates with WCV’s Political and Civic Engagement Manager Tony Ivey. We will also hear from candidates Sharlett Mena and Senator Emily Randall about their campaigns running for state office.

·       Date: Monday, 07/11/2022

·       Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

·       Location: Zoom

Sign up here to attend! Please make sure to read the Volunteer Code of Conduct beforehand. Hope to see you there!

Local/Regional News

Dr. Chad Hanson‘s presentation to the North Olympic and SnoIsle Sierra Club Groups on June 16

Chad Hanson — co-founder of the John Muir Project

This year has been historically bad for wildfires, and there are still months to go.

Smoke plumes rising from the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire in Las Vegas, NM last month. Adria Malcolm for The New York Times
Smoke plumes rising from the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire in Las Vegas, NM last month. Adria Malcolm for The New York Times

by Ashley Wu and Matthew Cullen

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The pipeline giant behind Keystone XL wants to expand a major fracked gas pipeline in Cascadia

TC Energy is hoping no one will notice.

Protesting a new fossil fuel project in our county by Francis Eatherington
Protesting a new fossil fuel project in our county by Francis Eatherington

by Emily Moore

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National Actions

Tell the Biden Administration: No New Offshore Drilling Leases

The Biden administration is proposing to auction off large swaths of our coasts to the oil and gas industry for risky and dangerous offshore drilling. Help us stop them.


Supremely Disappointed? Go After Bank of America, Proctor & Gamble, and the Mountain Valley Pipeline

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The Supreme Court’s decision this week, which threatens the ability of the United States to act seriously on climate change, is still echoing throughout the movement.  

It’s important to remember that this is an unpopular and unjust opinion and that the fossil fuel industry is weakening overall. We shouldn’t forget that we’re winning battles big and small every day and decisions like these — rushed through by judges wildly out of step with science and contemporary values — do not reflect our ability to win this battle! We’re not letting this decision slow us down.

Email Bank of America executives now and let them know: it’s time to stop funding climate chaos, and drop the biggest fossil fuel expanders as clients! 

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Global Plastics Treaty negotiations start this year! 

Map of the US filled with recyclable plastic

The UN Ocean Conference (UNOC) is just weeks away, and “science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action” on issues like plastic pollution are part of the agenda. Ahead of the start of Global Plastics Treaty negotiations in the fall, these preliminary discussions cannot be watered down to just ocean plastic.

 Take action: Tell the United States to be a leader in pushing a Global Plastics Treaty addressing the full lifecycle of plastics. 

Tell President Biden to say no to new fossil fuel exports!

Large liquefied natural gas tanker ship docked at an LNG export terminal in Louisiana
 Julie Dermansky

New Fortress Energy has proposed a new project for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export off the coast of Grand Isle Louisiana in Jefferson Parish. This is just one of several projects along the Gulf coast that New Fortress is looking to fast track.

Protect mature and old-growth trees and forests on public lands

Mature and old-growth trees and forests are some of our most powerful climate solutions. Unfortunately, they are still being chopped down on America’s public lands, when they should be set aside for carbon storage, wildlife habitat, and clean water.

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Sign and send the petition to Congress: SCOTUS has dealt a blow to our climate response. It’s time to step up and enact meaningful climate legislation NOW!

In the case of West Virginia v EPA, the Supreme Court has stripped the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

President Biden: Declare a Climate Emergency

Climate change is here, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. The recent Supreme Court decision limiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate coal- and gas-fired power plants makes it abundantly clear that President Biden must declare a climate emergency. 

Center for Biological Diversity

Sign the petition to Speaker Pelosi: Take a stand on corporate dark-money misinformation ads

Corporate interests like AIPAC and Big Pharma are spending millions of dollars to defeat progressives in blue districts. They are taking the candidates voters are most excited about, and they are crushing them.

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The Carbon Bankroll: The Climate Impact and Untapped Power of Corporate Cash


For many of the world’s largest companies, the carbon footprint generated by their investments and cash held in big banks are a significant source, and sometimes their largest source, of emissions.

Download the Report

Tell Congress: Invest in the Renewable and Just Energy Future

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On June 6th, President Biden issued an Executive Order invoking the Defense Production Act to boost domestic solar manufacturing. This is a massive step forward in transitioning to a renewable, just, and secure energy future and tackling the climate emergency.

Tell Chase to end Fossil Fuel Expansion NOW!

Since the Paris agreement, Chase has poured $382 BILLION into financing fossil fuel projects. We won’t stand for the irreparable damage that these projects continue to wreak on people and the planet.

The Supreme Court has made it harder for the country to fight the ravages of climate change.

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Where have all the climate activists gone?

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With legislation stalled, a mass protest movement is struggling to find its place. Read full story

Logging is destroying southern forests — and dividing US environmentalists

Logging Truck enters wood-pellet plant in Ahoskie, North Carolina,
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More than 150 conservation, environmental and social justice organizations have accused The Nature Conservancy of “promoting false climate solutions.”

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Olúfémi O. Táíwò’s theory of everything

Olúfémi O. Táíwò’ --  Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University
photo by Jared Rodriguez

One of America’s most prominent philosophers argues that climate change calls us to rethink world history.

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Feeding a hotter planet

Processing wheat harvested on the outskirts of Jammu, in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir. A heat wave in South Asia has withered crops.
Channi Anand — Associated Press

The world faces a frightening hunger crisis. Climate change makes it worse. Read full article

Some experts fear these forests could shift from absorbing carbon dioxide to emitting it

Unseasonably hot temperatures combined with dry conditions have transformed the boreal forest in much of Alberta into a tinder box on May 4, 2016.

“The biggest takeaway is that these fires in boreal areas are releasing huge quantities of carbon to the atmosphere, and as a result are really jeopardizing our ability to meet certain climate targets.” — Carly Phillips, lead author of the study and a fellow with the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Western States Climate Team

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Quantum social science & Volts podcast: representing social change in climate models

Fran Moore, wrote a recent Nature paper. “Determinants of emissions pathways in the coupled climate–social system.”

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Fran Moore, an assistant professor at UC Davis working at the intersection of climate science and economics

Climate breakdown: even if we miss the 1.5°C target we must still fight to prevent every single increment of warming

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–The Conversation

Thermometer reading 41 degrees Celsius.

Shell consultant quits, accusing firm of ‘extreme harms’ to environment

Caroline Dennett tells staff in video she made decision because of ‘double-talk on climate

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Caroline Dennett


Be the Backlash!

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The Supreme Court’s decisions are insanely unpopular; we have to make that matter

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Bill McKibben


Is California giving its methane digesters too much credit?

Methane gas digester
Rich Pedroncelli — Associated Press

Grist and The Counter have identified at least 10 instances where the state is double-counting climate benefits across both the livestock and transportation fuel sectors. Read the full story

collage of cows, money, and a cloud of methane gas
Alex Hinton — The Counter

Could Google’s Carbon Emissions Have Effectively Doubled Overnight?

Illustration of a smoke stack tied into a knot.

A new report suggests that the money Big Tech companies keep in the banking system can do more climate damage than the products they sell. by Bill McKibben

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Oil has long been used as a geopolitical weapon. Could electrified transport change that?

images of the sun, windmills and a car with an electric cord on the left and stacks of oil cans on a black background on the right.

Climate scientists have been clear that if we want to reduce carbon emissions and slow the pace of global warming, one crucial step is moving from a transportation system run on fossil fuels to one powered by electricity. Read the full story

Climate in Politics

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Hello, I’m from the Government.


Looking Forward — Visions of a clean, green, just future

“The world is full of painful stories. Sometimes it seems as though there aren’t any other kind and yet I found myself thinking how beautiful that glint of water was through the trees.”

an open book with trees, mountains, and the sun rising from its pages

— Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower

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