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Climate Justice Forum: Oil Train Blockade & Moratorium Requests, Utah Tar Sands Mine Arrests, Spokane Healthy Climate Citizens Initiative 6-22-16

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 11:00
The Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) features news about the June 18 Vancouver, Washington oil train tracks blockade, calls for a nationwide moratorium on oil trains by Oregon government officials and agencies, arrests at the June 11 field studies and June 19 reclamation actions at the Utah tar sands mine, and a Spokane physician’s filing of a healthy climate citizen rights initiative amending the city charter.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Mosier Mayor, Residents, & Activist, Union Pacific Snafus & Grants, Millennium Bulk Terminals Public Input 6-15-16

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 13:00

The Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) features June 9 conversations with Mosier, Oregon Mayor Arlene Burns, Mosier residents Silas Bleakley and Brent Foster, and Peter Cornelison of Friends of the Columbia Gorge, about the June 3 Union Pacific oil train derailment, explosion, and fire in the Columbia River Gorge.  Other topics include Union Pacific rail operation violations in Oregon and grants to Sandpoint area organizations and Millennium Bulk Terminals public comments and hearings on the last proposed Northwest coal export facility.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Categories: Climate Change

Comments Due June 13 on Last, Largest Coal Terminal

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 08:45

With the May 9 victory of the Lummi Nation over the proposed Gateway Pacific coal export terminal at Cherry Point, Washington, the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal port in Longview, Washington, 460 miles from Sandpoint, Idaho, could become the largest such facility in North America. Please speak out against the many direct impacts that its eight additional, fully-loaded, daily coal trains would impose on Idaho public and environmental health, by sending your written comments to Washington officials before the 11:59 pm PDT June 13 deadline.  Reference the attached Power Past Coal Millennium Bulk Terminals DEIS Talking Points and the previous Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) action alert [1].

Thanks to ongoing, inspiring work by a diverse spectrum of grassroots climate activists to mainstream environmental groups, thousands of regional residents participated and testified at three public hearings on the draft environmental impact statement for this last of six proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest [2, 3]. Three cheers for the dozens of die-hard, anti-coal organizers from across Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, who coordinated participation and arranged carpools for these hopefully historically last public hearings and rallies against Northwest coal trains and ports.

Community members including WIRT representatives attended a 4 pm rally and expressed valid concerns about fossil fuel impacts through their testimony between 1 and 9 pm at the Thursday, May 26 hearing at the Spokane Convention Center in Spokane, Washington [4]. Bravo to Jacob Johns and other event participants from Spokane and northern Idaho, who blasted the basics of the folly of approving, permitting, building, and operating the Millennium carbon bomb [5]!  We enjoyed sharing the adventure of fossil fuel resistance with co-workers and friends in Spokane, during and after the public proceedings, especially while learning that Arch Coal withdrew its interest in this coal port project [6]:

“The second largest coal company in America and last big name in the coal export game…handed over its 38 percent share in the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, Washington, to the project’s last remaining supporter, Lighthouse Resources – a company that used to be called Ambre Energy North America…Arch itself declared bankruptcy in January…Given the dismal outlook for coal exports, the bankrupt company simply couldn’t bear the ongoing cost of keeping the project alive…Arch’s exit leaves precisely one player in the coal export game in Washington and Oregon: Lighthouse Resources, which now stands as the only backer of Millennium and which also hopes to resuscitate its nearly-defunct Morrow Pacific project in Oregon. Lighthouse owns a pair of struggling coal mines, one in Wyoming and the other in Montana, and its entire business model hinges on exporting coal into seaborne markets that are now badly oversupplied with cheap coal.”

Thanks to Spokane anti-coal/oil guru Laura Ackerman of The Lands Council, WIRT also participated in, recorded, photographed, and testified at the 1 to 9 pm, industry-dominated hearing and 4 pm coal opposition rally on Thursday, June 2, at the TRAC Center in Pasco, Washington [7, 8]. About 80 blue-shirted, pro-coal-jobs lackeys and 50 red-clad Earth defenders testified to Washington Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County, Washington officials, about the Powder River Basin coal train terminal proposed for Longview, Washington.  As one lone Idahoan again, WIRT is grateful for the honor and pleasure of standing with scores of knowledgeable, warm-hearted, and intrepid comrades from across Washington, as we gathered, conversed, testified, and rallied in Pasco.  The WIRT emblem on a T-shirt even appeared in a Tri-City Herald and Bellingham Herald news article photo of the rally, with this caption that missed Walla Walla elder Cathy Sampson-Kruse flashing a peace sign [9, 10]:

“Opponents Chris Howard of Walla Walla, from right, Helen Yost of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Daeuthen Dahlquist, 11, of White Salmon, cheer during a Thursday rally outside the third and final hearing on the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export terminal at Longview, held at the TRAC facility in Pasco. See a video at tricityherald.com/video.”

The most salient display of industry and government disregard for genuine public input occurred toward the end of the Pasco hearing convened on traditional Yakama tribal lands. Hearing moderators cut off testimony by Mathew Tomaskin, the legislative liaison of the Yakama Nation, while he disclosed that the Washington Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County had not consulted the tribe about the proposed coal export terminal and associated trains [11, 12].  When he talked beyond two minutes, as he had initially stated that he would, moderators rudely interrupted him, silenced his microphone, and called for a hearing break.  Much of the audience stood in support of Mr. Tomaskin, who did not receive the respectful treatment deserved by his dignified representation of a sovereign nation.

Thanks for commenting on this potentially climate-wrecking fossil fuel infrastructure!

[1] Last, Largest Coal Port DEIS Hearings, May 26, 2016 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[2] Millennium Coal Hearing in Longview, Washington Draws 1K+ Attendees, May 25, 2016 Columbia Riverkeeper

[3] Longview Coal Terminal Plan Draws Hundreds to All-Day Hearing in Spokane, May 26, 2016 Spokesman-Review

[4] WIRT Testimony at Millennium Bulk Terminals DEIS Hearing in Spokane on May 26, 2016, May 31, 2016 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[5] Jacob Johns Testimony Video, May 27, 2016 Dancing Crow Media

[6] Arch Coal Backs Out of Longview Export Terminal, May 27, 2016 Sightline Institute

[7] Pasco 6.2 Hearing Photos, June 3, 2016 Kat Holmes

[8] Millennium Bulk Terminals DEIS Hearing Pasco 6-2-16, June 12, 2016 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

[9] Coal Train Plan Pits Jobs Against Climate, June 2, 2016 Tri-City Herald

[10] Anti-Coal Activists, Coal Port Supporters Clash in Tri-Cities, June 3, 2016 Bellingham Herald

[11] Mathew Tomaskin, Legislative Liaison of the Yakama Tribe at Pasco 6.2 Hearing, June 6, 2016 Katherine Holmes

[12] Mathew Tomaskin Pasco Testimony Photos, June 3, 2016 Wild Idaho Rising Tide


Filed under: Coal/Oil Trains/Ports, Newsletters
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Oregon Oil Train Derailment, Longview Coal Terminal Hearing in Pasco, BLM Oil & Gas Lease in Payette County 6-8-16

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 13:00
The Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) features the voices of people directly impacted by or responsible for the fiery June 3 oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge town of Mosier, Oregon, as well as news about the incident.  Other topics include a June 2 Pasco, Washington public hearing on the largest proposed coal export facility in North America, Millennium Bulk Terminals at Longview, Washington, and a July 27 Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction of the Sheep Ridge federal lands around Big Willow gas wells in Payette County, Idaho.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Longview Coal Terminal Testimony, Powder River Basin Coal Downturns, & California Off-Shore Fracking 6-1-16

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 10:30

The Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) features excerpted, May 26, Spokane public hearing testimony opposing the largest proposed coal export facility in North America, Millennium Bulk Terminals at Longview, Washington.  Other topics include a similar June 2 hearing in Pasco, Washington, Arch Coal’s withdrawal from this coal port project, downturns in Powder River Basin coal production and related railroad employment, and Obama administration approval of resuming fracking off the California coast.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Categories: Climate Change

Last, Largest Coal Port DEIS Hearings

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 06:40

On Thursday, April 29, 2016, as required by the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), the Washington Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County, Washington released a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on the huge Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export terminal proposed for Longview, Washington [1, 2]. Along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is preparing a separate federal draft EIS, the agencies are studying the potential environmental and social impacts and evaluating the risks of this project [3].  They will review and consider all concerned citizen input after the 45-day comment period ends on June 13, while performing further analyses for the final EIS.  Once this document emerges, terminal owners would begin application processes for local, state, and federal permits.

Millennium proponent Lighthouse Resources (formerly Ambre Energy) owns 62 percent of the project; 38 percent owner Arch Coal has filed for bankruptcy. Their potentially largest such facility in North America, built and operated on the site of the former Reynolds Aluminum smelter, could annually transfer and stockpile 44 million metric tons of Powder River Basin coal, strip-mined in Montana and Wyoming, between unit coal trains and ships bound for Asia.  Besides eight empty, returning trains daily, the terminal would impose on trackside communities eight fully loaded, additional coal trains per day.

This last remaining Northwest coal export project of an original six proposals should concern Idahoans, who live among relatively clean air and water, abundant wildlife, and scenic beauty, just as much as Washington citizens [4]. Coal transport through Sandpoint and surrounding north Idaho communities, 400-plus miles away, directly pollutes, threatens, and impacts regional public and environmental health and safety and economic vitality, all for private profit.  Each coal train engine spews carcinogenic diesel fumes, and its 110 open rail cars together shed 55,000 pounds of coal dust from mine to port, laden with arsenic, lead, mercury, nickel, tin, and other heavy metals.  Health experts link exposure to diesel exhaust and coal dust with decreased lung capacity and exacerbated asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia, lung cancer, and heart disease.  Increased, slow-moving coal traffic can also obstruct and delay vehicles at rail crossings, extend the travel times of emergency responders, and block access to hospitals, schools, businesses, and neighborhoods.  Heavy coal trains damage rails with their pressure and clog the pores of gravel under tracks, reducing wet ballast permeability and stability and thus risking derailment of other hazardous and explosive freight.

Why support the significantly faltering coal industry and world markets [5, 6]? In recent months, owners of a dozen of the most productive coal mines in the Powder River Basin and country, Peabody, Arch, and Alpha Natural Resources, have filed for bankruptcy [7].  With the downturn in Wyoming coal, oil, and gas production, 2,400 dirty energy sector employees have lost jobs since January 1, most from the two largest coal companies [8].  Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway has furloughed 4,600 workers nationwide over the last several months, and Union Pacific Railroad has laid off 4,100 employees.  After 30-plus years of endlessly fighting coal projects, tribal and Montana activists have stopped the Otter Creek coal mine in the Powder River Basin, and the federal Surface Transportation Board has dismissed the permit for the Tongue River Railroad [9].  Agencies temporarily suspended EIS preparation for the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point near Bellingham, before the Lummi Nation and supportive Northwest tribes convinced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reject permits for the once biggest proposed coal port in North America, in defense of their Constitutionally-protected treaty rights to fishing grounds and practices [10].  And these developments represent only the most salient of recent, historic Northwest victories over extreme energy projects.

But the Washington Department of Ecology has announced three informational open houses and public hearings on the proposed Longview coal terminal draft EIS in three cities across the state. Various organizers with the Power Past Coal and Stand Up To Oil coalitions are hosting 4 pm rallies at each location, before oral testimony restarts after 5 pm agency presentations (also at 1 pm).  Please read the draft EIS on the Department of Ecology’s website, wear red, and come prepared to speak for only two minutes and/or provide comments to a court reporter and/or in written form during the meeting.

* Tuesday, May 24, 1 to 9 pm at the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center, 1900 Seventh Avenue in Longview, Washington [11]

* Thursday, May 26, 1 to 9 pm at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 West Spokane Falls Boulevard in Spokane, Washington [12]

* Thursday, June 2, 1 to 9 pm at the TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Boulevard in Pasco, Washington [13]

Although Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) is not a coal or oil coalition member organization, campaign partners have thanked us and small Idaho and Montana groups for our deep commitment, extraordinary efforts, and superlative support of Washington comrades on the anti-coal issue, and have asked us to encourage and mobilize Idahoans to attend the June 2 Pasco hearing. WIRT and Spokane allies can attest, based on our experiences of the October 2013 scoping hearing for this coal port, that we greatly need more red-shirted coal opponents to speak out at this likely industry-heavy event.  Our region-wide, several-dozen turnout last time generated much grassroots networking, local media coverage, and public awareness [14, 15].

WIRT activists are unaccustomed to, and have little faith in, working within the regulatory framework (hearings, comments, etc.) as these processes play out in reactionary Idaho, although such political organizing appears to work in more progressive states like Oregon and Washington, which have thwarted at least 15 fossil fuel infrastructure projects. We usually just take to the streets, tracks, extraction sites, offices, etc., because that is typically our only, lonely recourse in Idaho. Through government/industry dog-and-pony shows and standard-format conservation campaigns, we have seen way too much power diverted from the grassroots frontlines over the last five years.

Nonetheless, please consider RSVPing, inviting your family and friends, attending, speaking, and impressing government agencies deliberating the Millennium Bulk Terminals draft EIS at upcoming hearings, especially in Pasco on Thursday, June 2! Despite Idaho’s almost non-existent participation in Break Free Pacific Northwest actions, we are again organizing carpools and possibly renting a van, with transportation funds offered by the coalition.  Please contact WIRT soon with your questions about contributing input and filling volunteer roles at the Pasco hearing: We will do everything we can to get you there!

These hearing and comment period opportunities may provide the Northwest community’s last chance to tell the coal industry and colluded government that our public and environmental health are too important to risk. Let’s keep coal in the ground, put the last nail in the coal train coffin, and exceed record numbers of past fossil fuel infrastructure comments (the Tesoro-Savage oil terminal draft EIS prompted 289,000 comments)!  If you cannot come to one or more of these convergences, please send your written feedback on the draft environmental review to agency decision-makers by mail or online before the June 13 deadline [1, 2].

Please share the honor of your presence in coal resistance. We gratefully and eagerly anticipate seeing and hearing from you at these hearings.  Thanks!

[1] Environmental Review: Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview (MBTL) Proposal, Washington State Department of Ecology

[2] Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview NEPA/SEPA Environmental Impact Statements, Cowlitz County, Washington, Washington Department of Ecology, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

[3] Department of Ecology Report Confirms: Huge Impacts from Proposed Coal Export Terminal in Southwest Washington, April 29, 2016 Climate Solutions, Columbia Riverkeeper, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, and Washington Environmental Council

[4] Just Say No to Proposed Coal Export Terminal, May 24, 2016 Bonner County Daily Bee

[5] With Coal Prices in Steep Slide, Even Once Bullish Analyst Sees Risky Investment, February 17, 2016 Seattle Times

[6] Coal: Export Ambitions Down, But Not Out, April 26, 2016 E&E Publishing

[7] Central Appalachia Coal Production Cut in Half in Past 5 Years, April 18, 2016 SNL Data Dispatch

[8] Downturn Hits Railroads Hard, April 7, 2016 Torrington Telegram

[9] Tongue River Railroad Hits The End Of The Line! April 27, 2016 Northern Plains Resource Council

[10] Army Corps Denies Coal Terminal Permit at Cherry Point, May 9, 2016 Northwest Treaty Tribes

[11] Longview Hearing: Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Power Past Coal

[12] Spokane Hearing: Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Power Past Coal

[13] Pasco Hearing: Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Power Past Coal

[14] Millennium Bulk Terminals Scoping Hearing – Pasco, Washington: Partial Transcript and Audio, October 12, 2013 Káráni: Escribir o Volar

[15] Wild Idaho Rising Tide Breaks Down Climate Change: Highlights from Pasco Coal Train Hearing, October 14, 2013 Káráni: Escribir o Volar


Filed under: Alerts, Coal/Oil Trains/Ports
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Break Free Pacific Northwest Talks 5-25-16

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:34

The Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) shares excerpts of talks given by Swinomish, Samish, and other Salish Sea area tribal members, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, and an oil train rail line blockader at Break Free Pacific Northwest actions in Anacortes, Washington, on May 13 to 15.  Other discussions include public hearings in Longview, Spokane, and Pasco, Washington, on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed largest coal export terminal in North America, Millennium Bulk Terminals at Longview, Washington.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Break Free Northwest Events, Tar Sands Wildfires, Bill McKibben at WSU 5-18-16

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 13:00
The Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) airs the second half of a keynote address, entitled The Human Element in Nature: From Harm to Hope, and audience conversations with climate movement leader, educator, and author Bill McKibben at Washington State University on April 13.  Other discussions include a resurgence of wildfires around the tar sands extraction outpost, Fort McMurray, Alberta, and outcomes of Break Free Pacific Northwest actions in Spokane and Anacortes, Washington.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Ahmed Gaya of Break Free Pacific Northwest & Abby Brockway & Patrick Mazza of the Delta 5 5-11-16

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 08:30

The Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide gratefully shares May 9 on-air conversations with Ahmed Gaya, an organizer of the thousands-strong Break Free Pacific Northwest direct actions against two March Point oil refineries near Anacortes, Washington, on May 13 to 15, and with Abby Brockway and Patrick Mazza, two of the Delta 5 oil train blockaders in an Everett, Washington rail yard in September 2014, both with Praxis radio show producer Taylor Weech on KYRS Spokane. Ahmed, Abby, and Patrick discuss their backgrounds and reasons for climate activism and the impacts and precedents that their civil disobedience and court cases impart to fossil fuel resisters in the climate change movement.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show also covers the Fort McMurray and Alberta tar sands wildfires, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denial of a Gateway Pacific coal export terminal permit threatening Lummi Nation treaty-protected fishing rights at Cherry Point, Washington, and continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Categories: Climate Change

Are You Participating in Break Free in Anacortes & Spokane?

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 06:39

Over the last few months, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activists and allies have been working diligently at online education through various channels and on interpersonal outreach at dozens of regional events*, to mobilize hundreds of inland Northwest residents to participate in the Break Free from Fossil Fuels mass action in Anacortes, Washington, on May 13 to 15 (http://breakfreepnw.org/). After contributing copious amounts of time, energy, and funds to reach out to you and request your participation, and to contact about 60 people from Idaho and eastern Washington signed up through the Break Free Pacific Northwest website, we hope to hear from you: Are you training and traveling to Anacortes?

WIRT is forming carpools and ride shares or possibly renting a van and caravanning with activists from Montana, Idaho, and eastern Washington who plan to put their bodies in the way of the government-assisted fossil fuel industry, by non-violently protesting and/or risking arrest. Please RSVP about your travel arrangements if you have not already responded, and catch these associated, upcoming events in Spokane:

May 7: Inland NW Break Free Planning & Training Workshop

After workshops in Moscow on Tuesday evening and in Sandpoint on Wednesday evening, WIRT is holding the third Inland Northwest Break Free logistics planning and direct action training session at 4 pm on Saturday, May 7, at the Liberty Park United Methodist Church, 1526 East Eleventh Avenue in Spokane, Washington. Encouraging local empowerment and resulting strong, urgent actions against volatile oil trains, dirty coal cars, and explosive natural gas facilities, these free workshops offer guidance on:

> Personal grounding for direct actions          > Transportation and lodging options

> Knowing your rights                                    > Possible legal consequences of protests

> Action roles and tactics                               > Action planning and practice

We welcome your friends and families at these gatherings providing workshop materials, snacks, and beverages. Please forward this event announcement to your comrades and invite them to support this historic protest by attending this well-anticipated workshop and the thousands-strong Break Free action in mid-May.  For further information and to discuss these opportunities, please call, text, email, or facebook message WIRT through the enclosed contact channels.

May 12: Not Your Average Climate Rally

Activists of the Spokane community and Occupy movement are hosting a parody party of a climate rally at the intersection of North Division Street and East Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Spokane, Washington, next Thursday, May 12, from 12 noon to 1 pm. As Break Free Northwest participants converge from Montana, Idaho, and eastern Washington, to head to the Anacortes area fossil fuel resistance actions, Spokane friends are staging a fun and supportive send-off celebration with music, speakers, poetry, drumming, and dancing.  Please bring your voice, guitar or other instruments, drums, and props of solar panels, wind turbines, etc. and join us!

Onward together!

Wild Idaho Rising Tide

P.O. Box 9817, Moscow, Idaho 83843

WildIdahoRisingTide.org

Facebook.com/WildIdaho.RisingTide

Twitter.com/WildIdahoRT

208-301-8039

* This Changes Everything screenings and panel discussions in Moscow, Idaho, on March 29 and in Sandpoint, Idaho, on March 30

This Changes Everything Screenings & Panel Discussions in Moscow & Sandpoint

* The Fifth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide in Moscow, Idaho, on April 2

Fifth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide

* Bill McKibben’s keynote address for the Washington State University Humanities Week in Pullman, Washington, on April 13

April 13-14: Bill McKibben at WSU, May 13-15: Anacortes Break Free Action!

* Earth Day Spokane 2016 in Spokane, Washington, on April 23

Regional Earth Week Events: Help WIRT with Outreach!

* Stopping Coal and Oil Trains through Civil Disobedience panel discussion in Spokane, Washington, on April 23

Regional Earth Week Events: Help WIRT with Outreach!

* Inland Northwest Break Free planning and training workshops in Moscow, Idaho, on May 3, in Sandpoint, Idaho, on May 4, and in Spokane, Washington, on May 7

Inland NW Break Free Planning & Training Workshops

* WIRT’s weekly Climate Justice Forum radio program on KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT


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Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Bill McKibben WSU Speech, Fort McMurray Fire, Inland NW Break Free Workshops 5-4-16

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 13:00
The Wednesday, May 4, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) airs part of a keynote address entitled The Human Element in Nature: From Harm to Hope, presented by climate movement leader, educator, and author Bill McKibben at Washington State University on April 13.  Other discussions include the historically huge wildfires in the tar sands extraction world epicenter, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Northwest fossil fuel infrastructure projects abandoned due to public opposition, and inland Northwest Break Free planning and training workshops this week in Moscow, Sandpoint, and Spokane.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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Categories: Climate Change

Inland NW Break Free Planning & Training Workshops

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 19:30

Through the ongoing participation of Northwest fossil fuels resisters in public events, hearings, marches, and media stories, we have clearly registered our opposition to the expansion of coal, oil, and gas infrastructure projects across the region. Accelerating impacts of climate change call for ever stronger messages and unified, non-violent, civilly disobedient, direct actions.  For months, Pacific Northwest organizers have been planning a Break Free from Fossil Fuels action, a mass 350.org and allied protest of two crude oil refineries at March Point near Anacortes, Washington, on May 13 to 15, 2016 (http://breakfreepnw.org/).  Please join us in risking arrest or supporting others as part of ongoing Northwest resistance to fossil fuels.

In late March 2016, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allies promised hundreds of participants in well-attended screenings and panel discussions of the global climate activism documentary This Changes Everything in Moscow and Sandpoint, Idaho, and at WIRT’s Fifth Annual Celebration in Moscow, that we intend to stage regional direct action and kayaktivist trainings before the Anacortes uprising.  Over the last month, we have incessantly requested that our western Oregon and Washington colleagues send trainers to the inland Northwest, to further recruit, mobilize, and prepare activists for the mid-May Break Free Pacific Northwest action.  After pouring years of energy into supporting opposition to Washington state fossil fuel infrastructure projects, we are understandably eager for some West Coast input toward receptive inland Northwest frontlines.

A small team of Oregon comrades generously proposed to travel to northern Idaho and eastern Washington and present several trainings on consecutive days, among a dozen similar workshops scheduled across the region. But considering the time and expense involved in providing guidance to predictably low Idaho turnouts, they decided to cancel their plans.

Unwilling to sacrifice our networks to the strong tendency to discount interior Northwest activism, due to low participation numbers, unnecessary competition and targeted suppression from larger groups, and the limited capacity of a few climate activism organizers dismissed by their communities as too radical or criminal, WIRT is now hosting three Break Free logistics planning and direct action training convergences. Although we would prefer to concentrate our efforts on local empowerment and resulting strong, relatively urgent actions like those against tar sands megaloads and Shell Arctic drilling armadas, not to mention volatile bomb trains and explosive gas facilities, please expand our work supporting this historic protest by attending these workshops:

* Tuesday, May 3, 7 pm at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street in Moscow, Idaho

* Wednesday, May 4, 7 pm at the WIRT office, 301 North First Avenue in Sandpoint, Idaho

* Saturday, May 7, 4 pm at the Liberty Park United Methodist Church, 1526 East Eleventh Avenue in Spokane, Washington

These free, local, three-hour training and planning sessions include:

* Personal grounding for direct actions

* Possible legal consequences of protests

* Knowing your rights

* Action roles and tactics

* Action planning and practice

* Travel and lodging logistics

WIRT welcomes your friends and families at these gatherings. Trainers and organizers will provide workshop materials, snacks, and beverages.  Please wear comfortable clothes, bring a notebook, and arrive on time.  We will share a wealth of information, and some of the participants will prepare to risk arrest in Anacortes.  Discussions will include transportation options for the action, considering van rental for the north Idahoans who signed up through breakfreepnw.org and caravans with groups traveling from Montana, Spokane, and southern Idaho.

After the Break Free demonstration, we are encouraging kayaktivist trainers to support with an advance workshop another attempted flotilla action around the Lake Pend Oreille rail bridge this summer, protesting a proposed second span. WIRT activists will continue to challenge Idahoans to exercise direct action against fossil fuels, knowing that the places where change is most difficult are exactly the places where it is most needed and capable of inspiring personal initiative.

For further information or answers to questions, please call, text, email, or facebook message WIRT through the enclosed contact channels, to discuss these opportunities. We would greatly appreciate your RSVP to these workshop invitations soon.  Alert us to any transportation issues that may complicate your attendance, so we can arrange ride-shares.  Please profusely print and post the linked, color PDF version of the Inland NW Break Free Workshops Flyer, and forward this event announcement to your comrades, inviting them to these well-anticipated workshops and to the thousands-strong Break Free action in mid-May.

In solidarity and gratitude for your ongoing activism,

Wild Idaho Rising Tide

P.O. Box 9817, Moscow, Idaho 83843

WildIdahoRisingTide.org

Facebook.com/WildIdaho.RisingTide

Twitter.com/WildIdahoRT

208-301-8039


Filed under: Coal/Oil Trains/Ports, Events
Categories: Climate Change

Moscow Renaissance Fair Queen Jeanne & King Fritz, KRFP Food Booth!

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:00
Congratulations to core Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activists, friends, and founding musicians of the Moscow Volunteer Peace Band, Jeanne McHale and Fritz Knorr, whom the Moscow Renaissance Fair has selected as the 2016 Queen and King of this 43rd annual celebration of spring [1-3]!  Moscow area residents since 1980 and married almost 40 years, the royal couple have worked at Washington State University as teachers and researchers, played the melodica, tuba, and other instruments in the Peace Band, and performed with other ensembles.  They have devoted their exuberant energies over the years toward developing solar energy and educating youth about it, organizing “Ren Fair” events like the main parade, and effectively contributing through important roles toward various environmental and social justice groups and causes.  The monarchs declare: “We are so thrilled to preside over this year’s Moscow Renaissance Fair as King and Queen!  Let there be music and Spring and joy!” “King Fritz and Queen Jeanne decree that the weather this weekend will be gorgeous, and there will be peace, love, and happiness as we celebrate Spring!” Review the linked local articles, websites, and facebook pages for further information about the Ren Fair Queen and King, their long-overdue, well-deserved honor as one of the best royalty choices ever, and the free, public fair that runs from 10 am to 9 pm on Saturday, April 30, and from 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday, May 1, at East City Park, 900 East Third Street in Moscow, Idaho.  The unique, regional, self-sustaining festival features live music and dancing, a new beer and wine garden, activities for children, and many craft vendors and non-profit food booths.

Please gather at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 30, around the East City Park entrance arch, near the corner of East Third and South Monroe streets, with Peace Band and WIRT members and admirers of Jeanne and Fritz and their myriad years of serving and working with the community.  Participate with optional, whimsically Spring costumes to support their lively grand entry and promenade in their official attire of lilac gown, burgundy outfit, and accompanying headgear.  Then applaud their royal awesomeness at the welcome ceremony of the King and Queen at the Peter Basoa Stage.  Visit Fritz and Jeanne throughout fair hours at their canvas throne room facing that stage in their wonderful realm, to bask in their benevolent reign and share and enjoy the fun! When you get hungry at the Moscow Renaissance Fair this weekend, head over to the KRFP Radio Free Moscow food booth offering meat and vegetable gyros and other delicious food and drinks!  WIRT activists are staffing food preparation and service shifts as Gyro Heroes at the stand, where you can support the volunteer, community station, progressive and free speech values, and even regional climate activist collective WIRT, by purchasing lunch or dinner or offering a generous donation.  WIRT gratefully hosts the Climate Justice Forum radio program on KRFP every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, covering continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to fossil fuel energy projects. All hail Queen Jeanne and King Fritz! [1] Royal Couple Readies for Ren Fair, April 28, 2016 Moscow-Pullman Daily News [2] Moscow Renaissance Fair, Moscow Renaissance Fair website [3] 43rd Annual Moscow Renaissance Fair, Moscow Renaissance Fair facebook event
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Royal Couple Readies for Ren Fair

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 08:30

Jeanne McHale and Fritz Knorr of rural Moscow will serve as the queen and king of the Moscow Renaissance Fair on Saturday and Sunday (Geoff Crimmins/Moscow-Pullman Daily News photo).

43rd annual event adds beer and wine garden, new children’s activities

Jeanne McHale and Fritz Knorr of rural Moscow will serve as the queen and king of the Moscow Renaissance Fair on Saturday and Sunday.

Fritz Knorr and Jeanne McHale will serve as king and queen of the 43rd annual Moscow Renaissance Fair on Saturday and Sunday at East City Park.

The Moscow couple married nearly 40 years ago and both felt honored by their selection.

“We were thrilled to be asked,” said McHale, who works with Knorr in the department of chemistry at Washington State University.

Both are founding members of the Moscow Volunteer Peace Band and they often perform with other area ensembles, with Knorr playing the sousaphone and McHale on the melodica. The couple has also devoted great effort to educating area youth about solar energy and are involved in a variety of social and political causes.

The couple said they began attending the fair soon after arriving in Moscow in 1980, and they have played important roles in helping organize the event throughout the years. Knorr is listed as a main parade organizer this year.

“We live in a small town,” McHale said. “People do a whole lot. You can’t get away with not being involved.”

Royal couples are able to choose their own official attire to wear during the fair, and this year the queen will wear a lilac gown and king will don a burgundy outfit. McHale made her own shiny crown and Knorr was able to borrow headgear from a past king: Latah County Commissioner Tom Lamar.

New this year to the fair is a beer and wine garden, as well as a new offering for children where they create art that will be offered for sale.

Craft vendors have been the major source of funding for the event and the addition of beer and wine service is expected to help the fair’s nonprofit community group continue being the only self-sustaining festival of its kind in the region.

“Renaissance” in French means “rebirth,” so the fair is a way to celebrate spring, McHale said.

“This is a unique community event,” Knorr said. “And a chance for everyone to have some fun.”

Virtually all of the food booths are sponsored by other area nonprofits.

The Moscow Renaissance Fair runs 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Visit http://www.moscowrenfair.org for details.

(By Terri Harber, Moscow-Pullman Daily News)


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Climate Justice Forum: Stopping Coal & Oil Trains through Civil Disobedience 4-27-16

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 12:30

The Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide offers a recording of the free, public panel discussion Stopping Coal and Oil Trains through Civil Disobedience: Stories of Courage on the Front Lines of Climate Change, hosted by Direct Action Spokane on April 23 at Spokane Community College.  Featured speakers describing the motivations and logistics of direct confrontations of the perpetrators of catastrophic climate change include Ken Ward, 2013 lobster boat blockader of a coal barge and co-founder of the Climate Disobedience Center, Mike LaPointe and Jackie Minchew, 2014 Delta 5 oil train blockaders, and Dylan Thompson, an Eugene, Oregon organizer of Deep Green Resistance.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Regional Earth Week Events: Help WIRT with Outreach!

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:15

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activists are participating in several events this week, for which we are still seeking volunteers: Please join us!

Wednesday, April 20, 11 am – 3 pm:

Bike Fix & Sustainability Showcase

The University of Idaho (UI) Sustainability Center in Moscow, Idaho, is hosting Earth Fest 2016 events this week [1]. At the Spring 2016 Bike Fix and Sustainability Showcase, participants can receive free tune-ups and advice about their bicycles, while they learn about local cycling opportunities and campus and community organizations making a difference.  Meet us at the WIRT table on the UI Commons Plaza outside Einstein’s Coffee, to set-up early at 10:30 am, to distribute information and obtain pledges for the Break Free Northwest mass action in Anacortes in mid-May [2], to answer questions about WIRT campaigns, activities, and opportunities, and to interact with the university community.  WIRT will bring all of the necessary display and information supplies, to assist volunteers in successfully accommodating on-site visitors and closing by 4 pm.  Contact WIRT to pitch in!

[1] Love Your Earth: Earth Fest 2016, University of Idaho Sustainability Center

[2] Break Free: PNW, Break Free Pacific Northwest

Wednesday, April 20, 1:30 pm:

Praxis Interview of Ken Ward on Climate Justice Forum

The Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide gratefully shares an April 18 on-air interview of Climate Disobedience Center co-founder and Greenpeace USA deputy director Ken Ward, by Praxis radio show host Taylor Weech on KYRS Spokane [2].  Their conversation explores the use of direct action and civil disobedience to address catastrophic climate change, to tackle the growth machine killing our only home, and to remain human among these morally strenuous tasks.  Ken and Taylor discuss his 2013 blockade of a coal barge with a lobster boat and Jay O’Hara, other direct actions, and his April 23 Spokane presentation with Jackie Minchew, of the 2014 Delta 5 oil train blockaders, and Matt Fuller of the 2015 sHellNo! Arctic drilling protests.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

[3] Praxis 173: Ken Ward, Climate Disobedience and Direct Action, Praxis Radio

Friday, April 22:

Washington State University 2016 Earth Day Fair

WIRT volunteers still needed! The Associated Students of Washington State University (ASWSU) Environmental Sustainability Alliance are providing great opportunities on Earth Day to show the many ways that the people of the Palouse are working to address environmental issues [4].  They cordially invite interested student and community organizations to join them at the 2016 Washington State University (WSU) Earth Day Fair on the Glenn Terrell Mall of the WSU Pullman campus, to promote sustainability and environmental awareness and involvement.  Celebrating Earth Day outdoors on Friday, April 22, the annual event from 10 am to 2:30 pm offers free stickers, t-shirts, water bottles, and other handouts and approximately 30 reserved tables for groups leading special service projects, handing out food, and teaching ways to become more eco-friendly.  Table set-up occurs between 8:30 and 10 am, and break-down from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.  The noon hour until 1 pm features an open mic for participants on the Todd Hall steps.

[4] WSU 2016 Earth Day Fair, ASWSU Environmental Sustainability Alliance

Saturday, April 23:

Earth Day Spokane 2016

Bring your family and friends to honor the beautiful Earth at the public festival hosted by Earth Day Spokane, Dome Vizion, HeadyWorks, and The Lands Council, at Spokane Riverfront Park, 507 North Howard Street in Spokane [5-7]. On Saturday, April 23, between 10 am and 4:30 pm, you can visit and support community groups and businesses at their booths, enjoy some food, listen to live music played by numerous bands, join the Procession of the Species full of animal costumes and masks at 2:30 pm, and partake in other scheduled main events.  Later, check out Earth Night from 4:30 to 9 pm with more music, visuals, dancing, and an evening documentary at 8 pm in the Headyworks Dome.  Earth Day Spokane is coordinated by all grassroots, hard-working volunteers without a big budget.  It strives to raise environmental awareness, celebrate our planet and its natural resources, and promote sustainable, healthy living for people of all walks of life.  A WIRT volunteer is assisting our outreach at this event, but the more the merrier: contact us to help!

[5] Earth Day 2016 official website, Earth Day Spokane

[6] Earth Day 2016 facebook event, Earth Day Spokane

[7] Earth Day Spokane video, Dancing Crow Media

Saturday, April 23:

Stopping Coal & Oil Trains through Civil Disobedience

A great way to celebrate Earth Day, please plan to attend and circulate the linked flyer and news of this free, public event, Stopping Coal and Oil Trains through Civil Disobedience: Stories of Courage on the Front Lines of Climate Change, hosted by Direct Action Spokane at 7 pm on Saturday, April 23, in the Lair Student Center of Spokane Community College, 1810 North Greene Street in Spokane [8, 9].  Featured speakers include Ken Ward, lobster boat blockader of a coal barge and co-founder of the Climate Disobedience Center [10, 11], Jackie Minchew, a Delta 5 oil train blockader [12], and Matt Fuller, a sHellNo! Arctic drilling ship anchor chain occupier [13].  Contact Direct Action Spokane for further information at info@directactionspokane.org or see the website directactionspokane.org.

[8] Stopping Coal and Oil Trains through Civil Disobedience, Direct Action Spokane

[9] Stopping Coal and Oil Trains through Civil Disobedience, WIRT facebook post

[10] Lobster Boat Blockade: The Action, Lobster Boat Blockade

[11] Climate Disobedience Center, Climate Disobedience Center

[12] Stand with the Delta 5, Delta 5

[13] #ShellNo Activists Have Been Attached to a Shell Arctic Vessel’s Anchor Chain in Bellingham Since Last Night, May 23, 2015 The Stranger


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Climate Justice Forum: Ken Ward 4-20-16

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:15
The Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide gratefully shares an April 18 on-air interview of Climate Disobedience Center co-founder and Greenpeace USA deputy director Ken Ward, by Praxis radio show host Taylor Weech on KYRS Spokane.  Their conversation explores the use of direct action and civil disobedience to address catastrophic climate change, to tackle the growth machine killing our only home, and to remain human among these morally strenuous tasks.  Ken and Taylor discuss his 2013 blockade of a coal barge with a lobster boat and Jay O’Hara, other direct actions, and his April 23 Spokane presentation with Jackie Minchew, of the 2014 Delta 5 oil train blockaders, and Matt Fuller of the 2015 sHellNo! Arctic drilling protests.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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Climate Justice Forum: Port of Vancouver Oil Terminal Lease, Youth Climate Change Lawsuit, & Earth Week Events 4-13-16

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:04
The Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses the Port of Vancouver Commission hearing on a Tesoro Savage oil terminal lease amendment, a federal court decision allowing a climate change lawsuit brought by 21 youths to proceed, and upcoming Earth Week events including a WIRT Sandpoint office-warming party, Earth Day Spokane 2016, and a panel discussion about civil disobedience against coal and oil trains.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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April 13-14: Bill McKibben at WSU, May 13-15: Anacortes Break Free Action!

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:00

April 13-14: Bill McKibben at WSU

Climate movement leader, educator, and author Bill McKibben is speaking twice for Humanities Week at Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman [1]. In the wake of well-attended screenings and panel discussions of the global climate activism documentary This Changes Everything in Moscow and Sandpoint in late March, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and regional allies anticipate that McKibben can further mobilize inland Northwest residents to participate in the 350.org-initiated Break Free from Fossil Fuels mass action in Anacortes, Washington, in mid-May [2]. WIRT is calling on you and all volunteers to assist with distributing the attached quarter-sheet flyers outside both WSU events, to recruit more involvement in the already hundreds-strong Break Free Pacific Northwest demonstration of fossil fuel resistance: Please contact WIRT if you can help.

April 13: Humanities Week keynote address: ‘The Human Element in Nature: From Harm to Hope’ at 5:30 pm on Wednesday in the CUB senior ballroom

April 14: Foley Institute Coffee and Politics talk: ‘Report from the Front Lines of Climate Change’ at noon on Thursday in Bryan Hall 308

May 13-15: Anacortes Break Free Action

“We are in a kind of climate emergency now,” struggling to stay below 1.5°C of warming, to avoid radical climate destabilization [3]. No current policies keep us anywhere near this goal: We are barreling towards double that temperature, leaving us with a broken world. This has to change, and we have to lead: We have to Break Free from Fossil Fuels! [4] This global climate movement initiative aims to shut down the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects and support the most ambitious climate solutions.

In the Northwest, we are breaking free by taking on the region’s biggest carbon bomb: the Shell and Tesoro refineries at March Point in northern Washington. Combined, these facilities refine 47 percent of all the gasoline and diesel consumed in the region, and produce the largest, unaddressed point source of carbon pollution in the Northwest. They are an integral part of the system that we must change – within years, not decades.

Join us for regional mobilization and a mass action outside these refineries on May 13, 14, and 15, to demand that we Break Free from Big Oil and speed up a just transition to 100 percent renewable energy. By land and by sea, we will stage creative and inspirational sit-ins, blockades, and kayaktivism. For people who prefer to not engage in civil disobedience, support roles and general opportunities for participation are essential to this action. WIRT and allied carpoolers, caravaners, and protesters risking arrest or not are traveling from Missoula, Sandpoint, and Spokane to Anacortes for this Break Free Pacific Northwest mass action.

We hope that you can play a part in this powerful movement moment. Plans are coming together quickly: In just the last month, 600 people have signed the pledge, 200 are willing to engage in civil disobedience on the sea or land, and 30 groups have joined as coalition members. After you sign up, could you share Break Free PNW on facebook? [5] Copy this text or write your own: “We have to stay below 1.5°C of warming, to avoid radical climate destabilization. No current policies keep us anywhere near this goal.”

Break Free from Fossil Fuels is about more than one action. It is about accelerating our movement to take on and defeat the fossil fuel industry and the political powers behind it. It is time to shift the public narrative off fossil fuels to the possibilities, necessity, and urgency of a rapid and just energy transition. We encourage you to join us, as we together #breakfree!

[1] April 8-14 Humanities Week: Human Impact on Nature, March 28, 2016 Washington State University College of Arts and Sciences

[2] Bill McKibben: It’s Time to Break Free from Fossil Fuels, April 8, 2016 Ecowatch

[3] NASA Drops Major Bomb in ‘March Toward Ever-Warmer Planet’, March 14, 2016 Common Dreams

[4] Break Free: PNW, Break Free Pacific Northwest

[5] Break Free PNW #KeepItInTheGround #BreakFree, Break Free Pacific Northwest


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End the Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal Lease!

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 11:20

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, Port of Vancouver Commissioners are conducting another public hearing [1].  The lease for the largest crude oil-by-rail transfer, storage, and shipping terminal in North America – Vancouver Energy proposed by Tesoro Corporation and Savage Companies for Vancouver, Washington – expires on August 1.  But Vancouver Energy proponents are requesting, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway is supporting (and attending the hearing), and the Port Commissioners are considering a lease amendment extending the government approval contingency period of the lease by two years and providing an additional 30 months to resolve any approval appeals, decreasing higher monthly rent after August 1, foregoing operation of a second Tesoro Savage oil facility at the port, and allowing port use of Vancouver Energy premises during the extended contingency period [2].

Initially approving the Vancouver Energy lease in 2013, the Commissioners assumed that the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) would complete its project review within 12 months per state law. In its third year of this arduous process, complicated and prolonged by widespread public resistance, Vancouver Energy has not obtained the government approvals necessary to build the terminal, as required by its Port of Vancouver lease.  The terms of the original lease, which the Commissioners wisely negotiated and Vancouver Energy accepted, include the option for both parties to terminate the lease on or before August 1 “without further cost or obligation.”  The Port Commissioners must decide by August whether they will use this critical opportunity to end the Tesoro Savage lease and thus lead the Northwest and the nation towards a clean, independent, and secure energy future.  Otherwise, they lose this option.

Last Wednesday, April 6, Port of Vancouver staff significantly recommended against extending the Vancouver Energy lease; they will present their objections at the April 12 Port Commission meeting.  Reconvening its April 12 regular meeting at 1 pm on Friday, April 15, at the Port’s administrative office, the Board of Commissioners will consider and likely take action on the lease amendment, without further on-site public comments.

Meanwhile, the Vancouver Port Commissioners need to know and understand that the region supports their positive, strong action to terminate the lease for the dangerous, dead-end Tesoro Savage project. Such encouragement must come from local and up-track community residents, tribal members, labor representatives, health professionals, firefighting and emergency personnel, business people, elected officials, faith leaders, and climate activists.  Vancouver Energy oil terminal opponents of every perspective have packed each hearing to date and must again assert their concerns before Friday.

Please comment in-person or online about the proposed Port of Vancouver lease amendment requested by Tesoro and Savage for their Vancouver Energy oil-by-rail terminal!  Ask the Port Commissioners to end the lease by August 1, as terminal proponents will not have acquired all of the necessary approvals by then to continue their joint venture.  Explain how crude oil trains increasingly expose you and your family, friends, community, and environment to unnecessary risks and climate change that the Commissioners can help us all to avert.

For sample discussion points for your comments to the Port of Vancouver Commissioners, draw from these ideas and visit the Stand Up to Oil and Columbia Riverkeeper websites [3, 4]:

* The controversial Vancouver Energy oil terminal proposal and associated trains pose well-known, unacceptable risks to communities and environments from the Bakken shale fields and Alberta tar sands to the Port of Vancouver.  These potentially explosive trains would devastate public and environmental health and safety, air and water quality, wildlife habitat, and vulnerable species, if they derailed.

* The Tesoro Savage oil terminal proposal faces expanding resistance and uncertainty of government approval. Through written and oral comments in 2016 alone, over 289,000 people strongly urged Washington’s EFSEC to deny recommendation of the project to decision-maker Governor Inslee.  The Port Commission has ample citizen-offered information to reach a defensible decision rejecting the Vancouver Energy lease amendment and lease by August 1.

* The clear relinquishment terms of the Vancouver Energy lease provide the Port Commissioners with a great opportunity to show vision and exercise leadership by terminating the lease. Communities impacted or jeopardized by oil trains, ships, refineries, and other facilities across the Northwest and along the West Coast would broadly appreciate and support such a decision.

* The Port of Vancouver could seek better opportunities than assisting the financially vulnerable oil industry and declining world oil market.  Maintaining a lease for a proposed oil terminal with decreasing economic feasibility and dwindling probabilities of securing government approval and generating employment could cost the Port lost alternative opportunities.

Alert your associates to attend this Port hearing, and participate between 9:30 am and 9 pm or until the last speaker on Tuesday, April 12. The doors to the Gaiser Student Center in Gaiser Hall at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver, open at 8 am for the regular Commission meeting, followed by spoken public testimony throughout the day and evening, selected by lottery from tickets available until 7 pm.

Send your written input, urging rejection of the Vancouver Energy lease amendment and termination of the lease, to Commissioners Eric LaBrant, Jerry Oliver, and Brian Wolfe via email at povcommissioners@portvanusa.com, by mail at Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners, 3103 Northwest Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA 98660, or by phone with contact information from the Port office at 360-693-3611.  Thanks!

[1] Port Staff: Don’t Renegotiate Oil Terminal Contract, April 6, 2016 The Columbian

[2] Port of Vancouver to Recommend Board of Commissioners Decline Vancouver Energy Lease Amendment, April 6, 2016 Port of Vancouver USA

[3] Port of Vancouver: End the Oil Lease. We’ll Stand with You., undated Columbia Riverkeeper

[4] Tell the Port of Vancouver: End the Oil Lease!, undated Stand Up to Oil


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