This years Washington State Legislative Workshop was a bit of a downer for me, but after follow up with some organizers I feel more hopeful.
The bad part was that the representatives who were there to speak on behalf of the environment were mostly concerned with securing transportation funds (2 billion $) this legislative session and flatly stated that there would be no band width to talk about Climate Change. Though one legislator said he opposed the Coal trains, he also said… Continue
Added by Arvia Morris on February 3, 2013 at 8:39am —
Happy New Year Everyone,
Yesterday was the Environmental Priorities Coalition Legislative Workshop in preparation for Environmental Lobby Day January 25th. http://environmentallobbyday.eventbrite.com/
As usual it was well organized and well attended with a turnout of about 200-250 people. It is nice to see the turn out given the magnitude of what is going on! Continue
2012 will be a--defensive year. Due to budget…
Added by Arvia Morris on January 9, 2012 at 7:11am —
Dear Friend (posted by Arvia Morris from Fuse email),
There’s an important election for a low-profile office going on now, and the winner will be decided by a few hundred votes.
The King Conservation District (KCD) - run by a five-member Board of Supervisors - manages…
Added by Arvia Morris on March 10, 2011 at 4:25pm —
What is the best way to kick off 2011 with the new congress, seemingly intractable squabbling at every level of public discourse and the tragedy in Tucson? Lester Brown's summary of the current grain price increases is challenging but refreshing in that it might just get us to focus on what the real issues are.
http://www.earth-policy.org/plan_b_updates/2011/update90 it is about 1… Continue
Added by Arvia Morris on January 16, 2011 at 10:14am —
Added by Arvia Morris on September 11, 2010 at 10:00pm —
It has been pretty discouraging that the Senate has dropped the ball yet again on Global Warming, but that does not mean the problem has gone away or that our engagement is not needed.…
Added by Arvia Morris on August 29, 2010 at 12:00pm —
Added by Arvia Morris on July 24, 2010 at 11:00am —
Go round of what we have done in the last month on behalf of climate action.
Washington state legislature summary 2010.
The results from the extended session were not known at the time of our meeting, but since then recaps from different groups have become available. My favorite one is from the Sierra club:
With a $2 billion budget shortfall, the 2010 Legislature focused its efforts on cutting spending, raising revenue (taxes), and cutting tax exemptions.… Continue
Added by Arvia Morris on May 2, 2010 at 12:47pm —
For 67 long days, thousands of you have been working to keep the landmark Clean Water Act of 2010 (aka Working for Clean Water) moving forward. Together, we've mobilized our friends, families and neighbors to build momentum for this critical clean water and jobs bill.
And we're almost there.
But here's the thing about this special legislative session we're in right now: if we let our guard down, the work of the last 67 days slips away. I know you don't want to let that… Continue
Added by Arvia Morris on March 18, 2010 at 4:30pm —
What a night, the day after listening to Martin Luther King Jr on NPR and feeling so inspired, the memories of a year ago, going to parties to celebrate Barak Obama's election etc.... Massachusetts!!! Ted Kennedy's seat! So so sad and frustrating.
Anyway here we are, our jobs just got a little harder. This is definitely one of those times when things are just not going my way and I am feeling angry and frustrated. At these times I have learned to hunker down and keep going and… Continue
Added by Arvia Morris on January 20, 2010 at 6:00pm —
Reduce YOUR Carbon Footprint and Save $$$$$!
1st Caculate your carbon foot at: www.empowermentinstitute.net/lcd
2nd Set C02 reduction goal and take action to reduce your foot print and save $$$$.
Transportation: C02 savings per year
Plan errands for 1 trip not many –reduce miles by 20% 450 to 4000 lbs a year!--FREE
Annual car tune up & maintain air pressure in tires 1500 lbs per year-
Buy a more… Continue
Added by Arvia Morris on January 20, 2010 at 5:51pm —
Arvia Morris, Lynn Fitz-Hugh, Chuck Lare, James Williams
1) Outreach brain storming, Carbon Salon anyone?
After reporting back from the 350 events (see below) we spent most of the meeting talking about how to reach out to our friends and relatives who are concerned about climate but not activists at this point.
We all agree that more education is necessary for more people to become committed to working for a climate change agenda. We thought… Continue
Added by Arvia Morris on November 15, 2009 at 9:07pm —
Just a quick congradulatons to everyone for getting out and voting and asking your friends to vote in this past election. Due to your hard efforts King County and Seattle have great leadership for creating a sustianable future. State wide, Washington State has rejected a ballot measure that would have severely undercut our efforts to educate ourselves and maintian our natural endowment. And is it not great to live an a state that recognizes everyones civil… Continue
Added by Arvia Morris on November 7, 2009 at 4:30pm —
A new study has come out which descibes the impacts of Climate Change region by region. Check out the page: http://research.yale.edu/environment/climate/
Towards the top this link has a button to watch a tv interview about it – it is about 10 minutes and is very good. It also looks like on this page that it maybe possible to download it free – the study. It is actually an associated book: A Climate for Change that describes how each region will be effected.
Added by Arvia Morris on October 17, 2009 at 4:28pm —
Boxer-Kerry Senate Climate bill
Over all this is considered a good bill and is endorsed by many environmental groups. It undoes some of the bad measures in the house bill such as stripping the enforcement power of the EPA with coal power plants. see one sky summary http://www.1sky.org/files/1sky-kerry-boxer-bill-analysis-10-8-09.pdf
It has a big emphasis on green jobs and technology. This the heart of the issue for the US. Are we going to be defining 21st century energy… Continue
Added by Arvia Morris on October 17, 2009 at 4:24pm —
Northwest Power and Conservation Council is accepting public comments on their energy plan for the next 20years. PUBLIC COMMENTS DUE NOVEMBER 6th.
While the plan does hold C02 emissions at the current level for the next 20years, it does not include a plan for reduction of C02. They say that to including reductions in their plans would hurt the poor. Our position is that the poor will be hurt the most by climate change, thus mitigating it with the development of renewable energy and… Continue
Added by Arvia Morris on October 17, 2009 at 4:22pm —
What can we do:
1) Contact our Senators and ask for these three changes to American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES):
--Require power companies to produce more clean energy
--Restore authority to the EPA to crack down on global warming from power plants
--Reduce giveaways to polluting industries in order to bolster green job development and protect vulnerable communities.
Added by Arvia Morris on July 25, 2009 at 4:40pm —
Check me out in the new T-shirt put together by the Climate Action Network of Sustainable Wallingford (see photo).
If you would like to order one (two or 20), please let me know. If I can get an order for 100 shirts, they will only be $7.00 a shirt. The T-shirt is a way to bring up the topic of Global Climate Change without having to introduce the topic verbally. Share the T-shirt as a gift with family and friends. It is very comfortable at picnics, hiking,… Continue
Added by Arvia Morris on July 25, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Please see the link below for an analysis of the Waxman-Markey bill. It is writtten by Alan During head of Seattle's Sightline Instiute which among other things, researches sustainablity solutions for the Cascadia region.
Link to Sightline web site: http://www.sightline.org/about
Added by Arvia Morris on July 25, 2009 at 4:21pm —
The exciting news is that Jim McDermott has decided to support the American Clean Energy and Security Act. This is my take on the matter: For me it is critical that Obama have something on the ground that demonstrates a sincere effort on the part of the US to move forward on climate. The President needs this by December for the international Climage Conference in Copenhagen a key chance for the US to show leadership on global climate change. Laws can be changed if they are not achieving their… Continue
Added by Arvia Morris on June 25, 2009 at 10:05pm —