Tesoro protest in Vancouver, WA June 2017


People power. For the win.

People Powered Victory!

Tesoro denied

We did it! Governor Inslee made a landmark decision today when he rejected the largest proposed oil train terminal in the United States. This is a major victory for our climate and communities. Governor Inslee determined that the project poses unacceptable risks to the health, safety, and sustainability of communities throughout the Northwest. Moreover, this makes space in Vancouver for projects that are good for the community.

Join us in thanking Governor Inslee for protecting the Pacific Northwest from one of the most reckless proposals in its history.

You made this victory possible. You spoke up, attended hearings, knocked on doors, and called your neighbors. You made Tesoro-Savage the most opposed project in the history of Washington’s Energy Council, with over 300,000 comments urging denial of the proposal. Along the way, you became part of the Stand Up To Oil campaign. And, together, we have defeated every major oil train proposal in the Northwest. You created a movement to thwart fossil fuels at a time when federal agencies roll out the red carpet for Big Coal, Big Oil, and the fracked gas industry.

We salute the incredible work of Columbia River Tribes that stood up to oil-by-rail. We also salute the tireless work of countless people across the Northwest. Our community organizers empowered the public and turned out record-breaking crowds to hearing after hearing, and the brilliant attorneys from Earthjustice shined throughout this long fight.

From tribal nations, to business owners, nurses, fishermen, pastors, mayors, kids and so many more who spoke out passionately about our collective future, the power of the people prevailed over Big Oil. Savor this sweet victory. And let this victory inspire you to keep fighting to protect our climate, clean water, and the health and safety of our communities. We are indeed communities fueling change!

We look forward to building on this momentum with you in 2018 and beyond.

Joëlle Robinson's picture

Field Director

, Climate Solutions

Joëlle engages citizens and diverse constituencies—faith, health, veteran, youth, parents, sportsmen, business—to make their voices heard for climate solutions. She led local field work collaboration with our partners toward passing a federal climate bill, and is currently working to ensure we stop any coal export from the U.S. West Coast.

Joëlle was the Regional Outreach Coordinator of National Wildlife Federation where she focused on mobilizing hunters, anglers and concerned citizens around solutions to global warming. Previous work with Climate Solutions includes the NW Climate Connections partnership, serving as the Field Assistant for the successful Clean Cars campaign, and Field Director of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which passed in April 2006.

She is a board member of Earth Ministry and on the Advisory Board for the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative. She previously served on the Solar Washington board and Sierra Club Executive Committee.

Joëlle is a Northwest native who loves to hike, bike, dance, paraglide, and travel. Her favorite quote is “Hope is borne of participating in hopeful solutions.” — Marianne Williamson.