Parts per million–the only politics that matters

Washington Roll Call regarding HB 1091 (Clean Fuels Standard)

— Washington Roll Call, Kitsap Sun (source: WashingtonVotes.org), 7 Mar. 2021, Print.

Who voted recently to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
     Rep. Tara Simmons (Bremerton), D
     Rep. Drew Hansen (Bainbridge Island), D

Who voted against reducing greenhouse gas emissions?
     Rep. Michelle Caldier (Port Orchard), R
     Rep. Jesse Young (Gig Harbor), R
     Rep. Dan Griffey (Allyn), R
     Rep. Drew MacEwen (Union), R

The climate crisis continues marching at us, and parts per million is the only politics that matters.

America Is All In webinar (notes from)

At a 19 Feb. 2021 webinar, American climate leaders from many spheres of influence announced the launching of America Is All In. They talked of the climate actions that have occurred at the subnational level (cities, states, towns) during the last four years, and they projected the climate actions that will occur, now reinforced by federal engagement and with America having rejoined the Paris Climate Accord.

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Washington State University—Kitsap Extension newsletter

WSU Kitsap Extension publishes an outstanding newsletter with monthly notices of conservation-related education programs, citizen science,  and volunteer opportunities. To get on that newsletter, please contact Amy Smalley at amy.smalley@wsu.edu.

Port Gamble Master Plan meeting on 16 Mar. 2021

  • When: 16 Mar. 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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Electric Cars– the time is now

Per my blog posting yesterday (21 Feb. 2021), Washington State Attorney General Bill Ferguson (who I respect very much), says that Clean Cars 2030 (the bill mandating that all new cars in Washington from 2030 onward be electric) would not survive a court challenge. A counter argument is that we now live in a new world where climate change and mass extinction are proceeding relentlessly and that we need to (and in fact scientists are screaming at us to do so) think boldly and dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. As the Kitsap Sun opinion piece by Charlie Michel (referenced below) says: now is the time for electric vehicles, and we now have the technology to covert from gas cars to electric cars.  

Given the relentless climb of parts per million CO2, with all the terrible consequences that entails, we can’t afford not to switch.

— Charlie Michel, “Changing the status quo on what we drive,” Kitsap Sun, 19 Feb. 2021, Web, Changing the status quo on what we drive; “Transition time for electric vehicles,” Kitsap Sun, 21 Feb. 2021, Print, 2C.

     Michel says that–despite what the naysayers say–the time to switch from gas vehicles to electric vehicles has come. As a retired petroleum engineer, he’s witnessed first-hand how dirty petroleum is, from getting it out of the ground to using it in our cars. He points out that we did not have electric cars to replace gas cars in the past, but technology has advanced, and now we do. For the climate, the environment, and for species, we must switch—and now we can. He observes that the two drags to us doing what needs to be done is the inertia of us choosing to do what’s always been done—which is to use gas cars–and secondly, the resistance by the fossil fuel industry, which wants to delay losing its very profitable business.

Just at the tobacco industry was able to delay by thirty years general acceptance by the public that smoking causes cancer (so as to prolong that industry’s profits), so too does the fossil-fuel industry strive to delay our conversion away from fossil fuels.

Regarding the proposed gas car ban (House Bill 1024 and Senate Bill 5256)

Hal Bernton, “Washington state’s proposed ban on registration of new gas passenger cars prompts pushback from attorney general,” Seattle Times, 9 Feb. 2021, Web, Washington State’s proposed ban on gas cars–pusback from the state’s attorney general

[22 Feb. 2021 addendum: Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson (whom I respect very much) says that Clean Cars 2030 would not withstand a court challenge. As a counterargument, please see the blog posted 22 Feb. 2021 titled: electric cars—the time is now.]

Federal greenlight of industrial shellfish aquaculture unlawful

Industrial aquaculture has been inexorably replacing shoreline habitat in Washington State, aided and abetted by an Army Corps of Engineers blanket approval (Nationwide Permit 48) of most shellfish aquaculture facilities, thereby adding to the death of the Salish Sea by a thousand cuts.

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Youth Misinformed

Abirami Subramanian, a 14-year-old sophomore at West Sound Academy in Poulsbo, teamed up with students Serena Griffin, Cambria Bartlett, and Mercy Gilniy to create an award-winning documentary about how our education system fails to adequately teach youth about the environment and the health of our planet. In the documentary, Abi and her colleagues (with guidance by teacher Nisa Frank) suggest that a solution to the lack of education about our planet’s health—and an antidote to misinformation—is project-based learning. Watch the documentary and feel inspired about the upcoming generation.
     To see the nine-minute documentary, Youth Misinformed, please go to https://myhero.com/youth-misinformed

[Note: I learned about the documentary from the article: Steven Powell, “Poulsbo student wins 3 awards for environmental film,” North Kitsap Herald, 5 Feb. 2021, Print, 5.]

E-testimony to the House Transportation Committee about Clean Cars 2030 (HB 1204)

E-testimony that I sent 8 Feb. 2021 to the House Transportation Committee (Reps. Jake Fey, Sharon Wylie, Dan Bronoske, and Rill Ramos urging a yes vote on HB 1204 (Clean Cars 2030).

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