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The DNC platform is being improved!

Thanks to you, the DNC platform is being improved! At the end of a long day of amendments, hearings, and markups, we’re pleased to report that most of the amendments supported by Climate Hawks Vote folk like you have been approved!

Here’s a sampling of the amendments where your public support made a difference:

We won a commitment to 1.5 degrees! Perhaps the single most important amendment, where we collaborated closely with the DNC Climate Council, this language reflects science, the Paris Agreement, and equity among nations. The language: “Democrats will immediately rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, commit the United States to doing its fair share and leading the world in the effort to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and convene a world summit aimed at new and more ambitious global targets to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.”

We’ve added climate finance language, building upon bills proposed by Congressional climate hawks Elizabeth Warren and Sean Casten. The platform now includes this language: “Democrats recognize that climate change poses serious risks to the economy and the financial system. We will require public companies to disclose climate risks and greenhouse gas emissions in their operations and supply chains.”

We added #ExxonKnew language: “We will hold polluters and corporate executives accountable for intentionally hiding or distorting material information and for affecting the health and safety of workers and communities.”

We’ve succeeded in adding in fossil fuel language and a pledge to end their subsidies! Although an early draft of the platform only mentioned “fossil fuels” once, the new platform adds, twice: “Democrats support eliminating tax breaks and subsidies for fossil fuels, and will fight to defend and extend tax incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy.”

And we’ve won a small victory on electric cars. The Biden campaign rejected our main request for a sunset on gasoline-powered car sales. However, the campaign acknowledged a point we’ve hammered on social and earned media: the increased domestic manufacturing base envisioned by the platform must be in service of electric vehicles.

Thanks again to the thousands of Climate Hawks Vote folk who’ve signed last week’s petition and engaged with the important work of the DNC Climate Council. Your voices made a huge difference in negotiations. 

Anything that you can chip in fuels the next phase of this critical work.  And yes, there will be a next phase.

Your fellow climate hawk (and DNC member-elect),

RL Miller

P.S. The final platform hasn’t been compiled yet, but here’s the original draft, the “manager mark” of agreed-upon amendments, and a separate package of 18 amendments getting votes (not all passed).

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OCA members have their say

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:

Cindy Jayne in the Port Townsend Leader

Diane Lombardo in the Peninsula Daily News

Robert Sextro in the Peninsula Daily News

Dan Burdick in the Peninsula Daily News

Bob Vreeland in the Peninsula Daily News

Pat Milliren in the Peninsula Daily News

Judy d’Amore in the Peninsula Daily News

Melinda Gelder in the Peninsula Daily News

Clallam County Commissioner:

Jerry Estberg vs. Bill Peach on climate

Clallam County Public Utility District:

Paul Hansen for Jim Waddell

Richard deBusman for Jim Waddell

Carrol Hull for Jim Waddell

Brian Grad on embracing the future

R.I.P. Oil, Coal and Gas

The Midterms Have the Power to Usher in an Era of Climate Action

Trump and the fossil fuel lobby can stall for time. But change is coming faster than you think. ALEX STEFFEN

How you can help 1631 NOW

From 350.org:
  1. Sign up for a shift to knock doors or make phone calls near you with other Yes on 1631 volunteers — find the next event here. (If you can sign up for a volunteer shift, this is where the campaign needs you most!)
  2. Sign up here to call voters from the comfort of your home.
  3. Join us in texting voters. Sign up for a texting shift here.
  4. Spread the word by emailing your friends using Voter Circle, a simple tool that lets you send personalized messages to friends who are registered to vote in Washington.

Poll: 1631 has Big Oil on the ropes!

This Elway poll has some good news for making carbon polluters accountable:


This poll shows that:
1) I-1631 is leading among voters, and it’s clear that Washingtonians don’t trust big oil despite their $21 million in fancy advertising.
2) This election is going to be close, but we CAN win and defeat big oil and their money.
3) Undecided voters will come down to who they trust, and every conversation we have with our neighbors, our friends, and at the doors we knock on is essential to help us win.
This is a moment for us all to step up.  We have a lot of work to do in the next 25 days to connect with voters and remind them of the vision we all share for this state. With your help and all of our hard work, we can do this!

We can’t do this without YOU. Here are some of the ways you can help: 

Volunteer door knock – It is powerful democracy in action!  Big Oil is already spending more than $20 million to defeat us, but we have the Power of the People.  Please sign up for a shift here.

Calling voters who might need a nudge to vote – this is a huge priority for the campaign, and we need lots of help. We need to ensure these registered voters turn in their ballots. Here is the link for you to schedule yourself for a phonebanking shift (Human-to-human calls are a very powerful tool!) Here is the link to our dialer toolkit.  If you want to call from downtown Seattle this link has all of Washington Environmental Council’s phone banks for 1631, Sunday-Thursday.

Texting – We are doing texts to help Get Out The Vote. You can sign up for a texting shift here.

Small Business Endorsements -Do you know a small business owner you can ask? Maybe your favorite coffee shop? If you get a yes, be sure to fill out this form and we can get them a sign for their window.

If you want to help in a more substantial way by volunteering full or part time for the campaign, let me know! Or if you can host an organizer from out of town, please sign up here.

Go here to learn more about the YES on 1631 campaign, and its endorsers.

We Can. We Must. We Will!

Candidate forums available online

Candidate Forum videos are going up on Peninsula Area Public Access’s YouTube channel as they become available. If you have not had a chance to see the candidates speak in person, check these out! Here is a link where you can check periodically to see when one a new comes online:

Peninsula Area Public Access – YouTube

Primary ballots went into the mail today!

Ask your candidates about climate

With primary election season coming around, it’s time to exercise your democratic muscles and get involved! One way is to inform yourself (and others) about the candidates’ views on climate change and what to do about it. As has been noted elsewhere on this site, individual acts of conscience will simply not be sufficient to avert a catastrophic climate crisis in the coming decades; therefore we must muster the political will to take collective action, and that is what politics is supposed to be about.

Questions to ask local candidates about climate

League of Women Voters candidate forums: July 16 in Port Angeles; July 18 in Forks

League of Women Voters candidate forum in Port Ludlow: Wednesday, July 18, 6-8 p.m. will bring together candidates for Jefferson County Commissioner, District 3: Greg Brotherton, Jon Cooke, Ryan McAllister and Craig Durgan at the Beach Club at Port Ludlow, 121 Marina View Drive .

Many civic groups, such as Norwester Rotary, the Port Angeles Business Association, and the American Association of University Women, also sponsor candidate forums–check their social media for schedules.

Vote!  Our future depends on it!

Paul Krugman makes clear how crucial this election is to the fate of our climate.  He’s talking at the national level, but that’s true at all levels.

OCA endorses these state initiatives:

I-732 would put a tax on carbon that would be balanced by reductions in other state taxes plus a Working Families Tax Rebate.

I-735 would put Washington state on record as calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution overturning Citizens United and reducing the power of money in politics.

I-1464 would implement a number of state reforms to level the playing field for candidates and increase transparency in campaign contributions.

OCA doesn’t endorse candidates, but we encourage people to study candidates’ views on climate:

Presidential candidates’ views on climate change

State and local races:  the League of Women Voters’ Vote 411 provides a guide to candidates’ positions, including on climate.

Clallam County Commissioner:  a question about climate change was posed during the League of Women Voters debate.

Jefferson County races:  several forums are collected here.

Support I-1464 for clean elections

OCA has taken a position in favor of state Initiative 1464, a reform of state campaign finance and lobbying laws.  One root cause of climate change is the undue influence of money in politics, so by limiting that influence, we hope to rein in climate change too.  From the Yes on 1464 website:

Big money interests and lobbyists have far too much control over our political system.

People across Washington have voiced their support for I-1464 because they want to return power over the state’s government where it belongs — with Washington voters.

I-1464 reforms the campaign finance system to:

  • Require transparency in lobbying and campaigns by forcing political ads to include information about who is really paying for them.
  • Crack down on coordination between candidates and SuperPACs.
  • Bar lobbyists and public contractors from making big contributions to candidates they are trying to influence.
  • Stop the revolving door of government officials taking jobs as lobbyists as they leave office.
  • Strengthen enforcement of ethics and campaign finance laws, and impose stiffer penalties for violating them.
  • Let you decide if you want to direct state funds to a candidate of your choice.
  • Give every voter across the state a stronger voice by making politicians focus on smaller donations from regular people instead of big donors and special interests.

Our political system is broken, but you can start fixing it. Let’s stand together for transparency, accountability, and limiting the influence of big money and lobbyists. Vote yes on I-1464 and take back control of your government. 

POTUS candidates on climate change

from sciencedebate.org

Climate Change

The Earth’s climate is changing and political discussion has become divided over both the science and the best response. What are your views on climate change, and how would your administration act on those views? Continue reading

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OCA endorses these state initiatives:

I-732–a revenue-neutral carbon tax

I-735–calling for a constitutional amendment to enable better regulation of campaign finance

The candidates on climate

Ballots to be mailed Oct. 14

Here are the candidates for Clallam County Commissioner speaking on climate change:

League of Women Voters

Port Angeles Rotary Club

PA Chamber of Commerce

County Commissioner candidate debate

League of Women Voters Candidates Forum
Sunday July 12
Shipley Center,  921 E Hammond St, Sequim
1.00 PM  – 3.45 PM

Candidates for Clallam County Commissioner  District 1
Jim McEntire, Mark Ozias, Bryan D. Frazier

Please Vote in the Primary Election     August 4
Ballots Mailed Out on July 15

Tuesday’s election will help determine our climate future

Below are two action requests related to Tuesday’s election, which will influence the course for climate action (or inaction) at the federal level.

From Environment America:

If we don’t do more in the next few days, politicians who deny the science behind climate change and want to dismantle EPA programs will win control of the U.S. Congress.[1][2]

That’s why we decided to get involved in this election. And with only a few days to go, we’re pulling out all the stops. Can you chip in today?

Yes, I’ll chip in to keep anti-science, anti-environmental politicians from taking control of Congress.

Imagine Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader. He’s the coal industry’s best friend in Washington — and McConnell already has said he’ll risk shutting down the government to force President Obama to back off on clean water and global warming.[3]

Whether Sen. McConnell gains this power depends on what happens in a few key states, where environmental champions are in danger of losing to candidates who pooh-pooh climate science, demonize the EPA, and pledge allegiance to the oil industry.[4][5]

We’re putting more organizers on the ground to educate and turn out voters on these issues in the last crucial days. But honestly, we need all the help we can get and we need it now.

Yes, I’ll make a donation. On November 5, we’ll focus 100% on the advocacy and grassroots action we’re known best for. Until then, we’re doing all we can to keep those who want to take our environment in the wrong direction from taking more power in Washington.

I hope you join us.

Margie Alt
Environment America and Environment America Voter Action

[1]”First On 2014 Congressional Agenda: Dismantle EPA Protections That Save Lives”, DeSmog Blog, Jan. 14, 2014.
[2] “Midterm elections’ impact on U.S. energy, environment agenda,” Bakken.com, October 30, 2014.
[3]“McConnell’s plan to shut down Obama,” Politico, August 20, 2014.
[4]“GOP candidates straddle the climate change issue,” Sacramento Bee, October 25, 2014.
[5]“GOP Congress would likely push back on EPA rules,” Real Clear Politics, October 16, 2014.

And this from 350.org:

For the first time in a long time, climate change is a key issue in many of the races that will be decided on Tuesday. Your voice really matters.

Here are two things you can do:

1) Pledge to vote for climate action, and tell your friends to do the same. The climate movement can make a difference in this election — if we turn out in force.

The impacts of climate change get more dramatic by the day, and the influence of the fossil fuel industry continues to warp our ability to see real solutions. But the climate movement is starting to be a force to be reckoned with. Usually we send you emails asking you to join marches, sit ins, trainings, or rallies. We believe those are vital ways of demonstrating and growing power — and we believe that voting is another crucial tool.

2) Help South Dakota’s No KXL coalition swing the Senate.

That’s right: there’s one local race that could have a huge impact nationally — and you have an opportunity to be part of it now, no matter where you live. In the last couple of weeks, we got word from our allies in South Dakota that the race for Senate there is way closer than people think. Rick Weiland has come out strong against the Keystone XL pipeline and in favor of climate action. It turns out his progressive, anti-Keystone message is resonating with voters across the state, and especially with tribal leaders who have played a crucial role in the resistance against KXL.

Right now, there’s a Native-led grassroots coalition called “Lakota Vote” working to turn out record numbers of people through an eleventh-hour grassroots campaign in Lakota Sioux communities. Native American votes could decide the race in South Dakota this year, and a win in South Dakota could swing the Senate against Keystone.

This year’s election will determine the political playing field during a period when our democracy must grapple with one of the most dangerous and complex threats we’ve ever faced. We don’t have much time to act on climate, and these next few years are a precious window. November 4th could determine whether that window opens or closes.

And for a bit of analysis:

Could a Republican Senate derail Obama’s climate agenda?

ClimateWire | Nathanael Massey

With only a week to go before the 2014 midterm elections, polling from key battleground states indicates a small but widening advantage for Republicans. A six-seat net gain in the Senate would put both chambers of Congress under GOP control, uniting the two houses in opposition to many of the hallmark policies of the Obama presidency, including rules to curb carbon emissions from the nation’s power sector.

Whether a Republican Senate could seriously imperil the president’s Climate Action Plan, as the party’s leadership has promised to do, is another matter. Both House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have indicated in the past several months that climate regulation proposed by U.S. EPA, and specifically the Clean Power Plan (CPP), would be a prime target if Republicans gain control of the Senate. Both responded to the CPP’s proposal in early June by proposing legislation to curb or weaken the rule, although those proposals died in the Senate.

But even if Republicans take the Senate next week, the leadership’s ambitions will likely run up against the basic math of the legislative process. If Republicans pick up the six seats they need to gain control of the Senate, they’ll still be shy of the three-fifths majority needed to override filibusters by Democrats.

And while enough coal-state Democrats might conceivably be swayed across the aisle to beat a filibuster on climate regulation, “it’s hard to think of a plausible scenario where you end up with a [two-thirds] supermajority” needed to override a presidential veto, said Nathan Richardson, an assistant professor at the South Carolina School of Law.

Election 2014:  Forward or backward on climate?

Probably the most important thing you can do right now to protect us from climate chaos is to get involved in this year’s elections; OCA does not have an endorsement policy, but here are some ideas for your consideration:

Whatcom County votes against coal export

In a council election unlike any other in the history of Whatcom County, voters sided with representatives believed to be against a proposed coal export facility.   READ MORE »