Comments accepted through: November 19, 2016.
The final EIS for the proposed Westway crude oil shipping terminal at Grays Harbor has been issued and now the City of Hoquiam has a decision to make: to grant or deny the permit for the project. There is one last opportunity for written public comments that will end on November 19, 2016.
Westway has applied to the City of Hoquiam for a shoreline development permit. To act on this permit application, the City must take into account the findings of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) that evaluates the broad range of impacts of oil trains going to Hoquiam of 100+ year old tracks and more oil tankers navigating the Harbor. The FEIS clearly found that impacts to tribal treaty rights, access to fishing, and the risk of a devastating derailment or marine oil spill cannot be mitigated.
For more information, visit: Washington Dept of Ecology Grays Harbor Terminal Expansion, or Stand up to Oil www.standuptooil.org or contact Tammy Domike, Citizens for a Clean Harbor, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Permit Application Cancelled – Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Rail Spur
Shell cancelled their permit request after the draft EIS was released in October. The history and current status can be found on Washington Department of Ecology website. They may reapply, if plans change which would result in the EIS process being started over.
Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement – Reform of Federal Coal Leasing Program
Comments were accepted: Through July 28, 2016.
Hearings: Six nationally, from May 17, 2016 to June 28, 2016. In Seattle, June 21, 2016.
Mail: Coal Programmatic EIS Scoping
Bureau of Land Management
20 M St. SE, Room 2134 LM
Washington, D.C. 20003 By email or mail. Get
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News Analysis by Bruce Melton, Truth-out.org
Climate science is way out in front of climate policy. Commitments at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris pale in comparison to those from the Kyoto Protocol with its beginnings in the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. The cheap and unambiguous solution of removing CO2 directly from the sky has been discredited by the perceived debate. Previously assumed stable ice sheets are disintegrating. It is warmer than any time in the last 120,000 years. The Gulf Stream appears to be shutting down. Nearly 100 submarine glacial valleys beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet tunnel warm subtropical Atlantic water 90 miles beneath the ice. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says we need to remove more carbon dioxide from our atmosphere than we emit every year (negative emissions). Most importantly, new knowledge about global cooling smog shows that killing coal will create more warming than doing nothing in the most critical decades-long time frames.
The great delay in climate action has dramatically increased climate change impacts and the amount of carbon dioxide that we must now deal with to prevent even greater impacts. Delay has been caused by the debate casting doubt on climate science in ways that have proven to be effective in similar debates about smoking, acid rain and ozone-depleting chemicals. Because of doubt, fundamentally important new climate science has failed to escape the confines of academia and proceed into the public realm where it can move policy – literally – into the 21st century.
See the rest of the story: Climate change 2015: The Latest Science.
For insight into why Obama’s energy and climate policies seem to be at odds, this NY Times article “Alaska’s Tricky Intersection of Obama’s Energy and Climate Legacies” is worth a read.
In a protest coordinated by Rising Tide Seattle five climate activists, one perched atop a tripod of poles and the others locked to its legs situated over BNSF Railway train tracks in Everett were arrested on Sept 2nd. According to the Seattle Times the incident resulted in three trains being delayed and others diverted around the blocked tracks – without damage to any railroad property.
This Guardian Article describes a movement by Public Relations firms to refuse to work for companies who deny the existence of climate change.
The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate
In the struggle to solve the climate crisis, a powerful, largely unnoticed shift is taking place. The forward journey for human civilization will be difficult and dangerous, but it is now clear that we will ultimately prevail. The only question is how quickly we can accelerate and complete the transition to a low-carbon civilization. There will be many times in the decades ahead when we will have to take care to guard against despair, lest it become another form of denial, paralyzing action. It is true that we have waited too long to avoid some serious damage to the planetary ecosystem – some of it, unfortunately, irreversible. Yet the truly catastrophic damages that have the potential for ending civilization as we know it can still – almost certainly – be avoided. Moreover, the pace of the changes already set in motion can still be moderated significantly.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-turning-point-new-hope-for-the-climate-20140618#ixzz387dzUksF
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