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Legislative updates on oil transportation, solar bills

posted Mar 30, 2017, 10:41 AM by Virginia Cleaveland   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 3:41 PM by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities ]
In the coming weeks, the Oil Transportation Safety Act and the Solar Incentives bills need to be at the forefront of every legislator's mind. How you can support these bills: 


Solar Incentives

As of Thursday, March 30th, the solar bill (HB 1048) is languishing in the finance committee, and it needs additional support. Thankfully, the committee chair AND the bill sponsor both represent the 40th legislative district — which includes San Juan County as well as portions of Whatcom and Skagit counties. Learn more at solarstrongwa.org.

Even if you don't live in the 40th LD, please contact finance committee chair Kris Lytton and bill sponsor Jeff Morris to tell them to push the solar bill forward.

Contacting your legislators by phone is by far the most productive and impactful form of communication. Read more in the New York Times article "Here's why you should call, not email, your legislators." 

Talking points 

RE: Solar Incentives Bill (HB 1048) 

Dear [insert name],

Now is the time for local action to build our clean-energy economy. Please support HB 1048. The solar bill is important because it:
  • Ensures certainty for new solar owners, and protects existing solar owners. 
  • Is more efficient than the old program the state is currently locked into. Without an update, the legacy program will add very few solar panels (or jobs) from now on. 
  • Serious solar bang for our buck: The 2017 Solar Jobs Bill, HB 1048, uses state dollars much more effectively, deploying 5x more solar per dollar than the legacy program.
  • Assures our home-grown solar industry can continue to grow and hire just like the rest of the US. Nationally, the solar industry is adding jobs 12x faster than the rest of the economy. We could have that growth here in WA, but instability is causing us to miss out.


Oil Transportation Safety Act

On Thursday, March 30th, the oil transportation bill (HB 1611) passed out of the House finance committee. Learn more about the bill.

Please contact your representatives today to tell them this is an important issue and urge them to vote YES on oil transportation safety. Find your legislator and view the talking points below.

Contacting your legislators by phone is by far the most productive and impactful form of communication. Read more in the New York Times article "Here's why you should call, not email, your legislators." 

Talking points

RE: Oil Transportation Safety Act (HB 1611)

Dear [insert name],

I am concerned about the ongoing threat that oil trains, pipelines, and tankers pose to my community and our waterways. 

The Oil Transportation Safety Act (HB 1611) is a commonsense approach to strengthening our prevention, response and preparedness program. Let’s not wait for a spill or other disaster to happen to take action. 

I urge you to vote YES on HB 1611 and protect all of Washington from crude oil transport. Thank you for considering my comments, and I look forward to your response.