2014's priorities include: Closing the Big Oil Tax Loophole and Oil Transportation Safety Act
2014 Environmental Priorities: Realizing Safety and Accountability
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After 12 years, the Environmental Priorities Coalition continues to be a nationwide model for advancing environmental protections. The partnership of over twenty statewide environmental groups has worked to make Washington a better place to live since 2002. Each session, the Coalition selects priority issues that are important to protecting our state for future generations and works to pass this common agenda.
Starting January 13th, the 2014 session will be 60 days of legislative action. We recognize things move fast in a short session, and that is why we’re presenting the legislature with two straightforward, commonsense opportunities for progress: closing a tax loophole that benefits Big Oil and putting safety standards in place to reduce the risks associated with moving oil through our state and along our coasts.
Currently, Washington State gives away tens of millions of state dollars each year ($41 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. Let's not support them with public funds that should be focused on education and other community investments.
Washington’s waters face the risk of oil spills and accidents every day. New proposals to increase the amount of oil moving through our state make it more urgent than ever to protect the health of our waterways and improve safety in communities across Washington. That is why the Environmental Priorities Coalition will be advocating for more information on how much and what kind of oil is moving through our state, as well as improved safety standards to protect our waterways and our coasts.
In addition to these two community priorities, we are going to move beyond the same old debates and attacks on environmental protections to hold legislators accountable for failing to make real progress on pressing environmental problems. Weakening or even maintaining status quo for environmental protections isn't good enough. Legislators need to come together as leaders, and we, as voters, need to hold them accountable to the responsibilities we gave them. We want politicians to work together for progress, as they have in the past. In 1990 the Growth Management Act was passed with a Democratic House and Republican Senate, and in 1971 the State Environmental Policy Act was passed with bipartisan support - proving we can and should continue to push our state forward.
60 Days 60 Ways Legislative Action Plan
This legislative session we’re trying something new and exciting. We’re going to be interacting with legislators throughout the entire session. We have 60 days and 60 ways to help. What does this mean for you? We know you’re busy and time is limited, so whether it’s volunteering one evening at a phonebank, sharing a post on social media, or attending your local townhall, we’re giving legislators 60 days and you 60 ways to get involved.
For more information, or if you have questions, email Lisa Remlinger, Environmental Priorities Coalition Outreach Director, at lisa (at) wecprotects.org.
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