Taking Climate and Environmental Action

At this time every year, Washington State’s legislature is busy, and laws are being made which will affect our climate future and our environment. Fortunately, here in Washington, we have environmental groups that track the content and progress of bills and that make recommendations to residents about how to contact their Senators and Representatives regardingContinue reading “Taking Climate and Environmental Action”

Washington State’s Climate Action Plan

Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State just released his Climate Strategic Agenda. It’s a detailed plan to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Washington State, to transform our state to a clean energy economy, and to employ people in executing the transformation. You can read the well-done and graphical brief by going to< https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-climate-package-2022 >Continue reading “Washington State’s Climate Action Plan”

Washington State’s Salmon Recovery Plan

Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State recently announced his salmon recovery proposals for 2022.     You can read the proposals by going to < https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-salmon-recovery-proposals-2022 > and then clicking on the link “salmon recovery proposals for the 2022 legislative session”. Other recent salmon-recovery related headlines:  – Lynda V. Mapes, “Fish passage, dam removal studied as SeattleContinue reading “Washington State’s Salmon Recovery Plan”

Governor Jay Inslee and the Nez Perce’s Shannon Wheeler at the 14. Oct. Washington Conservation Voters Gathering (virtual) of Environmental Champions to talk about the lower Snake River dams

The following information and the above picture is from https://wcvoters.org/news/governor-inslee-joins-wcvs-gathering-of-champions-on-october-14th/ (accessed 12 Oct. 2021): “Governor Jay Inslee will join Shannon Wheeler, Vice Chairman of Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee in a special discussion hosted by WCV CEO Alyssa Macy at WCV’s Gathering of Environmental Champions.     “Don’t miss this conversation between two Washington state leaders aboutContinue reading “Governor Jay Inslee and the Nez Perce’s Shannon Wheeler at the 14. Oct. Washington Conservation Voters Gathering (virtual) of Environmental Champions to talk about the lower Snake River dams”

Say No to Commercial Air Tours over Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park

I love the national parks, and I agree that they are America’s Best Idea. I greatly appreciate the tough but wonderful job that the National Park Service does. It pains me to hear of the current proposal to start commercial overflights of Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and other parks. Planes and helicoptersContinue reading “Say No to Commercial Air Tours over Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park”

A commercial aquaculture facility will be built in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

I’d written a letter to the Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands and to the Department of Natural Resources in which I’d objected to a commercial aquaculture facility being built in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge(see https://michaelmaddoxconservation.com/2021/08/17/dont-build-aquaculture-in-the-dungeness-national-wildlife-refuge/). I received an email letter of reply on 20 August (pasted below) stating that approval has been givenContinue reading “A commercial aquaculture facility will be built in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge”

Washington legislators do good work for people, the environment, and businesses

Senator Christine Rolfes, the Washington State 23rd Legislative District representative and the Chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, reported in her 27 April 2021 e-newsletter on the hard work that the state legislature did this session to support people, the environment, and businesses during these Covid times. She reported on national and stateContinue reading “Washington legislators do good work for people, the environment, and businesses”

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. JesseContinue reading “Parts per million–the only politics that matters”