Actions of the Week – July 2, 2017

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  1. CARBON FREE PSE – URGE PSE TO RETIRE ALL COAL UNITS AT COLSTRIP
  2. NO METHANOL REFINERY  – CONTACT GOV. INSLEE
  3. ACTION IN SUPPORT OF PUBLIC LANDS IN WASHINGTON STATE
  4. UNTIL JULY 10: Protect National Monuments and the Antiquities Act by submitting comments to the Department of the Interior Open Public Comment Docket.
  5. REGIONAL EVENTS
  6. A RESOURCE NOT TO BE MISSED!
  7. Let’s Help Each Other!

DETAILS BELOW:

1-CARBON FREE PSE – HELP CLOSE ONE OF THE LAST DIRTY COAL PLANTS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

Contact PSE CEO Kimberly Harris and urge her to put the two remaining coal units at Colstrip on a path to retirement and provide a plan for replacing the current coal strip facilities with 100 percent renewable energy sources – and not natural gas.  PSE Customers Take Action Here.

Support the #CarbonFreePSE Campaign. “Puget Sound Energy is the owner of the Colstrip coal plant in Eastern Montana. the largest single source of carbon pollution in the Northwest and the eight-largest carbon pollutor in the U.S.  PSE will retire 2 coal units by 2022, the utility plans to operate another 2 units until 2035.”

Take Action

Background:

If PSE builds new fossil fuel foundation for its electricity service area and locks in over 1 million Washington residents into decades of dirty, climate-disrupting energy sources like coal or natural gas, they’ll prevent Washington from reaching its emission reduction targets.  By getting off coal and investing in clean energy, PSE can ensure Washington’s continued standing as a leader in sustainability and create thousands of green jobs in the state and throughout the Northwest.” (from Climate Reality Project Bellevue training)

“As with other aging coal plants across the West, mounting environmental cleanup costs and the dropping price of cleaner energy sources have made Colstrip economically uncompetitive. Talen Energy, the plant’s operator, recently told the Montana state legislature that the company was losing close to $30 million a year operating the plant.”

“PSE agreed last year to retire two of the four coal-fired units by no later than 2022 but has yet to commit to a retirement date or transition plan for the final two units, of which it owns 25 percent. King County, which makes up more than half PSE’s customer base, has called for no coal-fired power past 2025. PSE’s fossil fuel-heavy energy mix recently led the utility’s largest corporate customer, Microsoft, to bypass PSE to secure its own clean energy. Nearly 70 percent of PSE’s customer base has indicated through their elected city or county councils that they don’t want any more coal. Despite customer demand and market forces quickly making coal obsolete, PSE plans to charge ratepayers for debt payments on the plant through 2035 and has no set date for retirement.” Puget Sound Energy negotiating coal contract extension. (Sierra Club)

Links:

2-TELL GOVERNOR INSLEE TO OPPOSE THE KALAMA METHANOL REFINERY

Contact Gov. Inslee and ask for the evidence to back up the claim that this giant methanol plant would be part of the region’s clean-energy future.

Write
Governor Jay Inslee
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002

e-Message
Send Gov. Inslee an e-message

Call
360-902-4111
TTY/TDD users should contact the Washington Relay Service at 711 or 1-800-833-6388.

Fax
360-753-4110

Then sign this petition or submit a personalized comment here.

Background:
Arguments against:

Methanol comes at a high cost. Sometimes pitched as green, there is no evidence to support the project’s hype of environmental responsibility. In fact, the plants that produce it require massive amounts of energy and water, even as they spew out wastewater and heavy metals and fill the air with toxic and climate-destabilizing pollution. Sightline.org

From Sightline Institute’s By the Numbers:
  • Toxic air pollution with five times more diesel particulate pollution.
  • Steam plumes would be longer than Mt. St. Helens’ height 1/4 of the time.
  • The risks of building on ground that has a moderate to high risk of liquefying in an earthquake
  • The Kalama methanol refinery would consume 320 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.
  • The feeder pipeline would require seizing private land, including an easement across a historic cemetery.
  • The refinery would use 5 million gallons of water per day.
More:
  • Fracked gas is just another dirty fossil fuel.  Reject the term “natural gas” and instead call it “fracked gas” from an extraction process that injects large quantities of ground water and chemicals into the ground causing contaminated ground water and air pollution.
  • Keep the Columbia River healthy for salmon and steelhead.

3-ACTION IN SUPPORT OF PUBLIC LANDS IN WASHINGTON STATE:

Snohomish, Chelan, Skagit, Okanogan County Residents – Contact your Commissioners and tell them public lands are not private property and to terminate their relationship with the American Stewards of Liberty, a group affiliated with the Koch brothers and the “County Supremacy” Movement.

BACKGROUND:

On April 24 County Commissioners from Skagit, Chelan, Okanogan and Snohomish Counties held a meeting with the American Stewards of Liberty in pursuit of local control over federal lands. This group is affiliated with American Lands Council (Koch brothers), advocates of transferring federal land to state ownership. If you are a resident of one of these counties, urge your commissioners to terminate their relationship with with ASL.

Learn about the “County Supremacy” movement.

Remember the 2014 Bundy’s standoff in Nevada? The occupation at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon? – same affiliation…)

4-BEFORE JULY 10: PROTECT OUR NATIONAL MONUMENTS – SUBMIT COMMENTS TO THE DEPT. OF THE INTERIOR PUBLIC COMMENT DOCKET.

Public comment period open for Interior Department’s National Monuments Review until July 10, 2017. Click here to submit: Review of Certain National Monuments Established Since 1996. Need ideas and information about the 27 Monuments under threat?

Needs some ideas on what to write?  We’ve got you covered! Check out IWEN’s Protect Antiquities USA – Our Treasure, Our Future Monument Series for detailed sample comments scripts for nearly every one of the 27 monuments that are threatened by the new administration.

Submit comments early and often! Your voice matters!’

5-REGIONAL EVENT

When you’re in the neighborhood…
  • Mount Vernon- Grizzly Bear Program: Grizzly Bears, their restoration to the North Cascades Ecosystem and threats to the integrity of federal lands in Skagit County. WHEN: July 19, 2017. Where: Padilla Bay Interpretive Center, 10441 Bayview-Edison Road, Mount Vernon. Sponsored by: Indivisible Skagit, Skagit Audubon, Protect Skagit, Conservation Northwest, National Parks Conservation Association. Click here for more details.

6-A RESOURCE NOT TO BE MISSED!

Dr. Katherine Hayhoe on how to talk about climate change:

7-Let’s Help Each Other! Submit local and regional actions by July 13 to be included in the July 16 Newsletter!

email: indivisible wa enviro at gmail dot com

 

 

 

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