The Washington State Senate is considering what?
February 20, 2015

Big Coal has big dirty plans for Longview, Washington that would cost taxpayers millions of dollars. In fact, $85 million dollars of state money could get funneled to rail improvements directly benefiting Millennium Bulk Terminals’ proposed coal export project in Longview. Shouldn’t the coal company be footing the bill instead?
On top of that, big oil companies are trying to stop progress on clean fuels by taking away transit funding in the bill if a clean fuels standard moves forward.  We need both clean fuels and transit – not one or the other. We need everyone to act now—Washington taxpayers shouldn’t have to choose between cleaner fuels and more public transit. And we sure shouldn't be forced to pay for coal export.
We need to act fast to oppose this transportation package! Legislators could vote as soon as today.

Call the Legislative Hotline at: 1-800-562-6000 and ask to leave a message for your senator.

Tell him or her: "We need clean fuels and transit funding, not  $85 million of funding for a rail project in Cowlitz county that is tied to the coal export project."
Please act now! The Washington State transportation package should fund positive transportation improvements, not pave the way for coal export and oil company profits.Washington’s extremely limited transportation budget shouldn’t be diverted towards proposed coal export projects.

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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.


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