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Inside Olympia: HB 1112 needs your help! 

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This Earth Day we have our eye on lesser-known but vitally important HB 1112. This bill would phase out the use of Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) — a super greenhouse gas used in refrigerants. HFC emissions are thousands of times more potent than CO2 when it comes to trapping heat. When you consider all the energy lost in commercial uses — between air-conditioning on increasingly hot summer days, or at every local grocery store to keep our food cold 24/7 — it’s a chilling thought. This bill will have a big impact! HFC’s account for 4% of Washington’s warming emissions right now.

The Senate is considering amendments that weaken the bill, but we need the Senate to uphold the stronger version passed by the House. Your senator needs to know that you support passing the original House version of the bill.

Please contact your Senator with this FastAction form!

Here’s some more commentary on the need + impact of HB 1112 from waclimateleg.info:

Establishes deadlines for banning hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and some other refrigerants as well as products using them or manufactured with them from entering into state commerce, since the EPA’s regulations for eliminating these under provisions of the Clean Air Act have been suspended by a 2017 Appeals Court decision…. estimates that phasing out the creation and use of new HFCs, following the provisions of the Kigali Accord, would avoid something between 25GT and 78GT of additional global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Or if you prefer to email/call your WA Senator directly, here’s some sample language: (more…)

Biochar & more pass + youth in action!

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Hello, CarbonWA friends: A biochar memorial spearheaded by CarbonWA just passed + we’ve been busy! Read on.

Bipartisan Engagement Pays Off – Biochar Bill Passes!

A major project of Carbon Washington the last two years, HMJ 4005, the Biochar Memorial, has now passed both chambers of the state legislature! The Biochar Memorial was introduced in 2018, and came roaring back this year, passing both chambers with unanimous support. You can learn more about the biochar memorial here. CarbonWA’s Greg Rock (pictured above) spearheaded the biochar bill, and said, “It was tremendous to see so much bipartisan support for a climate solution. This memorial led to 5 public hearings and 100 legislator meetings, which also helped lay the groundwork for the Sustainable Farm Bill.” Carbon Washington particularly wants to thank the memorial’s sponsors Senators Van De Wege (D) and Short (R), and Representatives Shea (R) and Fitzgibbon (D).

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Youth Inspire State Legislature To Act!

CarbonWA Advocacy Coordinator Katsi Peña joined organizations like Our Climate and Audubon Washington in organizing a youth climate rally on Friday, April 12th. Well over 100 young people attended along with dozens of all-ages supporters. CarbonWA was featured on KAOS radio promoting youth action and important bills during the rally. In a testament to the event’s success, legislators moved a bill for 100% clean electricity to the floor and passed it out of the House of Representatives amidst a backdrop of chants from young people to ‘act on climate now.’ You can learn more about the electricity bill here. It must now go back to the Senate for concurrence before heading to the Governor’s desk for signature. (more…)

Join us in Olympia for a Climate Rally and Day of Action!

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We have been helping plan a Lobby and Rally Day of Action in Olympia happening Thursday, April 11th. This event is part of a coalition of young people demanding for climate action. We will spend the day advocating for climate action while getting to know passionate young people over great food, conversation, and speakers.

Although this event is centered around empowering youth, all ages are needed in Olympia to support young people and inspire our lawmakers! So far Carbon WA members from retirees to infants are planning to come!

If you can attend, please RSVP by Tuesday, April 9th.

 

SCHEDULE

10 a.m. – 12 noon: BREAKFAST AND WORKSHOPS at United Churches of Olympia, in the Social Hall at 110 11TH AVE SE, 98501

12 – 12:30 p.m.: LUNCH (free lunch provided)

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.: RALLY — A 10-minute walk to the steps of the Legislative Building at 416 SID SNYDER AVE SW, 98504

1:30 – 3 p.m.: FLOOR VOTE — Where we’ll gather in the rotunda

 

A Day of Youth-Led Climate Action: RSVP Now

When you RSVP, please make sure to mention you are with our Carbon Washington group and email our Advocacy Coordinator, Katsi@carbonwa.org to let us know you’ll be joining our group. (more…)

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As the climate crisis worsens, cities turn to parks

Cities across the U.S. are seeing worse floods and hotter summers, but experts believe urban parks can help residents cope.

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#Food #ClimateChange #WhatIEatMatters

 

Your Questions About Food and Climate Change, Answered

How to shop, cook and eat in a warming world.

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New episode of CarbonCast: Bill Boyd interviews Policy Chair Greg Rock. Greg talks about the wins for climate in #Olympia this session — including #100percentclean energy, building energy efficiency, and appliance efficiency standards and more
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Combined, this #climateaction will cut our annual emissions by nearly 14 M metric tons in the next 15 years, the swiftest reduction of #greenhousegas emissions we’ve ever seen. This package reduces #carbonpollution, protects our health & our environment. #WAleadsonclimate

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What People Are Saying About Reducing Carbon Pollution

“I’m a Republican. I believe that the greenhouse effect is real, that CO2 emissions generated by man is creating our greenhouse gas effect that traps heat, and the planet is warming. A price on carbon — that’s the way to go in my view.”

Lindsey Graham, United States Senator, R-SC

A carbon tax is a good starting point for working toward eventual state and federal agreements that put a price on carbon emissions. If national elder statesmen in the Republican Party can take this idea seriously, so should other Republicans in our statehouse and in Congress. The same goes for Democrats.

The Olympian

"Climate change is the biggest market failure of our time. If the United States is to continue to lead and innovate, we must move away from fossil fuels and focus on developing clean, inexpensive, renewable energy sources. A price on carbon is the best policy to promote this change."

Jim McDermott, Former U.S. Representative (D-WA 7th District)

Scientists and economists agree that the most effective way to free ourselves from fossil fuels is to stop the free lunch for polluters.

Sightline Institute

"Only when 'the economic and social costs of using up shared environmental resources are recognized with transparency and fully borne by those who incur them, not by other peoples or future generations,’ [Pope Benedict XVI] can those actions be considered ethical."

Pope Francis, Encyclical Letter “Laudato si”

The optimal solution is a carbon tax (offset by equivalent tax cuts elsewhere) — the most efficient and market-friendly way to address the negative externalities of energy use. But that approach is highly transparent and less susceptible to manipulation by special-interest lobbying than complicated regulatory schemes. No wonder it never gets any traction.

Richmond Times-Dispatch

“I think that climate change is real. I think that one of the great tragedies of our lives is the Great Barrier Reef dying [and] the environmental consequences of that."

John McCain, The late United States Senator (R-Arizona)

It is time for more of our elected leaders to join [Governor] Inslee, [and Senators] Carlyle and Palumbo in giving this major issue the attention and care it deserves.

Seattle Times Editorial, Feb. 5, 2018

"If national governments won't take action, your community can . . . We can move our economy town-by-town, state-by-state to renewable energy and a sustainable future." (Watch this dramatic video narrated by DiCaprio.)

Leonardo DiCaprio, Actor and environmentalist

Who We Are

Carbon Washington consists of students, businesspeople, scientists, retirees, activists and concerned citizens across the state. All of us believe that we have a moral obligation to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean, renewable energy.

In 2016, we mounted a statewide campaign to pass Initiative 732 — the revenue-neutral carbon tax we proposed. Economists say carbon taxes are the single-most effective way to get polluters to stop polluting.

Although the measure didn’t pass, more than 1.25 million Washingtonians voted in favor of I-732. In 2018, we supported Initiative 1631, another attempt to put a price on carbon that also fell short of the 50-percent mark.

Now we’re broadening our focus with a redefined vision and mission. We’re exploring legislative bills, ballot measures and other bipartisan approaches that make a meaningful difference while appealing to a broad array of citizens.

Our vision: Net zero carbon emissions and a prosperous, healthy future

Our mission: Increase demand for climate action and fight for smart carbon policies

Our goals:

Create the political will to pass smart statewide climate policy

Propose and advocate for effective carbon-reducing measures

(Download our complete vision, mission and goals in PDF form here.)

Are we effective? Former State Sen. Paul Graves says, “Reducing carbon pollution without harming jobs and families is a tough challenge. It requires thoughtfulness, a clear view of the evidence and the tradeoffs, and a willingness to work with people on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the state. I’m grateful to Carbon Washington for embodying those values.”

You can help us by signing up for our weekly email blast, connecting with us on Facebook and Twitter, and donating so we can do the hard work that needs to be done. You can also join one of our chapters across the state. 

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Please email info@carbonwa.org or call Carbon Washington
Executive Director Kyle Murphy at 206-480-1176.

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