Environmental Stewardship and Peace

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If you would like to learn how to become part of the Environmental Stewardship and Peace Working Group contact

Clerk, Environmental Stewardship & Peace Working Group :Sam Merrill [email protected]

 2016 Environmental Stewardship and Peace Focus Issues

  • Reducing Carbon Emissions
    • Support strong action to reduce carbon emissions, favoring legislation that would augment HI-732 (which proposes a revenue-neutral carbon tax), by returning more of the revenue to achieving solutions for climate disruption, air and water quality, and equity for low income families.
    • Support the Governor’s effort to reduce carbon emissions through rule making by the Dept. of Ecology (to cap and tax carbon emissions on 24 emitters, specifying 5% reduction in emissions every 3 years).
    • Oppose SB 6173 (now in the Senate Rules Committee), which seeks to prohibit the rule-making by the Dept. of Ecology to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Extend Tax-incentive program for Solar Installations
    • Support HB 2346 (now in the House Rules Committee), which would promote local renewable energy industry through modifying renewable energy system incentives and providing guidance for component recycling.
  • Toxic-free Kids and Families Act
    • Support HB 2545 (now in the House Rules Committee) and SB 6440 (now in the Senate Rules Committee) to ban five flame retardants in children’s products and home furnishings.
    • These bills would give the Dept. of Health the authority to ban additional cancer-causing and other harmful flame retardants. Prefer HB 2545 to SB 6440 (the latter requires that the DOH prove toxicity and identify a substitute before banning a product).

Longer Term Goals (How we measure the impact of our activity):

  • Maintain the environmental balance that supports the needs of all living creatures while also protecting public health and providing an improved quality of life
  • Ensure an improved economic future by not wasting or compromising our environmental resources
  • Provide local control over state assets to increase state resources

 Environmental Stewardship and Peace (ESP) January 14, 2016 Objectives

(Activities in the current year to support Goals):
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OBJECTIVE BACKGROUND 2016 Anticipated Legislative Action
1. Seek opportunities to
support carbon tax and/or
carbon emissions
regulations by monitoring
action on I­732,
Department of Ecology
development of carbon
emissions rules, and
initiative to be proposed by
the Alliance for Jobs and
Clean Energy.
The Carbon WA initiative has
been approved to go to the
Legislature, which is expected
to punt, and send it on to the
November ballot for the
general electorate. An
Alliance representative says it
does not plan an initiative this
year, but is planning one for
2018.
Unfortunately, Carbon WA and the
Alliance, although ostensibly
seeking the same objective of
reducing carbon emissions, have
been critical of each other and have
come across as opposing groups ­­
a situation that may compromise
chances for I­732 to pass.
2. Encourage renewal (by
2020) of state tax
incentives for solar power
Support HB2346, a bipartisan bill
that would replace the solar
installation incentive program.
3. Oppose increased transport
of oil by rail and promote
safer oil transportation
A stronger oil­ transport safety bill
may be pursued again this year.
4. Oppose development of
port facilities for oil and
coal export and associated
transport by rail.
We recommend oral and
written testimony for the
Ridgefield and Spokane
hearings on the proposed
Tesoro­Savage oil terminal at
Vancouver.
Written testimony to:
[email protected].Click Public Comments link on:

http://www.efsec.wa.gov/Tesoro-Savage.shtml

for more
information.
5. Watch for and oppose efforts
to erode environmental
protections.
Monitor the weekly Hot Lists
distributed by the WA
Environmental Council, which
provide up­to­date information
concerning bills relating to the
environment.
To sign up for Hot Lists, go to:
http://wecprotects.org/environmentalpriorities­coalition/.