Kate Aronoff with one of the most important pieces you will read this year.
This past Friday government released the 4th National Climate Assessment, clearly they were hoping people would be too busy with post Thanksgiving madness to notice. It is a stark report of how climate change is already impacting life in the US and how it will continue to get worse, and much much more expensive, if we don’t implement bold solutions. Included was a chapter by chapter breakdown of how each region of the country will be impacted. Below is a synopsis of the chapter on the Northwest tweeted by Vlad Guttman-Britten who is the Washington Director of Climate Solutions.
Now that most of the dust has cleared on the 2018 election, OCA members should be acknowledged for having their say about climate in the public sphere. In these fractured times, there’s a need for citizens to state plain truths out loud, and OCA members are to be congratulated for stepping up to the democratic (small-d) plate.
Yes on I-1631:
Clallam County Commissioner:
Clallam County Public Utility District:
The people of the Olympic Peninsula, like the people of Washington State and the United States, want to address climate change. $32 million of Big Oil money does not deny that fact!
Sample survey question: “Congress should do more to address global warming.”
6th Congressional District (Olympic & Kitsap Peninsulas): 62%
Clallam County: 62%
Jefferson County: 65%
Washington State: 64%
United States: 62%
From the National Academies of Science:
Negative emissions technologies, which remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequester it, will be an important part of the portfolio of climate responses.
To achieve goals for climate and economic growth, “negative emissions technologies” (NETs) that remove and sequester carbon dioxide from the air will need to play a significant role in mitigating climate change. Unlike carbon capture and storage technologies that remove carbon dioxide emissions directly from large point sources such as coal power plants, NETs remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or enhance natural carbon sinks. Storing the carbon dioxide from NETs has the same impact on the atmosphere and climate as simultaneously preventing an equal amount of carbon dioxide from being emitted.
Four land-based negative emissions technologies are ready for large-scale deployment at costs competitive with emissions mitigation strategies. These technologies include reforestation, changes in forest management, and changes in agricultural practices that enhance soil carbon storage, and “bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration” – in which plants or plant-based materials are used to produce electricity, liquid fuels, and/or heat and any carbon dioxide that is produced is captured and sequestered.
Two other negative emissions technologies could be revolutionary, because they have high potential capacity to remove carbon. Direct air capture employs chemical processes to capture carbon dioxide from the air, concentrate it, and inject it into a storage reservoir. However, it is currently limited by high cost. Carbon mineralization – which essentially accelerates “weathering” so carbon dioxide from the atmosphere forms a chemical bond with reactive minerals – is currently limited by lack of fundamental understanding.
Although climate mitigation remains the motivation for global investments in NETs, the report determined that advances in NETs also could have economics rewards, as the intellectual property rights and economic benefits will likely accrue to the nations that develop the best technology. The report found that NETs have not yet received adequate public investment despite expectations that they might provide approximately 30 percent of the net emissions reductions this century.
First ad features Quinault Tribe executive director
The first commercial produced by the First American Project PAC, a coalition of Washington’s Tribes and allies, stands in support of I-1631. This unedited, long-form commercial features President Fawn Sharp of the Quinault Tribe. Multiple other leaders will be featured in the next two weeks in ads.