We all spoke up - and Washington legislators listened
April 16, 2015

Last week we spread the word about a little-noticed $85 million giveaway to coal companies hidden in the Washington State Senate’s Transportation package.

Many of you responded in force – and it worked. The House removed the coal project from their version of the proposal.

Now, will you help us say thanks to the leaders that helped make this happen? Governor Inslee, House Transportation Chair Judy Clibborn, and other members of the Transportation Committee all helped remove this unacceptable provision that would have paid for a rail crossing to benefit the proposed coal export terminal in Longview.

There were many problems with the Senate’s transportation proposal – the poison pill pitting clean fuels and transit funding against each other being the most prominent – so it would have been easy for the coal subsidy to get lost in the shuffle.  But it didn’t.

Please email Governor Inslee, Rep. Clibborn, and the other transportation leaders to thank them for standing strong against needless giveaways to the coal industry.

Here's a reminder of what was at stake:

The Senate included a little-noticed $85 million giveaway to coal companies in their transportation package. This provision would have paid for a rail crossing that would see significant use only if the Longview coal terminal moves forward. As you know, that speculative coal export terminal project has been in the planning phase since 2010, and is a terrible deal for all of us from a pollution, traffic, and climate perspective.

Thank you so much for speaking out and making a difference. Please thank the leaders that helped prevent this giveaway!

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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.