2013


Clean Energy Solutions will power our economy forward, put Washingtonians to work, and reduce carbon pollution.

Washington has an opportunity to build our economy and create jobs that can’t be outsourced, while reducing the pollution responsible for global warming. But right now, neighboring states and global competitors with stronger climate and energy policies are forging ahead without us.

By accelerating our clean energy transition, we can drive local job growth, build healthier, more prosperous communities, and address the climate crisis. And, by sending less of our paychecks to oil and coal companies, we can keep those energy dollars circulating through our state’s economy.

Reducing Carbon Pollution

2012 was the hottest year on record in the US and both our state and country are experiencing dangerous and expensive climate impacts like droughts, forest fires exacerbated by extreme heat, and superstorms. Today’s climate disruption is enough to give us a taste of the devastation that would result from business as usual.
  • Climate Action: Governor Inslee's Climate Action bill, SB 5802/HB 1915, would evaluate the climate pollution reduction programs of other states and Canadian provinces. It would convene the Governor and legislative leaders to develop policies to ensure we achieve our climate pollution limits for 2020 and beyond -- set in statute through a 2008 environmental Priority bill. (Click here for a printable fact sheet.)
Action on climate is needed now – and this bill is a critical first step to the comprehensive climate policy our state needs to reduce our climate pollution and build our clean energy economy.

Stop Giveaways to Dirty Fuels

Currently, Washington state gives away tens of millions of state dollars each year—$63 million this biennium alone - to out-of-state oil companies via a little-known tax loophole. It’s time to hold polluters accountable for the pollution they put into our air and water, not support them with public funds that should be focused on education and other community investments. that support strong families here at home. We need to close the fossil fuel loophole. (Click here to read the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee report on this loophole.)

Accelerate Solutions

We should promote smart partnerships between government and business to develop the technologies and products that will reduce our pollution, power our state economy, and further our state’s innovation leadership. To do that, our state needs to move smart policies forward that both cut energy waste and continue to develop our own, local clean energy sources.
  • Energy Efficiency Standards: SHB 1017 updates Washington’s water efficiency rules for several plumbing products and adds two measures to the state’s package of energy efficiency standards targeting so-called “vampire” battery chargers that waste up to 60% of the electricity they consume. SHB 1017 adds the next generation of low-cost, high-benefit measures to Washington’s existing efficiency standards, saving energy, reducing water waste, and saving consumers millions of dollars on their utility bills. (Click here for a printable fact sheet.)
  • Expanding Solar Power: HB 1106 and SB 5707 would take our state’s solar economy to the next level by making solar energy more affordable for Washingtonians. HB 1106 and SB 5707 would make it possible for solar companies to own, operate, and maintain the solar panels they install on customers’ roofs. They clarify parts of Washington law that make established solar businesses hesitant to invest here. (Click here for a printable fact sheet.)
By doing the smart and responsible thing now, we help rebuild our economy, cut climate pollution and ensure our legacy is a cleaner, healthier and safer future for our children.

Legislative fact sheets are provided by the Washington Environmental Council.


Conservation Works

Conservation Works will create family wage jobs while investing in fiscally responsible projects that protect and enhance our environment.

Right now, Washington has a great opportunity to secure capital funding and maintain designated accounts to time-tested and proven programs that create local jobs now, protect Puget Sound, promote outdoor recreation, and make communities across the state more resilient to catastrophic forest fires, extreme weather, and other threats to our economy, health, and safety.

The Need for Conservation Works Investments

Washingtonians care deeply about our natural resources and the beautiful places our families love, but we face serious challenges.  Toxic runoff pollution from our roads and rooftops is damaging the water, shellfish industries, and wildlife of Puget Sound. We’ve suffered devastating fires in central Washington and our forests are threatened more than ever by insect infestations and a changing climate.  And once our wildlife habitat, working lands, and recreational opportunities are lost, they will be gone forever.

Creating Living Wage Jobs and Restoring Our Environment

The Conservation Works Priority provides real solutions to restore Puget Sound, promote recreation, preserve habitat, and create new on-the-ground jobs for local communities. The rate of job creation for restoration jobs is significantly higher than other industries including road and bridge construction.
  • Model Toxics Control Act: Governor Gregoire's proposed budget for the 2013 legislative session includes diverting $21 million from the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) to the General Fund. These funds should be used as the voters intended, to support toxic clean-ups, prevention, and solid or hazardous waste controls. (Click here for a full prospectus of these investments.)
  • Stormwater and Puget Sound RestorationBy restoring habitat and reducing toxic stormwater runoff, the number-one water pollution problem in our state. Washington ranks #4 in the nation in jobs supported by the seafood industry, so it's vital we protect our sensitive waterways. The Conservation Works priority invests $220 million in critical projects that support fish habitat and the continued growth of our marine industry. (Click here for a full prospectus of these investments.)
  • Forest and Farmland Health: Preserving wildlife, agriculture and timber resources for future generations to enjoy is key to the future of Washington state. Conservation Works invests $90 million in projects that preserve working farms, provide public parks, and protect wildlife habitat. Conservation Works also makes $40 million in long-term investments that maintain the health of our forests, reduce the risk of costly fires or disease, and help private forest landowners secure nature's benefits for future generations. (Click here for a full prospectus of these investments.)
Making investments now by creating living wage jobs in toxics cleanup, stormwater infrastructure, Puget Sound restoration, forest health and farmland conservation will pay dividends for generations to come.

Legislative fact sheets are provided by the Washington Environmental Council.


TAKE ACTION!


Environmental priorities are the right choice for Washington.
Join the movement to power past coal and help make them a reality.

Here's how you can help right now:
  1. Call your state legislators. Tell them you support the environmental priorities, and would like them to join you. Encourage them to vote yes for clean energy solutions, conservation works, and toxic-free kids and families.
  2. Stay informed. Subscribe to our Power Past Coal e-mail list to receive action alerts when your voice is particularly meaningful and to stay informed on the status of all of the legislative priorities. You'll also be notified of upcoming events and opportunities to be involved.
  3. Attend monthly meetings in your neighborhood. It's a great opportunity to meet other activists working to stop coal exports, transition to clean energy, and restore our environment. Join us each month to keep up to date and learn about the ways you can advance the fight against pollution and climate change.
  4. Donate to help support our work. Even a small contribution goes a long way to move us beyond coal to a clean energy economy. Your donation will support full-time outreach to keep people informed about the issues facing our environment and help us build the movement whose legacy will protect natural resources for our children and our future.