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The fight against Tacoma’s new LNG facility continues

The trial led by Puyallup Tribe and environmental advocates has concluded in the fight against Puget Sound Energy’s illegal Tacoma LNG facility.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
  • General
  • Legislative
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2021 Brings Bold Climate and Environmental Progress in Washington, Making History with Clean Fuel Standard & Environmental Justice

Critical Climate Policies Position Washington State as a Climate Leader

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Washington Legislature Moves to Approve a Clean Fuel Standard for Washington State

Transformational Climate Policy Will Head to Governor’s Desk

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Legislative
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Washington Lawmakers Met this Climate Moment: Passing a Historic Carbon Pricing Bill

Landmark Climate Commitment Act Passes the House and now heads to Senate for Concurrence

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Litigation

Puget Sound Energy to be Tried in Court Over Tacoma LNG Facility

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians and five environmental organizations, represented by Earthjustice, challenge Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) permits for the Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in a hearing before the Pollution Control Hearings Board.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
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  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
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Third Time’s A Charm: State Senate Makes History Advancing Critical Climate policy

Clean Fuel Standard one step closer to Governor Inslee’s desk!

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Litigation

WEC uses all available tools to stop the build-out of new fracked gas facilities for the health of our communities and the future of our environment

In response to this polluting project and egregious conduct, WEC joined the Puyallup Tribe and four other environmental partners to challenge the facility. After a year of delay, multiple days of oral arguments will begin on April 12th.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Key Senate Committee Votes to Advance Clean Fuel Standard

Pressure on Senate Leadership to approve Critical Climate Policy Majority of Washingtonians Consistently Support

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • General

Long targeted by fossil fuel expansion, Tacoma takes significant steps toward protecting the Tideflats

The City of Tacoma takes significant steps in improving fossil fuel oversight in the Tideflats.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Educating Voters
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Our Approach to Carbon Pricing

A key indicator of climate change is found in the ever-increasing rate at which ice is disappearing across the planet; nearly 1.2 trillion tons each year. While the speed of ice loss is now in line with worst-case scenarios for people and our environment, we will not achieve climate justice without racial justice. We must…

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Guidance to Evaluate the Merits of Carbon Pricing Policies

Washington Environmental Council will use the following criteria to guide evaluation of proposed policies, center community and advance racial equity, improve technical aspects, and ultimately whether or not the policies as proposed are at a place we can continue to constructively engage. Click here for our guide.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Washington Rejects Massive Methanol Refinery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 19 January, 2021 Fracked Gas Refinery and Export Terminal Would Have Significant Climate Impact  Media Contact: Brett VandenHeuvel; Columbia Riverkeeper: (503) 348-2436 The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) denied permits for the massive fracked gas-to-methanol refinery proposed in Kalama, WA. Ecology nixed the fossil fuel processing and export proposal after deciding it would have…

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Washington Analysis Reveals Pollution Potential of Major Methanol Refinery

A new draft environmental analysis evaluates the greenhouse gas impacts of the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery, proposed in Kalama, Washington.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Organizational
  • Racial & Environmental Justice

There is No Climate Justice Without Racial Justice

Census data and science tell us that, more than income or geography, race is still the number one indicator of whether a person will live near contaminated air, water, and soil. Washington is no stranger to these disparities.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Evergreen Forests
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • People for Puget Sound

2020 Session Sees Some Environmental Progress, but Senate Fails to Pass Two Major Climate Bills

Two of four Environmental Priorities passed this session, but major climate action stalled again in the Senate.

Climate Pollution Limits Passes
  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Evergreen Forests

Update to State Climate Pollution Limits Passes Both Chambers

Bill puts into place state targets to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions, but key bills to achieve these targets still remain.

  • Climate & Clean Energy

Clean Air Act Update introduced by Senator Carlyle and Representative Fitzgibbon and requested by Governor Inslee

Washington passed its Clean Air Act in 1967 with the purpose of preserving, protecting, and enhancing air quality for current and future generations. A lot has changed since the passage of that law and now the climate crisis requires a new set of tools to reduce our climate pollution and better equip our state to…

  • Climate & Clean Energy

Supreme Court Upholds Portion of State Clean Air Rule, Putting Focus onto the Legislature to Address Climate Pollution

Ruling covers large stationary sources and leaves urgent responsibility for plans to reduce climate pollution to legislators January 16th, 2020 – Today, Washington State’s Supreme Court ruled on Ecology’s Clean Air Rule, upholding portions of the rule and striking down others. The Clean Air Rule is a set of protections designed to control and then…

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Evergreen Forests
  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • People for Puget Sound

Washington Environmental Community sets bold agenda for 2020 Legislative Session

After passing years of backlogged environmental bills in 2019 , room opens to address long standing environmental issues like urgent climate action, orca and salmon recovery, and a growing crisis from plastic pollution

  • Civic Engagement
  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Educating Voters

Election 2019 Status Update

I-976 will have serious negative consequences for our environment and communities

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Washington Department of Ecology Finds Kalama Methanol Refinery Review Incomplete, Seeks Information on Spurious Carbon Claims

Washington Department of Ecology put a permit decision on hold for a massive fracked gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, WA.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Educating Voters

Vote No on I-976

Initiative 976 would slash 4 billion dollars of funding from cities and counties across the state

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Washington State Climate Leaders Must Decide on World’s Largest Fracked Gas-to-Methanol Refinery

Washington state regulators have 30 days to deny or approve the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Environmental Review Ignores Climate Impact of Proposed Kalama Methanol Refinery

The Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County released their final supplemental environmental impact statement for the world’s largest fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery, proposed for Kalama, WA.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Court of Appeals Upholds Washington’s Rejection of Millennium Coal Export Terminal

The WA Court of Appeals handed the proposed Millennium coal export terminal another defeat.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Washington Communities Applaud Governor Inslee’s Opposition to Fracked Gas Projects

Washington environmental, public health, and community organizations praised ​Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement opposing continued construction of Puget Sound Energy’s proposed liquefied natural gas plant in Tacoma and Northwest Innovation Works’ proposed fracked gas-to-methanol production facility in Kalama.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Event to celebrate Washington State taking significant climate action in 2019

Washington State takes significant climate action in 2019! Governor Inslee will be signing legislation, including the strongest clean electricity bill in the nation.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • People for Puget Sound

2019 Washington Legislative Session Sees Historic Environmental Wins

From clean energy to orca protection state marks more progress than any time in the last decade

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Washington State Passes 100 Percent Clean Electricity Legislation

New legislation is strongest clean electricity bill in the nation

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Washington One Step Away from 100% Clean Electricity

Diverse constituencies celebrate significant milestone of House of Representatives vote

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Federal court dismisses key claim of coal industry lawsuit against state of Washington

Court ruling upholds state’s right to protect clean water

  • Climate & Clean Energy

Broad Coalition Responds to Tacoma LNG Facility Environmental Impact Statement from Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Environmental, Health, and Social Justice Advocates Respond to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Puget Sound Energy LNG Facility in Tacoma, Washington

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Lobby & Advocacy

100% Clean Electricity Legislation Passes Washington State Senate in Historic Vote

State moving to phase-out coal power by 2025, address inequities in electricity sector, and transition state to 100 percent clean electricity by 2045.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Diverse Demand for 100 Percent Clean Electricity for Washington

Environmental Priorities Coalition Senate Committee Chair Sen. Carlyle Indicates Intention for Swift Committee Action Olympia, WA – The Senate Environment, Energy and Technology committee held its first hearing to an overflow crowd on Senate Bill 5116, which would move Washington State to 100 percent clean electricity. The legislation includes: Phase out of coal from our…

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Educating Voters

After I-1631, the fight against Big Oil continues

The large, diverse coalition that came together in support of this equitable, effective climate policy represents a big step forward for building a more powerful climate action movement.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Educating Voters

Initiative 1631: How Far We’ve Come

Election Day 2018 is tomorrow! As we do final Get Out The Vote work, I want to say thank you for your support and hard work to pass the Clean Air Clean Energy ballot measure, Initiative 1631. It has been a whirlwind of a campaign. I-1631 has been the hardest-fought ballot measure campaign in Washington…

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • People for Puget Sound

2019 Environmental Priorities for WA Legislature Announced

Broad coalition to advance policies for clean energy, orca recovery, oil spill prevention, and plastic pollution

  • Climate & Clean Energy

Say YES on I-1631 with WEC!

Initiative 1631 will protect Washington’s land, air, and water and move us towards a strong, healthy clean energy economy. 

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Evergreen Forests
  • Fossil Fuels
  • People for Puget Sound

2018 State of Our Forests and Public Lands Report

Look back on the Commissioner’s first 18 months in office to reflect on where progress has been made, where work still needs to be done, and where things need improvement.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • People for Puget Sound

U.S. environmental, indigenous leaders to meet with Canada Consulate to reiterate strong opposition to Trans Mountain Pipeline

On Thursday afternoon, environmental and indigenous leaders from Washington state will meet with the Consulate General of Canada to reiterate their strong opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project in British Columbia and any increases in tar sands crude oil shipments by tanker, train, or pipeline in Washington state.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Educating Voters
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Join me in saying Yes on 1631!

Thanks to years of hard work, we have finalized the Protect Washington Act ballot initiative and we officially started gathering signatures for Yes on 1631!

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy

What Comes Next: No to Fossil Fuels, Yes to Climate Action

Our communities are all connected – by the rail lines, by the shorelines, and by our economy. Together we’re moving beyond fossil fuels to our clean energy economy!

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