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Stop Pipeline threat to Puget Sound

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.

Climate Science Special Report

Credit Jonathan Alcorn/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

“WASHINGTON — Directly contradicting much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies unveiled an exhaustive scientific report on Friday that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization.”

“Despite the scientific consensus presented in the report, the Environmental Protection Agency has scrubbed references to climate change from its website and barred its scientists from presenting scientific reports on the subject.”

“The E.P.A. administrator, Scott Pruitt, has said carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to warming. Rick Perry, the energy secretary, asserted Wednesday that “the science is out” on whether humans cause climate change.”

Link to the New York Times article (11/3/17).

Link to the government report itself, the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), Volume I.

 

 

Mazaska talks; the banks are listening!

 

PA City Council Candidates on Climate Planning

Candidates for Port Angeles City Council Travis Berglund, Kate Dexter, Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin and Artur Wojnowski respond to Mike Doherty’s question about a Climate Action Plan — mitigation and adaption — as the work of the City Council.  (Mike’s question starts at minute 58:30.)

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/politics/port-angeles-council-candidates-talk-about-environmental-issues/

Remember to VOTE by Nov. 7.

Activists shut down bank branches in Seattle

https://www.seattleweekly.com/news/activists-disrupt-over-100-bank-branches-across-seattle-for-financing-tar-sands-projects/

Climate-related podcasts

Here’s a list of some good ones, which you should be able to access through collector services such as iTunes, Pocket Casts, or Stitcher:

  • Warm Regards
  • Stepping Up
  • Generation Anthropocene
  • Climate Conversations
  • Trump on Earth
  • Terrestrial