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Tag Archives: Pollution

NPI’s Gael Tarleton: Persistence and patience key to state’s big clean energy breakthrough

Excerpt: Founding NPI boardmember Gael Tarleton led the way in making Washington's new one hundred percent clean electricity bill a reality. Read her bill signing remarks.
Written by:Gael Tarleton
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Washington State Legislature adjourns Sine Die; Jay Inslee says session a huge success

Excerpt: The 2019 Washington State legislative session has adjourned Sine Die. Read NPI's recap of the session.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Big Earth Day victory: 100% clean electricity bill goes to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk

Excerpt: We've just taken another step towards a future where we meet our energy needs more sustainably and responsibly than we have for the past few centuries.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washingtonians rejected I-1631, but that doesn’t mean they oppose a price on pollution

Excerpt: Since I-1631 is unfortunately not going to become law in December, we need to get to work developing a new climate action plan, pronto.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI’s Gael Tarleton: It’s time to sprint to pass Initiative 1631 and save our common home

Excerpt: It's time to act on climate! Read Gael Tarleton's speech thanking the Washington Conservation Voters for recognizing her as their Legislator of the Year and calling for passage of I-1631.
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Dirty TransMountain pipeline dealt massive blow by Canadian Federal Court of Appeal

Excerpt: VICTORY! A Canadian court has dealt a MASSIVE blow to the TransMountain oil pipeline that Justin Trudeau wants to build to pump oil out of Alberta to B.C.'s coast. The pipeline may not be built now. Learn about this huge win for indigenous peoples, climate justice, and our orcas.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Documentary Review: “A Plastic Ocean” is a sobering film that everyone should see

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of "A Plastic Ocean". Stream the film on Netflix, or rent or buy it on YouTube, Google Play, or iTunes. You can also request to host a screening, check out the schedule of screenings, or rent or buy the film directly from Plastic Oceans Foundation.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy files initiative to put a price on pollution in 2018

Excerpt: Following the Legislature's failure to reach agreement on a plan to put a price on pollution in Washington State, the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy (of which NPI is a member) has announced that it is moving forward with plans to qualify an initiative to the November ballot that would impose a fee on emissions.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Victory! Legislature sends Governor Inslee bill banning invasive fish farms from our waters

Excerpt: A bill that would phase out the farming of invasive, nonnative fish in Washington's waters and entirely prohibit it in the future has left the Legislature tonight and is on its way to Governor Inslee following a successful vote in the Senate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Oil train derails and catches fire near Mosier, Oregon, fulfilling fears of progressive activists

Excerpt: A great many people in the progressive movement have been warning that it would only be a matter of time before an insufficiently-secured coal or oil train derailed here in the Pacific Northwest. And now, it’s happened: A multi-car oil train derailment Friday in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier sent up a massive plume […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Democratic Party takes position opposing CarbonWA’s I-732

Excerpt: Yesterday, during the middle day of its 2016 winter meeting, the Washington State Democratic Party went on record as opposed to CarbonWA’s I-732, joining the Washington State Labor Council and IAM’s District Lodge 751 in the no camp. I-732 is a complex tax swap proposal that would levy a carbon tax while also reducing sales […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Labor Council votes to oppose CarbonWA’s Initiative 732

Excerpt: The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, a federation of more than six hundred unions representing nearly half a million workers in Washington State, announced today that it has taken a position formally opposing CarbonWA’s I-732, which backers have advertised as a “revenue neutral” tax swap that would levy a tax on emissions of gases like […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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CarbonWA’s I-732 barely survives random sample check, Secretary of State reports

Excerpt: CarbonWA’s Initiative 732, a supposedly “revenue neutral” proposal to levy a statewide tax on carbon emissions while lowering Washington’s sales and B&O taxes, has narrowly qualified as an initiative to the 2016 Legislature following a random sample check, says the chief spokesman for Secretary of State Kim Wyman. In an early evening press release, Wyman’s […]
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How would WA Republicans like it if *these* bills needed a two-thirds vote to pass?

Excerpt: Anyone who has spent time attempting to understand the politics of the Washington State Republican Party knows that Republicans spend an awful lot of time listening to (and taking their cues from) militant, right wing initiative profiteer Tim Eyman, who has become obsessed lately with gutting Washington’s cherished tradition of majority rule and replacing it […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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