Climate Change Tip Sheet from Kirkland Citizens Climate Lobby

Climate Change Tip Sheet from Kirkland Citizens Climate Lobby

Climate change is affecting real people right now and the problem gets worse and the solutions harder the longer we put off doing something about it. Most of you are concerned and want to take action but are often somewhat overwhelmed.  We have been asked to provide a series of monthly tips on personal actions that can have an effect.  Obviously not every action will be equally possible for everyone: putting up solar panels is out if you rent or live in a house that is heavily tree-shaded and using public transportation to get to work doesn’t make sense if you work from home.  However we hope to inspire all of you to take the actions that are personally feasible and have an impact.

Climate change Tip for August:  Contact the Utilities and Transportation Commission asking for PSE to transition off coal to 100% renewable energy by 2025.

Sometimes personal actions aren’t enough.  You change your light bulbs and drive an electric car but then you realize that your utility company is getting 30% of its power from dirty coal.  Puget Sound Energy  (PSE) has requested a rate increase to fund its retirement of the coal generation units in Colstrip, MT.  Their plan is to transition off units 1 and 2 by 2022 but delay closing units 3 and 4 until 2035.  Closing all units by 2025 instead would allow our state to comply with the Paris agreement.  Furthermore, rather than replacing dirty coal with renewable energy their current proposal is to expand the use of fracked gas.  This would substitute the damage that the coal ash ponds of Colstrip do to the health and livelihood of the ranching and farming community there with pollution of the water supply in another community.  “Natural” gas is primarily methane, a  greenhouse gas 87 times more potent than CO2 over a 20 year span. Methane leakage from the well sites, pipelines, storage facilities and power plants is considered part of the cost of doing business.  Because PSE’s plans include a rate change they are subject to a period of public comment ending August 31.  Please contact the Utilities and Transportation Commission at the link below.  Key points are retirement of units 3 and 4 by 2025 and replacing them with improved efficiency and 100% renewable energy.

Mention Docket Number 170033 in your comments

Remember deadline to comment is August 31

If you want to get more involved in the fight against climate change and need some help having an impact consider joining the Kirkland Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby.

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