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Hot Off the Wire – 4/20/2019

Take action

Regional Action

Urge your Washington state legislators to stand up for
clean energy, clean cars, and climate action.

Here’s what you need to know about these five critical bills:

  • SB 5116 would set a target of moving Washington State to 100 percent clean energy by 2045
  • HB 1110 would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation industry — the largest emitter of climate-busting carbon pollution in the state
  • HB 1112 would phase out harmful “HFCs” — powerful climate-changing gases that threaten human health and the environment
  • SB 5811 would require a percentage of cars sold in WA be zero-emission vehicles
  • HB 1257 would help make buildings more energy efficient
  • House Speaker Frank Chopp: (360) 786-7920 ·         
  • Majority Leader Pat Sullivan: (360) 786-7858 ·         
  • Majority Caucus Chair Eric Pettigrew: (360) 786-7838

Support the Healthy Environment for All Act – Washington Conservation Voters

Please Pass the HEAL Act off the House Floor– Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy

Tell your legislators that Washington needs a Clean Fuel Standard like the rest of the West Coast – Climate Solutions

Call on the Washington State Senate to Address Our Wildfire Crisis – Add Your Name to dedicate $62.5 million a year for wildfire

National Action

Chip in now to Power the Amazon Spring

The Amazon is home to 10% of the species on the planet, produces 20% of our oxygen, and sucks in and stores more carbon pollution than any other place on Earth.
This magical forest is literally helping keep us all alive!

Tell BlackRock: Vote to make big corporate polluters take action on the climate crisis!

Thank Murray and Cantwell for standing up for our environment and voting no on Bernhardt’s confirmation – NRDC Actin Fund

2020 Presidential Candidates must debate environmental policy
– MoveOn and Youth Climate Strike

It’s time to end the climate silence once and for all.
Demand a Democratic debate where climate justice is front and center.

Have you wondered what electric vehicles are like up close?  

Find your nearest Drive Electric Earth Day event!

Climate News

Local/Regional News

Activists rally for woman on hunger strike Supporting Orcas
– Peninsula Daily News

Fort Worden State Park
will host first-ever Global Earth Repair Conference in Port Townsend

State bicycle facilities and pedestrian walkways plan – WSDOT

San Fransisco and Chico Declare A Climate Emergency
– The Climate Mobilization

WA House passes 100% Clean Electricity SB 5116
– NW Energy Coalition

Go solar and support the Sierra Club – Get a Savings Estimate
$1,000 for you, $1,000 for the Sierra Club

This is a HUGE victory for fish habitat protection – Sound Action

National/International News

A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
– The Intecept and the Sunrise Movement

The Chrysalis Symposium: Courageous Transformation for the Climate Crisis – Oregon State University

Join Spring Creek Project for an afternoon symposium with climate change thought leaders, practical workshops, and a reception with community discussions to help make the connections we’ll need for the years ahead.
When: Sunday, May 5, 2019 from Noon to 7:30 p.m.
Where: LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis, Oregon (875 SW 26th St)

Recent Sierra Club milestone accomplishments, including the
re-introduced Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act

Is there really Environmental Inequity? – Video by The Years Project

Winona LaDuke Calls for Indigenous-Led “Green New Deal”
– DemocracyNow! Video

Meet the Famed Climate Attorney Who Superglued Herself Outside Shell’s U.K. HQ – DemocracyNow! Video

350.org on Trump’s executive order to expedite pipeline permits

Juliana v. United States Case, will be heard on June 4th, 2019

Climate crisis: today’s
children face lives with tiny carbon footprints
– The Guardian

Next generation must keep their own carbon levels at a fraction of their grandparents’ in order to prevent catastrophe

Sierra Forum: Protect the Arctic Refuge – 37 min.


How to make the world affordably carbon-free

April 12, 2019 Author Gero Rueter DW News – DW.COM

If the world is to quit coal and gas for renewable energy sources, they have to be reliable and affordable. Is that realistic? Researchers have crunched the numbers and come up with some surprising answers.

Sheep graze on grass in front of solar panels on a sunny day

How much sun and wind is available in different areas of the world? How high is the energy demand? How do we set about cutting costs for renewable energies and their storage?

These are just some of the questions put forward by researchers from the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) in Finland and experts from the Energy Watch Group (EWG). They have used their answers to compile the first detailed global energy scenario.

Thestudy, which has just been published, outlines strategies for 145 different regions around the world, with the ultimate aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 — and even save money in the process.

“This energy system costs less than our current one and ensures that global warming remains under 1.5 degrees Celsius (34.7 degrees Fahrenheit),” says study coordinator and Professor for Solar Economy at LUT, Christian Breyer. On average, the renewable energy system would be about two percent cheaper globally.

Read more: Paris Agreement: What needs to happen for climate action to succeed?

Titled ‘Global Energy System based on 100% Renewable Energy,’ the study simulates the most cost-effective energy mix for each region and shows how the energy requirements for electricity, heat and transport can be replaced by renewable alternatives.

Infografik CO2 Reduktion im Energiesektor EN

Based on its findings, the most important source of energy is solar power (70 percent), followed by wind power (18 percent), biomass (5 percent) and hydropower (3 percent).

Keep on reading!

Hot Off the Wire – 4/14/2019

Take action

Regional Action

Sign up to gather postcards for climate action!

“We need to break through the noise of behind-the-scenes influences with a more personal touch.”
– The Washington Environmental Council

2019 Tribes and First Nations Climate Change Summit (link pending)
July 30-31, 2019 — Save the Date
Northern Quest Casino
Airway Heights, WA (near the Spokane Airport)

Sign on: Demand the Senate pass
the Oil Spill Prevention Bill
– Daily KOS

Tell your Legislators: Invest in Clean Energy Priorities and Affordable Homes
Enter your information to email your Legislators.
– Washington Conservation Voters

100% Clean Electricity Act SB 5116 
Clean Buildings for Washington Act HB 1256 
The Healthy Environment for All Act SB 5489 
Email your legislators today asking them to support bold, equitable climate action this session

Online Letter Writing Workshop to Stop Fracked Gas
Tuesday, April 16th — 6:30-8:00 PM — The Sierra Club

Tell the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency:
Protect us from PSE’s fracked gas facility.
— The Sierra Club

What is North of Falcon?
And Why Does it Matter To the Southern Residents?

Please send your comments

Join the Promise to Protect Training in Seattle the weekend of April 27/28
This training is offered twice — Saturday and Sunday. Sign up for one day!
RSVP for Saturday 4/27
RSVP for Sunday 4/28 — 350.org Seattle

The Healthy Washington For All
(HEAL) Act (SB 5479)
Please email your legislators today

Clean fuels are within our grasp! — Climate Solutions
HB 1110 has passed the House and is making its way through the Senate. Your voice is crucial.

100% Clean Electricity for Washington – E-mail your legislators
– Washington Conservation Voters

National Action

Online Forum – The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Thursday, April 11 – 11:00 a.m. PT – Sierra Club

The Sunrise Movement Needs Your Help
– C
all your Members of Congress asking them to co-sponsor the Green New Deal
– Keep up-to-date with the Sunrise Movement
– We’d much rather you join us in the streets, but if you’re not able to, you can support our Sunrise volunteers.

Thank Rep. Kilmer for supporting the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act
– NRDC Action Fund

Clean & Affordable Energy Conference, May 3 in Boise, ID – The Energy Activist

It’s shareholder meeting season! – Support Fossil Banks No Thanks
Give $1.98 to protest fossil-fuel funding banks – 198 Methods

Climate News

Local/Regional News

How Tribes Are Harnessing Cutting-Edge Data to Plan for Climate Change – Yes!
Climate change is already damaging Indigenous ways of life. But tribes are adapting.

WA Appeal Court Sides With Ken (The Reluctant Radical)
“Valve Turner” Ken Ward allowed to present a Necessity Defense for his actions.

Spring Newsletter: We Defend the West
– Western Environmental Law Center

The Pacific Northwest is The Thin Green Line

The Pacific Northwest stands squarely between the most voracious energy markets in the world and huge fossil fuel deposits in the interior of North America

National/International News

The End of Ice: Dahr Jamail on Climate Disruption – DemocracyNow! Interview

House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis first hearing – YouTube
Generation Climate: Young Leaders Urge Climate Action Now!

ClimateCast – The week in Clean Energy Solutions
Celebrate Earth Day in many different ways.


Meditation for Climate Emergency – A special Call series
The call will take place Sunday April 14 at 2:30pm Pacific
Learn about tools for maintaining balance and wellness while working to restore a safe climate. 

Fox News reporter gets live surprise by a well-informed supporter of The Green New Deal
– Daily KOS

Hot Off the Wire – 4/2/2019

Please take a moment to contact your Washington State Legislators in the table below with these important messages on legislation tomorrow and Thursday

Take action

Regional Action

HB 1112 – HFC Phase-out – Due date: 4/4/2019 – Message:

Please vote yes on HB 1112 in your Senate Ways and Means Committee.  I support this bill, which phases out the sale and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are primarily used as refrigerants, by 2024.  HFCs are extremely potent greenhouse gases with existing alternatives for their use.

HB 1578 – Oil Transport safety – Due date: 4/4/2019 – Message:

Please vote yes on HB 1578 in your Senate Ways & Means committee.  The proven oil spill prevention tools in this bill would ensure that vessels carrying crude oil in high risks areas have the same requirements as oil tankers.

Senate Ways & Means Committee Members:

Sen NameParty / LDEmail
PalumboD / 1guy.Palumbo@leg.wa.gov
BeckerR / 2randi.Becker@leg.wa.gov
BilligD / 3andy.billig@leg.wa.gov
MulletD / 5mark.Mullet@leg.wa.gov
BrownR / 8Sharon.Brown@leg.wa.gov
SchoeslerR / 9mark.Schoesler@leg.wa.gov
BaileyR / 10barbara.Bailey@leg.wa.gov
HasegawaD / 11bob.Hasegawa@leg.wa.gov
WarnickR / 13judy.Warnick@leg.wa.gov
HoneyfordR / 15jim.Honeyford@leg.wa.gov
L WilsonR / 17Lynda.Wilson@leg.wa.gov
RiversR / 18ann.Rivers@leg.wa.gov
BraunR / 20john.Braun@leg.wa.gov
LiiasD / 21marko.Liias@leg.wa.gov
HuntD / 22sam.Hunt@leg.wa.gov
RolfesD / 23christine.Rolfes@leg.wa.gov
Van De WegeD / 24kevin.VanDeWege@leg.wa.gov
DarneilleD / 27jeannie.Darneille@leg.wa.gov
ConwayD / 29steve.Conway@leg.wa.gov
KeiserD / 33 karen.Keiser@leg.wa.gov
CarlyleD / 36reuven.Carlyle@leg.wa.gov
WagonerD / 39keith.Wagoner@leg.wa.gov
PedersenD / 43jamie.Pedersen@leg.wa.gov
FrocktD / 46david.Frockt@leg.wa.gov

HB 1580 – Orca / vessel separation – Message:

Please vote yes for HB 1580 in your Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources and Parks committee.   I support this bill, which enhances Orca recovery by reducing their foraging interference by marine vessels.

Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee Members:

Sen NameParty / LDEmail
ShortR / 7shelly.Short@leg.wa.gov
WarnickR / 13judy.Warnick@leg.wa.gov
HoneyfordR / 15jim.Honeyford@leg.wa.gov
RolfesD / 23christine.Rolfes@leg.wa.gov
Van De WegeD / 24kevin.VanDeWege@leg.wa.gov
SalomonD / 32jesse.Salomon@leg.wa.gov
McCoyD / 38john.McCoy@leg.wa.gov

SB 5873 – Community Forests – Due date: 4/3/2019 – Message:

Please vote yes on SB 5873 for community forests in your House Rural Development committee.  I support this bill, which provides grant funding to local governments, tribes, and non-profits to purchase, protect, and sustainably manage important forest lands.

House Rural Development Committee Members:

Rep NameParty / LDEmail
RamosD  / 5bill.Ramos@leg.wa.gov
KretzR / 7joel.Kretz@leg.wa.gov
DyeR / 9mary.Dye@leg.wa.gov
SchmickR / 9joe.Schmick@leg.wa.gov
DentR / 13tom.Dent@leg.wa.gov
ChandlerR / 15bruce.Chandler@leg.wa.gov
J WalshR / 19Jim.Walsh@leg.wa.gov
BlakeD  / 19brian.Blake@leg.wa.gov
OrcuttR / 20ed.Orcutt@leg.wa.gov
ChapmanD  / 24mike.Chapman@leg.wa.gov
FitzgibbonD / 34joe.Fitzgibbon@leg.wa.gov
PettigrewD / 37eric.Pettigrew@leg.wa.gov
LekanoffD / 40debra.Lekanoff@leg.wa.gov
ShewmakeD / 42sharon.Shewmake@leg.wa.gov
SpringerD / 45larry.Springer@leg.wa.gov

SB 5116 – 100% Clean Electricity – Due date: 4/4/2019 – Message:

Please vote yes on E2SSB 5116 in your House Finance committee.  This bill creates landmark legislation, which is very important to me.  Please preserve target dates for coal plant shutdown by 2025 and carbon neutral electricity by 2030.  Please limit opportunities for utilities to avoid being held accountable to these dates.

House Finance Committee Members:

Rep NameParty / LDEmail
VickR / 18brandon.Vick@leg.wa.gov
OrcuttR / 20ed.Orcutt@leg.wa.gov
ChapmanD / 24mike.Chapman@leg.wa.gov
YoungR / 26jesse.Young@leg.wa.gov
StokesbaryR / 31drew.Stokesbary@leg.wa.gov
OrwallD / 33 tina.Orwall@leg.wa.gov
FrameD / 36noel.Frame@leg.wa.gov
TarletonD / 36gael.Tarleton@leg.wa.gov
MorrisD / 40jeff.Morris@leg.wa.gov
MacriD / 43nicole.Macri@leg.wa.gov
SpringerD / 45larry.Springer@leg.wa.gov
WalenD / 48amy.Walen@leg.wa.gov
WylieD / 49 sharon.Wylie@leg.wa.gov

Hot Off the Wire – 3/23/2019


A Future Without Fossil Fuels? – Bill McKibben
The New York Review of Books

“Remember the South”: Devastating Cyclone Idai Another Example of Global South Paying for Polluters – DemocracyNow! interview

Unpersuasive: Why arguing about climate change often doesn’t work – Knowable Magazine

COMIC: In the US, where political parties have increasingly staked claims on one side of the issue or the other, beliefs may be more about belonging than facts – By Andy Warner 02.05.2018

Take action

Regional Action


Sunrise Summer + Fall Fellowship Application 2019
Are you 18 to 30 years old? Motivated?

Local Group BIPOC Caucus Survey

350.org recognizes the importance of supporting and empowering BIPOC (Black Indigenous and People of Color) local group members.

Youth Climate Rally and Day of Action in Olympia on April 11!

Start your monthly support to our 2019 Fellowship for emerging climate leaders! – Sunrise Movement

Bring the Clean Buildings for Washington Act to the floor Next Week! – House Bill 1257 – Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy

“Five Proven Ways to Spur Climate Action” – a webinar
Join Caitlin Drown on Thursday, March 28th at 10 AM PT

Pass the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act
Senate Bill 5489! – Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy

4th Annual South Sound Climate Action Convention
Saturday April 13th 9 AM – 5 PM – Olympia
Thurston Climate Action and Citizen’s Climate Lobby

Can you help encourage Washington legislators to support climate action? – Climate Solutions

The consequences of spills from pipelines and tankers are borne by local communities Please contribute.

Protect Our Communities from Avoidable Train Explosions
Contact the House Environment & Energy Committee to support ESSB 5579 – League of Women Voters of Washington

Please take a moment to thank your Representatives who voted in support of HB 1110! – Washington Conservation Voters

Write a letter to defend life on Earth– Avaaz

National Action

NBC documentary short on the Sunrise Movement
Watch and donate to sustain our momentum

Urge your senators to say NO to David Bernhardt
NRDC Action Fund

Attend as an Observer the USCAN Annual Meeting
Wed, Jun 19 at 9:00 AM, in Saint Paul, MN

US Climate Action Network 2019 is accepting Observers Requests until April 3, 2019
Contact Michael Clemens for more information

RSVP for the Thought Leadership Call 
Thought Leadership for Climate Emergency
with Demond Drummer – The Climate Mobilization

Climate Change Education Act; Tell Your Senators to Support it! – The Sierra Club

Banking on Climate Change: Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card 2019 – Rainforest Action Network

Save the Arctic Refuge Before It’s Too Late – NRDC

#DefundDisaster and #ShutDownChase – National Day of Action
April 10th, Join or Host an action – 198 Methods & Action Network

Climate News

Local/Regional News

The Center for Whale Research features OCA website article

Olympic Forest Collaborative public meetings in 2019
6:30 to 8:00 PM – Full Press Release

  • March 26, 2019 (Olympic Natural Resources Center, 1455 S. Forks Avenue, Forks WA 98331)
  • April 15, 2019 (Rotary Log Pavilion, 1401 Sargent Boulevard, Aberdeen, WA 98520)
  • May 28, 2019
  • (Peninsula College, Lecture Hall J47, 1502 E. Lauridsen Boulevard, Port Angeles, WA 98362)  
The Sierra Club Washington Newsletter

National/International News

1.4 Million Students Walk Out of Class Demanding Action – DemocracyNow!

The Rapid Decline Of The Natural World Is A Crisis Even Bigger Than Climate Change

“Land degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change are three different faces of the same central challenge: the increasingly dangerous impact of our choices on the health of our natural environment.” The Huffington Post

“Water Is Life”: Midwestern Floods Threaten Indigenous Communities at Forefront of Climate Crisis – DemocracyNow! video

Climate Solutions – ClimateCast
The Latest in Clean Energy Solutions

The Australian Government’s Clean Energy Regulator has approved the first carbon credits for corporate carbon

Carbon Farmers of Australia


Movies That Teach Kids About Climate Change
Common Sense Media

Top 12 Movies About Climate Change – iMatter

This Humble Mollusk Can Save Shorelines From Rising Seas

As entire islands disappear in Chesapeake Bay, the oyster is enlisted as a first line of climate defense.


Hot Off the Wire – 3/19/2019

1,000,000 Students act in School #ClimateStrike – 350.org

Take action

Regional Action

Bipartisan Group of Legislators Backs Sustainable-Farm Bill
Carbon Washington

Help Save Endangered Orcas and Wild Salmon in Washington! – NRDC

Join a Sierra Forum: Protect the Arctic Refuge – Sierra Club
Thursday Mar 28, 2019 11:00 AM

Ask your legislators to stand up for orca recovery
in upcoming votes! – Washington Conservation Voters

Take action: Tell your Senators to pass the Oil Spill Prevention Bill >> House Bill 1578

National Action

League of Conservation Voters Scorecard 2018

House says YES on Clean Fuels; it’s your turn, Senators
Climate Solutions

Two online Non-Violent Direct Action Coaching Sessions
Thursday, March 21st and Thursday, March 28th 5 Pacific
350 & Rainforest Action Network

SIGN THE NDRC’S PETITION: Demand an end to rigged maps in states like Wisconsin

Tell your members of Congress to oppose Trump’s NAFTA deal! – Sierra Club

STOP! the Department of Energy’s attack
on Energy Efficiency Standards – NRDC

Go solar and support the Sierra Club
Get A Free Solar Savings Quote

Climate News

Local/Regional News

Washington House passes clean-fuels legislation sought by Inslee – Seattle Times

Sunshine Hub Coordinator Training in Philadelphia & event planning in DC.
Help with Food & Travel.

Washington DC Fundraiser for Mike

National/International News

Artists Declare a Climate Emergency
David Wallace-Wells joins artist and others for a panel discussion.

The House of Representatives passed the For the People Act – CNN

Climate Emergency Declarations Campaign
The Climate Mobilization

This Is How White Privilege Goes to College – Yes!


The Climate Solution Right Under Our Feet – Yes!

Orcas in Peril blog,
Drawing out the Science

Hot Off the Wire – 2/2/2019

Take action

Regional Action

Meeting for Informal Science Educators
Pasco, WA 3/12/19
Seattle, WA 3/26/19
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge 4/30/19

Endorse Earth Law for the Southern Resident Orcas and Salish Sea

Demand Real Climate Leadership from our New Congress – The Action Network

Sign Up For Climate Month! Encourage your Legislators.

National Action

What You’d Like to See In a Green New Deal – The Peoples Climate Movement

Stop Trump’s plan to drill in the Arctic Refuge – 350 Action

Please make a tax-deductible donation to NRDC to help us defend our environment in the most effective way possible.

Climate News

Local/Regional News

Bonneville Power and Power Shift – by Jim Norton

King County Council Approves Moratorium on Fossil Fuel Expansion – Sightline Institute

Family Biking: No, you don’t need an e-bike (but you’d love having one)

National/International News

Let’s keep the Green New Deal grounded in science – MIT Technology Review

Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants – The Los Angeles Times

NOAA’s Brilliant Response To Trumps Climate Tweet – Forbes

What is the polar vortex – and how is it linked to climate change? – The Guardian

Democrats Killed the Green New Deal – CounterPunch

The Democrats Are Climate Deniers – Jacobin


Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) – The scoop on Climate Change