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Railways as a Climate Solution - April 5, 2017

Patrick Mazza, coauthor Solutionary Rail, writes:

Railroads have become a nexus of controversy in recent years due to their role in transporting climate-twisting fossil fuels. But they could become a locomotive driving the growth of clean energy. That is the aim of a new proposal to electrify railroads, run them on renewable energy, and use rail corridors as electricity superhighways to carry power from remote solar and wind installations to population centers.

The proposal, called Solutionary Rail, has been developed by a team of rail experts, economists, and public interest advocates assembled by the Backbone Campaign.

Julia Hurd interviews Bill Moyer of Vashon Island. He is the Solutionary Rail Campaign Director and Co-founder and Executive Director of the Backbone Campaign. He also coauthored the book Solutionary Rail.

http://www.solutionaryrail.org/

http://www.backbonecampaign.org/

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Resilient Thinking - 2016 Surge Festival - January 25, 2017

In partnership with Skagit Climate Science Consortium, Skagit Land Trust, Skagit Watershed Council, and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, the Museum of Northwest Art, (MoNA), sponsors Surge, a week-long exhibition of art, science, and information centered on climate change and its impacts on Northwest coastal communities.

In this recording of the keynote address at Surge 2016, Steve Moddemeyer talks about the future of society through the lens of climate change, particularly in terms of resilience when thinking about built systems. Steve is a Principal specializing in sustainability at CollinsWoerman, a Seattle based architecture, planning and design firm.

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Living With Clarity and Courage in a Warming World - October 5, 2016

Anacortes resident Evelyn Adams gave an eloquent talk to a live audience during the People's Climate Conference as part of the Break Free from Fossil Fuels events last May. Entitled "Living with Clarity and Courage in a Warming World," Evelyn's presentation received a standing ovation. Today's show features that talk with a brief introduction by host Ginny Wolff. The show includes music by Carolyn McDade from her album of climate-change inspired compositions called "My Heart is Moved."

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Climate Change Policy in Washington State - July 27, 2016

Climate Change is happening, and two grassroots groups in Washington are taking initiative to develop framework and policy to guide our transition toward a clean energy future.
This week's show features two interviews. First, host Jodie Buller talks with Kyle Murphy from Carbon WA, about Initiative 732, on the ballot this November. I-732 is a four step proposal to promote cleaner energy and to restructure some of Washington's taxation policy.
http://yeson732.org/

During the second half of the program, Jodie talks with Rosalinda Guillen from Community to Community Development, and Rich Stolz from One America, about their work with the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy and Front and Centered, to prioritize equity and justice in Climate Change policy development.
http://jobscleanenergywa.com/
http://frontandcentered.org/

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KC Golden on addressing Climate Change and Just Transition - June 8, 2016

KC Golden, Senior Policy Advisor for Climate Solutions in Seattle, joins host Ginny Wolff for a discussion of how we must, and how we can, meet the daunting challenges of climate change. Starting with describing the impact of attending the Paris Climate Conference last year, KC Golden goes on to catalogue the numerous ways the Pacific NW, despite lack of federal political leadership, is already transitioning away from fossil fuels, and towards a clean energy economy. KC addresses how feelings of complicity, hypocrisy, shame and futility serve to silence us and keep us complacent as users of fossil fuels. He tackles the particular problems of communities such as those in Skagit County which are economically dependent on the fossil fuel industry, emphasizing the importance of citizen engagement in developing clean energy alternatives and policies that support a "just transition" from an economy dependent on fossil fuels to one supported by renewable energy.

More info: http://climatesolutions.org
To sign up for a weekly list of climate change and green energy related articles: http://climatesolutions.org/climatecast

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Break Free PNW - May 25, 2016

Join host Ginny Wolff in an interview with Carlo Voli of 350 Seattle; Alex Ramel of Stand (formerly known as Forest Ethics); and Bud Ullman, climate change activist from Guemes Island, for a conversation about Break Free PNW (Pacific Northwest). Break Free was a huge event including civil disobedience, marches, presentations, discussions, art, and more in Anacortes and in the vicinity of the refineries May 13-15. Today's show examines how Break Free is stimulating a conversation about a "just transition" from fossil fuels to a renewable energy economy, in a community whose economy and residents are heavily invested in the fossil fuel industry.

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Blue Green Alliance with Steve Garey - April 27, 2016

Today's show, hosted by Ginny Wolff, features Steve Garey, retired refinery employee, and former president of United Steel Workers local 12-591. He currently serves on the executive board of the Washington State BlueGreen Alliance. Steve works to engage union members in becoming part of the solution in making policy decisions about how we transition to a post fossil-fuel economy. The interview explores the concept of "just transition" which considers the economic stress on workers and communities dependent on the fossil fuel industry. Steve identifies areas of common interest between labor and environmentalists, and describes projects the BlueGreen Alliance in Washington is currently addressing. Steve Garey is a featured speaker at a forum in Anacortes, details below.

Coming events in Skagit County explore an equitable transition to a clean energy economy:

"Energy Crossroads: A Community Forum"
Wed. April 27
Lincoln Theater, Mt. Vernon
7 - 8:30

"Community Dialogue about Just Transition"
Wed. May 11
Depot Art & Community Center in Anacortes
7- 8:30.

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Thoughts of the Delta 5 - March 23, 2016

Ginny Wolff hosts this selection of reflections of members of the Delta 5, recorded at a celebratory gathering of supporters following their trial in January, 2016. The Delta 5 were arrested and tried for trespassing in the Delta rail yard in Everett and attempting to stop an oil train in Sept. 2014. Patrick Mazza, Abby Brockway, Jackie Minchew and Mike LaPointe share their thoughts on why they chose an act of civil disobedience to showcase the critical need to adequately address climate change. You'll hear their experiences at the trial itself, and words of appreciation for those who supported them. There is some impromptu a capella music mixed in as well.

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Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility - February 24, 2016

Ginny Wolff talks with Dr. Bruce Amundson and Laura Skelton, president and executive director of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility about global threats to human health and survival that can only be addressed by prevention. WPSR actively addresses nuclear contamination at Hanford, and the national drive to spend a trillion dollars on "modernizing" our nuclear arsenal. Physicians and other health care advocates from WPSR are speaking out against fossil fuel projects that threaten to worsen climate change, and pose safety threats to our rail and coastal communities. WPSR also promotes policies to address income inequality.

http://www.psr.org/chapters/washington/

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Climate Justice and Spiritual Activism with Abby Brockway - January 13, 2016

On September 2nd, 2014, five fighters for climate and against fossil fuel expansion in Washington State took their resistance to the next level, holding an 8 hour blockade of a train in the BNSF Delta rail yard in Everett used to ship explosive Bakken oil. They were inspired by those who have participated in acts of peaceful civil disobedience as a way to spark deep change, and will be pursuing a unique defense in court, arguing that their blockade was morally - and legally - justifiable given the imperatives of the climate crisis.

SUSO's Jodie Buller recorded Abby Brockway, one of the Delta 5 who are standing trial this week for this action, during Climate Justice Sunday at the Woodland Park Presbyterian church on Sunday, the day before the Delta 5 trial start date on January 11, 2016 at the Snohomish County South District Court.

http://www.delta5trial.org

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Climate Change Mitigation in Washington State - December 2, 2015

Speak Up! Speak Out! presents audio from a recent presentation on Climate Change Mitigation in Washington State: Understanding Policy Options to Reduce Carbon Emissions held in Mount Vernon, Washington. Richard Brocksmith moderated the conversation between panel members: Chris Davis, Gov. Inslee's advisor on Carbon Markets; David Jackman, Carbon Washington's Whatcom County Regional Representative; and Stephanie Celt, Washington state policy coordinator for Blue Green Washington. This presentation may help people understand the conversations in Paris now at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/index.htm - WA Dept. of Ecology, Climate Change

http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/work/states/washington - Blue Green Alliance of WA

http://carbonwa.org/ - Carbon Washington

http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en/ - United Nations Climate Change Conference

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The Public Trust and Climate Change - November 18, 2015

Ginny Wolff speaks with University of Oregon Law Professor Mary Christina Wood, author of "Nature's Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age." Professor Wood discusses why our current environmental laws are failing to protect resources human life on earth depends upon, and proposes the Public Trust Doctrine as a new paradigm for dealing with our critical climate-driven problems. Her work has inspired lawsuits in every state, with youth as the plaintiffs, to force governments to mandate carbon emissions controls sufficient to ward off catastrophic climate change.

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Fossil fuel proposals for NW Washington: the Big Picture - September 2, 2015

Ginny Wolff speaks with Eric de Place, Policy Director for Sightline Institute, a Seattle based think-tank whose mission it to make the northwest a global model of sustainability. Eric de Place spearheads the Institute's work on energy policy, and is a lead area authority on coal and oil export plans for the the Pacific NW. With the incisive clarity characteristic of his writing, Eric describes the big picture of the fossil fuel industry's proposals in NW Washington. Eric has specific insights regarding Shell's oil-by-rail facility at their Anacortes refinery. He describes the risks to our way of life and the entire economy of the region threatened by these proposals, and how the public can influence the direction we choose to take by allowing or denying these projects. He stresses how our decision regarding fossil fuel projects impacts whether or not we address the challenge of climate change.

Further information about Sightline Institute at: http://www.sightline.org/

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The March of the Sediments with Eric Grossman - August 12, 2015

Jodie Buller interviews Climate Scientist Eric Grossman for an upcoming documentary about climate changes in the Skagit Valley.

Grossman is a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, who specializes in coastal and marine systems, sediment transport, coastal change, natural hazards, climate change and sea level rise. He is a founding member of the Skagit Climate Science Consortium (SC2), and conducts research in 6 of the large river-deltas of Puget Sound, Nooksack, Skagit-Padilla-Samish system, Stillaguamish, Snohomish, Nisqually and Skokomish.

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Skagit Climate Science Consortium - July, 22, 2015

Ginny Wolff talks with Dr. Jon Riedel, National Park Service geologist and Chair of Skagit Climate Science Consortium, a group of 13 scientists who study impacts of climate change in the Skagit River Valley. Their mission is to use their scientific findings to help influence local decision makers better prepare us for climate change. Dr. Riedel discusses his own work studying glaciers in the Skagit watershed, and their impact on available water supplies; and touches on multiple other impacts of climate change - flooding, fires, stream temperature, sea level rise and more, which his colleagues study. His comments reflect both the urgency of the situation we face, and the opportunities it presents.

Follow the work of Skagit Climate Science Consortium - SC2 - at: http://www.skagitclimatescience.org/

Watch for the Surge Festival, an exhibit of climate change-inspired work at the Museum of Northwest Art in LaConner on Sept. 25-26.

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Anna Fahey - Talking about Climate Change - May 27, 2015

Join Ginny Wolff for a conversation with Anna Fahey, Senior Communications Specialist for Sightline Institute. Sightline Institute is a Seattle based think tank that researches and digests volumes of information about the major environmental challenges of our day. Anna Fahey synthesizes research from public opinion polling, focus groups, and fields like neuroscience and psychology, distilling lessons about the most effective ways to talk about climate change and clean energy in a way that engages people, motivates them to act, and builds support for solutions. Hear Anna's elevator speech on "Why are you concerned about climate change."

Learn more about Sightline Institute and read Anna Fahey's blog at http://www.sightline.org.

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Community Solar and Alternative Energy Technologies with Kevin Maas - March 18, 2015

Jodie Buller talks with Kevin Maas about his life-long interest in viable alternative energies, including his Farm Power bio-digestor sites, Community Solar projects in Anacortes and La Conner, and electric cars.

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Environmental Legislation - February 18, 2015

Ginny Wolff speaks with two guests about legislation requested by Gov. Inslee, being debated in Olympia now. One addresses oil train safety, and the other addresses carbon emissions in the state. In the first half of the show, Rebecca Ponzio, Oil Campaign Director with Washington Environmental Council discusses the Oil Transportation Safety Bill (HB 1449, SB 5087), highlighting the most important provisions, and comparing it to Sen. Erickson's competing bill in the Senate. In the second half of the show, Ben Serrurier, Washington Policy Specialist with Climate Solutions talks about the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act, which would put a price on carbon pollution, and generate revenue for education, transportation, and institute a working families' tax credit. Ben introduces us to the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy.

Since this show was recorded, there have been three more derailments and two more oil train fires in Canada and West Virginia, emphasizing the need for action. Contact your local and state government officials.

More information:
Washington Environmental Council: http://www.wecprotects.org
Climate Solutions: http://www.climatesolutions.org
Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy: http://jobscleanenergywa.com

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Sea Star Wasting Syndrome - February 11, 2015

This week on SUSO, Jodie talks with Melissa Miner, a a Bellingham-based ecologist with the University of California at Santa Cruz, whose work with citizen scientists is helping put the pieces together about what is happening to Sea Stars along the Pacific Coast of the US, where some colonies have lost 95% of their populations.

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Oil Train Hearing comments pt.2 - December 3, 2014

Washington State Dept. of Ecology held a public hearing on "The Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study" in Olympia on Oct. 30. It drew a standing-room only crowd from all over western Washington, the Columbia River Gorge, and Oregon. In spite of extending the length of the hearing, there were far more people who wanted to speak than there was time for. Speak Up! Speak Out!'s Jodie Buller compiled selected testimony from that hearing, recorded by Ginny Wolff, for this show two weeks ago. There was so much eloquent, heartfelt testimony, we are bringing you "part 2" - more comments from public officials, doctors, clergy, teachers, representatives of environmental advocacy groups, and people who live in communities impacted by transportation of crude oil by rail and water.

Part 1 of this program is available at http://www.speakupspeakoutradio.org - program for Nov. 19, 2014

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Oil Train Hearing Comments - November 19, 2014

The recent Oil By Rail Hearing meeting in Olympia drew a crowd of 700
people. Speak Up Speak Out's Ginny Wolff recorded the public comments and
this show features heartfelt statements from elected public officials,
representatives of railroad workers and longshoreman's unions, and
community members from impacted communities along our coastline: Vancouver,
Grays Harbor, Anacortes, Bellingham, Olympia, and Aberdeen, as well as the
communities that trains run through along the Columbia River: Stevenson,
Bingen, Hood River, and White Salmon, as they register their widespread
dissent against oil trains and terminals.

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Oil Transportation in Washington State - November 5, 2014

The Washington State Department of Ecology held a public hearing on Oct. 30 for feedback on a draft of the Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study they sent to Gov. Inslee. Over 700 people showed up from all over western Washington and Oregon to give a loud message telling our legislators we DON'T want dangerous oil trains coming through our communities; that we DON'T want to become a traffic corridor that benefits oil companies to the detriment of our own communities; and that we DO want investment in a clean energy economy.

Today's show starts with an interview with Matt Petryni, Clean Energy Program Manager with Re-Sources for Sustainable Communities in Bellingham. Matt gives some background about both rail and marine transport of oil in our state, and puts the hearing in context. The second part of the show is short interviews with people who rode the bus from Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties to go to the hearing.

Written public comments will be accepted until Dec. 1. If you would like to submit a comment here is a link to the online comment form:
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/OilMovement/StudyComments.html

The study itself is available here:
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/OilMovement/2014MarineRailOilTransportStudyDraftFindings.pdf

Further information: http://www.re-sources.org Click on Safe Fuels Initiative on left hand side bar.

Testimony from the hearing itself will be available on this site at some future date.

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Changing Oil Transportation Risk in Washington State - October 1, 2014

Today's show features David Byers, Response Manager for Washington State's Department of Ecology. Mr. Byers manages the prevention and preparedness program for oil spills in our marine waters.

Washington State is facing a transformation in energy transportation with the push to transport crude oil and coal by rail through the state to west coast ports. This shifts the risk of oil spills from being a primarily marine threat, to include inland communities and environments. The type of crude transported also brings the risks of explosive fires. David Byers talks in detail about what his program does and how the state is trying to adapt to the new risks and threats of crude by rail transportation in Washington.

There will be a public hearing on Governor Inslee's draft Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study. You can sign up for bus transportation to the hearing via the RSVP link below:
When: October 30, 5:00-9:00 p.m. The doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Red Lion Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502 [MAP]
RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/Govtransport-Lacey

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Patrick Mazza on Climate Change - September 3, 2014

Ginny Wolff talks with long time climate advocate, Patrick Mazza - co-founder, and former Research Director for Climate Solutions. With 30 years of experience addressing the challenges of climate change, Mazza makes a case for how it is technologically possible to transition to 100% renewable energy. He succinctly summarizes the climate science which compels us to urgently make deep cuts in our carbon emissions in order to avoid the worst consequences of global warming. What is missing is political will - and he has ideas about how to get there.

Patrick Mazza blogs at cascadiaplanet@blogspot.com. In the July "archives" you will find "Eyes on the Prize: 100% Renewables Now!" - the text of the speech he gave at a rally in Seattle which prompted Speak Up! Speak Out! to request an interview.

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Rebecca Ponzio talks about Oil Transport - July 23, 2014

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with Rebecca Ponzio, Puget Sound Policy Specialist with the Washington Environmental Council, about oil transport in the Northwest, and the increasing community concerns along the Pacific coast about the volume of bakken and tar sands oil coming through our regions. http://www.stopoiltrains.org, http://www.WECprotects.org

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Bill McKibben on Global Climate Change - Part 2 - June 18, 2014

Author, environmental activist, and educator Bill McKibben addressed a near-packed audience in Bellingham this May. He talked about the critical dangers we face from climate change if serious and immediate action is not taken to reduce global CO2 emissions, the world-wide understanding of the urgency of the task, and efforts that are being made to meet the threat.

McKibben was hosted by Western Reads, WWU, with support from the North Cascades Institute, Huxley College of the Environment and the Institute for Energy Studies, WWU. We thank Western Washington University for this recording, which we bring to you in 2 parts. Today's show is part 2. Part 1 is available at http://www.speakupspeakoutradio.org.

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Bill McKibben on Global Climate Change - Part 1 - June 11, 2014

Author, environmental activist, and educator Bill McKibben addressed a near-packed audience in Bellingham this May. He talked about the critical dangers we face from climate change if serious and immediate action is not taken to reduce global CO2 emissions, the world-wide understanding of the urgency of the task, and efforts that are being made to meet the threat.

McKibben was hosted by Western Reads, WWU, with support from the North Cascades Institute, Huxley College of the Environment and the Institute for Energy Studies, WWU. We thank Western Washington University for this recording, which we bring to you in 2 parts. Today's show is part 1. Part 2 will be broadcast June 18, 2014, and will be available at http://www.speakupspeakoutradio.org.

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Shell Refinery Permit Public Hearing - May 21, 2014

Shell Puget Sound Refinery permit hearing Northwest Clean Air Agency

Excerpts from the Northwest Clean Air Agency (NCAA) public hearing and rally concerning the permitting of the Shell refinery's proposed rail unloading facility. The facility would have the capacity to unload 14 railcars per day carrying a heavy petroleum "feedstock".

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Vision 2030 - May 7, 2014

Transition Fidalgo and Friends is an Anacortes based group that strives to "imagine a world where how we live nourishes the earth, helps people reach their potential, and creates joy in community." They recently created a document called "Vision 2030, Our Vibrant Sustainable Community," which paints a picture of what the communities of Fidalgo and Guemes Island could look like in 15 years if they face the realities of climate change, energy challenges, and economic shifts which we already see happening. For this show Evelyn Adams, one of the founders of the group and current chair person, joins Ginny Wolff for a discussion of the inspiration, content, and purpose of "Vision 2030, Our Vibrant Sustainable Community."

To access the document: http://transitionfidalgo.org/sites/default/files/2014/Vision_2030.pdf
Transition Fidalgo and Friends' Home page: http://transitionfidalgo.org

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Music From the Heart - Climate Change Education with Sharon Abreu and Mike Hurwicz - April 23, 2014

Sharon and Mike, singer songwriter activists from Orcas Island join SUSO's Jodie Buller in the studio to talk about the role of music in climate change awareness, and to swap Pete Seeger stories. Sharon's one woman show The Climate Monologues will air on KSVR's Wide World of Radio next month, and in this interview she talks about collecting those stories from everyday people who became activated because of the climate impacts they felt in their communities.

http://www.sharmuse.com/

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Oil By Rail - February 26, 2014

Matt Krogh of Forest Ethics talks with Ginny Wolff about the increasing transportation of oil by railroad through our communities to local refineries in the Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Matt discussed the nature of the oil being transported, where it's coming from, where it's going, and what needs to happen for our communities to be safe. He addresses how citizens can give input both on individual permit processes, and in calling for a statewide moratorium on new permits for oil transport until adequate measures can be taken to ensure rail transport safety.

Matt Krogh and Dana Lyons are giving a concert/presentation on March 8 at the Lincoln Theatre: Here are the details:

Crude Awakening: The Oil Train Tour
Music and information about the explosive growth of oil trains and crude by rail proposals in the Northwest
Lincoln Theatre, Mt. Vernon
Saturday, March 8, 7-9 pm.
Suggested donation: $10

Request that a moratorium on further oil transport permits be imposed in Washington and Oregon until all safety concerns have been adequately resolved: http://www.forestethics.org/rail

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Gov. Inslee's Climate Workgroup (CLEW) - October 30, 2013

WA State Director for Climate Solutions, Jessica Finn Coven, joins Ginny for a discussion of Gov. Inslee's Climate workgroup CLEW - the Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup. Gov. Inslee created the group to study policies that would help WA State meet it's green house gas emission goals. Public hearings are being held to solicit public comments. Comments can also be submitted online.

Jessica Finn Coven's work focuses on developing legislative and policy strategies to reduce global warming pollution and grow a clean energy economy in Washington State. She discusses the kinds of policies that will be considered by the workgroup, and how people can participate.

Public Hearings scheduled after Oct. 22:
October 23, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Bell Harbor International Conference Center - 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle
December 6, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. House Hearing Room A - State Capitol Campus, Olympia

To submit a comment online, email the Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup: climateworkgroup@ecy.wa.gov

More information:
http://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/economy/climateWorkgroup/default.aspx http://daily.sightline.org/2013/10/02/how-you-can-support-carbon-pricing-in-washington/

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Bellingham Doctor discusses health impacts of coal export - August 21, 2013

Dr. Frank James, Bellingham physician and outspoken proponent for doing a Health Impact Assessment for the proposed Cherry Point coal terminal, joins Ginny for this week's show. Dr. James is a member of the Whatcom Docs, a group of 215 Whatcom and Skagit healthcare professionals who are calling for such a study. He discusses what a Health Impact Assessment is, and how it differs from what an regular EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) would look at. He gives an update on recent developments in the process that will decide the ultimate fate of the controversial terminal. Dr. James talks at length about the various health impacts physicians are concerned about, based on their research of the medical literature, and his own personal experience.

To stay abreast of the coal export terminal issue, visit http://coaltrainfacts.org.

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Public Comments on Cherry Point Coal Terminal - What's Next? - January 30, 2013

Matt Krogh, North Sound Baykeeper with Re-Sources for a Sustainable Community in Bellingham; and Beth Doglio, Campaign Director for both Climate Solutions in Seattle and for the regional Power Past Coal Campaign, join Ginny Wolff for today's show. This is an update on efforts to stop the Gateway Pacific Terminal - the coal export facility proposed at Cherry Point.

Matt and Beth share their perspectives on what happened in the recently concluded Scoping Period for the Environmental Impact Statement process mandated by law for this project. "Scoping" was a four month period when the public spoke up with concerns about the proposal. Matt and Beth describe the unprecedented volume and quality of comments submitted by the public. They also discuss where their respective organizations will focusing their efforts in the weeks and months to come.

To read comments submitted for Scoping for the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement): http://www.eisgatewaypacificwa.gov
To stay informed: http://www.coaltrainfacts.org and http://www.powerpastcoal.org

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MV City Council to hear Coal Transportation Concerns - September 5, 2012

Ross Macfarlane is Senior Advisor, Business Partnerships for Climate Solutions. He will present to the MV City Council on Wed. Sept 19 at 6 pm. The session is open to the public. Ross did this interview with Ginny In April, 2012. Mr. Macfarlane will focus on the transportation issues and costs Skagit County would face should the Gateway Pacific Terminal be built.

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Sustainable Transportation - August 29, 2012

Dr. Preston Schiller, co-author of An Introduction to Sustainable Transportation: Policy, Planning and Implementation, talks with Dave about sustainable transportation in NW Washington - what has been done, and what needs to be done.

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Climate Solutions Addresses Coal Export - April 11, 2012

Ginny Wolff speaks with Ross Macfarlane, Sr. Advisor for Climate Solutions, about coal export in Washington and Oregon, particularly the terminal proposed at Cherry Point, north of Bellingham. Ross explains the mission of the non-profit organization - Climate Solutions, Practical Solutions to Global Warming - and why they have taken on this issue. He also explains how people can be involved in the Environment Review process for this proposal which is approaching, and how to participate in the "Scoping" process.

Letters and Comments made during Scoping (time to be determined) can be submitted to:
Whatcom County Council: Tyler Schroeder: tschroed@co.whatcom.wa.us
Washington State Dept. of Ecology: Ted Sturdevant: tstu461@ecy.wa.gov
Army Corps of Engineers: Randel Perry: Randel.J.Perry@usace.army.mil

For further information see:
http://powerpastcoal.org
http://coaltrainfacts.org

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Moral Ground and Climate Change - March 7,2012

Speak Up! Speak Out! explores the moral dimensions of the challenge climate change presents to all of us. Dr. Kathleen Moore, philosopher and nature writer, and Evelyn Adams, one of the founders of Transition Fidalgo and Friends, join Ginny Wolff in our show for March 7. We talk about the mission of Transition Fidalgo and Friends, and discuss the ethics of climate change.

Dr. Kathleen Moore is the featured speaker at an event entitled: "Moral Ground: What Do We Owe the Future?" sponsored by Transition Fidalgo and Friends. This event is on Sunday, March 18, at the Phillip Tarro Theatre on the Skagit Valley College campus at 3 pm. Admission is free. Donations accepted.

For more information about Dr. Moore, see: http://www.riverwalking.com/

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Waste Management and Energy Efficiency in Skagit County - September 29, 2010

An interview with Callie Martin, Waste Reduction Outreach Specialist with Skagit County Public Works; and Katie Hampton, Sustainability Coordinator for the Climate Action and Sustainability Taskforce. Callie and Katie talk about nuts and bolts pragmatic attempts, by the County, to reduce waste and save energy in county operations; and to encourage the public to do likewise.

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Addressing the Global Climate Change Crisis Through Art - May 19, 2010

Local artist Lin McJunkin speaks of her passion to "do something" about global climate change" by blending her twin careers as a science educator and glass artist. She is touring the county with her unique presentation: "Artful Persuasion: Artists Helping Scientists Convey Messages of Change," showing artists' responses to the gravest environment challenge of our times in order to inspire, educate, and motivate.

Visit her website: http://www.mcjunkinglass.com or contact her at lin@mcjunkinglass.com . She welcomes invitations to speak. Lin will speak at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center on Thursday May 27 at 6 pm.

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Addressing Global Climate Change, part 2 - July 1, 2009
Local resident Dr. Jerry Whitfield, Cambridge trained PhD, engineer, inventor and pioneer in energy innovations continues the discussion of how we can reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions to the levels necessary to avert devastating climate change. In this show we explore mechanisms that would put a price on carbon emissions, and how that would influence the "mix" of power generation by our electric utilities. Dr. Whitfield concludes the interview by explaining how these changes, coupled with using electricity for transportation would not only lower CO2 emissions to safe levels, but would actually save us all some money.

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Addressing Global Climate Change - May 27, 2009
Local resident Dr. Jerry Whitfield, Cambridge trained PhD, engineer, inventor and pioneer in energy innovations, discusses how we can lower our CO2 emissions to address the challenges of global climate change. Specifically, Dr. Whitfield speaks to the changes we need to make to "green" our electric grid, and electrify transportation.

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YES! Magazine - January 30, 2008
We recently spoke with Susan Gleason of Yes! magazine and Positive Futures about the development and direction of the magazine and their recent issue on global warming. Susan explains how Yes! maintains a level of hope and positivity without obscuring the grave dangers our world faces. Yes! Online

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