Cascadia Weekly: Save Our Salish Sea

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Save Our Salish Sea

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SAVE OUR SALISH SEA: As the 2018 Legislative session opens in Olympia, Democrats intend to employ their slim majorities in both houses to run as far as theyre able with an ambitious agenda.

Recognizing the need for urgent action, the Environmental Priorities Coalition proposed a number of interlocking priorities for the session. The coalition is a network of more than 20 environmental groups in Washington state that influence policy at the state level.

Overarching all is a comprehensive climate action plan that as its centerpiece will attempt to put a price on carbon pollution. Activists from climate groups across the state stormed the Capitol this week, demanding meaningful progress on climate change. Proposed bills intend to move the state into a future of clean energy and emission-free vehicles by 2045.

Next, a sustainable water management program to provide adequate water for people, farms and fish. Moving quickly on this second item, Democratic senators this week introduced a bill that would attempt to decouple legislative paralysis around the Hirst decision from the states approved capital budget, freeing up billions of dollars for infrastructure improvements held hostage by Republicans seeking leverage on water issues.

The third item is an oil spill prevention act championed by Sen. Kevin Ranker, the 40th District Democrat.

Now more than ever, Washington must build upon our global leadership in addressing carbon emiss....

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