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Commentary written by OCA & others

More Tanker Traffic in the Strait?

tankerIn a letter to the editors of Peninsula Daily News, November 6, 2017, Brian Grad wrote:

Oil tankers have delivered North Slope crude for decades through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and although that history hasn’t been spill-free, we’ve come to accept that traffic, governed by federal law, as an acceptable risk.

Would it be acceptable if tanker traffic increased sevenfold, from one a week to one a day?

That could happen if Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion brings Alberta tar-sands oil across the Canadian border to Puget Sound, destined for export to Asia, according to Canadian media reports.

Tar-sands oil is a heavy crude that must be diluted with lighter oil to flow in a pipe.

If spilled on the water, the diluent will evaporate, but the heavy crude will eventually sink, endangering habitat for crabs, bottom fish, shellfish, salmon, even orcas, according to an article in Scientific American.

Our local economy is at risk, too, not just from a spill but from the idea that this is not a healthy, safe place to live.

Think about the Deepwater Horizon.

All of us can play a role in stopping this pipeline: Ask big banks like Wells Fargo, Chase and US Bank to stop financing pipeline projects and put their money into something less risky.

Dollar for dollar, clean energy creates more jobs than fossil fuels, and solar panels and windmills won’t leave a mess on the beach.

If the banks don’t get the message and continue to profit at our risk, it’s our option to divest and put our money in banks that don’t fund future oil spills.

You have a choice.

For more information, see oly climate.org.

Brian Grad,

Sequim

Grad is a member of the executive committee of Olympic Climate Action.

Think about it: heating up?

Column in the Sequim Gazette by local columnist Bertha Cooper:

http://www.sequimgazette.com/opinion/think-about-it-heating-up/

Personal Consumption Choices and Capitalism

Personal Consumption Choices alone Can’t Save the Planet: We Have to Confront Capitalism itself.

Planting seedlings at Crescent

To stave off disaster, we must transform the economic system driving climate changeBy Kate Aronoff

State & local leaders: It’s time to commit

Bill McKibben writes in the latest Rolling Stone magazine:

How to Tell If Your Reps Are Serious About Climate Change

In the wake of Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, how serious are your elected leaders about fighting back?

Trump’s “low-energy” thinking on energy

Oppose Kinder-Morgan pipeline to protect our water and climate

Letter to the editor from OCA member Lisa Dekker:

“Here in our waterway, ecological and economic interests are one and the same, and this pipeline project absolutely must be stopped.”

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/letters/letter-trans-mountain-pipeline-expansion-evidence-of-fossil-fuel-industrys-desperation/