At the direction of our membership at our February 3 meeting, OCA sent letters to Governor Inslee, our District 24 State Representatives, and Rep. Derek Kilmer about both the necessity and feasibility of breaching the lower 4 Snake River Dams this year. Nothing would prevent this from happening if we recognized the true dire straits our Southern Resident Orcas are in, and none of the recommendations of the Governor’s Orca Task Force would have as immediate and beneficial an impact as this one thing. Here’s the letter we sent to Gov. Inslee: OCA to Inslee 2-15-19
And here’s a letter being hand-delivered by our friends at the North Olympic Orca Pod to Rep. Derek Kilmer on Feb. 27: NOOP to Kilmer 2-27-19
Story in Crosscut
State Democrats are confident they’ll pass the $268 million clean energy plan.
He suggested more efficient hydroelectric dams and grids, a lot more electric cars, and four electric-hybrid ferries. A decade or more from now, he said, there should be a high-speed rail line from Vancouver, B.C., to Seattle to Portland. There was more, as the governor detailed one of the highest priorities of his proposed budget.
Governor Inslee proposes plan to limit carbon emissions
Declaring it “time for polluters to pay their fair share,” Gov. Jay Inslee just proposed a sweeping new cap-and-trade system that would cut carbon emissions while generating $1 billion a year for schools, transportation projects and low-income tax rebates. Our state is already feeling the impacts of global warming pollution including record-breaking forest fires, the acidification of our waters, and the loss of critical snow pack needed to ensure adequate water supplies to Olympic Peninsula communities.
Olympic Climate Action supports a carbon tax people’s initiative scheduled to begin gathering signatures early next year. But we also support Governor Inslee’s efforts to get us on the path towards meeting our legislative goals, while helping to support our schools, assist low income families, and update our infrastructure.
The Governor’s proposal requires action by our legislature, and we are asking you to take a minute and let them know that you support his proposal. The Washington Environmental Council has a convenient website for doing this quickly:
Contact your legislators and tell them to act on climate!