Despite more than a dozen major oil train disasters in the past few years, Big Oil continues to push to build new infrastructure to extract, transport and refine crude oil.
Right now, Shell Oil wants to add an oil-by-rail facility, bringing six more oil trains per week and 60,000 barrels per day through Seattle!
Help us gear up this summer to fight back!
Join Sierra Club and special guest City Councilmember Mike O'Brien at Peddler Brewing Company (1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA 98107) on July 12 to help #StopOilTrains from coming through our Emerald City! The event runs 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and appetizers will be provided.
The Washington State Department of Ecology recently released an updated draft of its Clean Air Rule, requiring reductions in carbon pollution from Washington's largest polluters. While a step in the right direction, the proposed rule does not go nearly far enough in reducing the carbon pollution that threatens our climate and our families.
Ecology is now accepting public comments on their updated draft and will be hosting two in-person hearings on July 12 in Spokane and July 14 in Olympia. We need your help to ensure these hearings are filled with the voices of the moms, dads and children who support clean air and robust climate action.
The Clean Air Rule is an opportunity for Washington to hold its largest polluters accountable for their emissions. Ecology needs to know Washington families can't wait any longer for clean air. We need Ecology to set limits on greenhouse gasses based on the best available science.
If you are willing to speak for three to four minutes at either the July 12 Spokane or July 14 Olympia hearings, please contact us here. We will ensure you are on the speaking schedule for the hearings, provide you background materials, and even help you prepare your comments if you like.
We can assure you the fossil fuel industry will be at these hearings in full force and but they won't be thinking about the health and well-being of our kids. With your help, we can make a difference in our children’s climate future.
If you can't to attend a hearing you can still add your voice on a need for a strong science-based Clean Air Rule in Washington. Submit your comments here by July 22.
On this awesome day of celebrating Dad, there's no greener gift than a big hug and a kiss and a thank you for being such a CoolDad!
The Sierra Club has asked CoolMom Executive Director Cheri Cornell and her son Ethan to testify on the issue of intergenerational equity as it applies to the federal coal leasing program. The Department of the Interior is holding hearings on its coal leasing program in Seattle on June 21, 2016.
Please join Cheri and Ethan at a pre-hearing rally in Westlake Park at 9 a.m. (Be sure to wear red.) The Department of Interior hearings are at the Seattle Sheraton at 10 a.m.
The fossil fuel industry will be there at the hearings, and you can bet that they won’t be representing your child’s interest in a healthy climate. CoolMom, on the other hand, will be there to ensure that everyone understands that our concerns about air pollution and global warming should be at the center of any decision to use federal lands to support the coal industry.
On Saturday, June 18, support the families of Mosier, Oregon, by participating in the Fossil Fuel Resistance Action taking place in the greater Portland area. Check out the Facebook event here.
To help organizers plan the event, please sign up here.
On Friday, June 3, a Union Pacific train carrying crude oil fracked from the Bakken Shale derailed and caught fire in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier, Oregon. The surrounding neighborhood, including an elementary school, was evacuated. Oil spilled into the Columbia River and the fire burned into the night.
On July 6, 2013, an oil train derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec leaving 47 dead. More than 30 buildings were destroyed and 36 more were demolished due to contamination.
The time to resist fossil fuel transport and demand a just transition to sustainable energy sources is now. Join families from Washington and Oregon in a direct action against the exploitative and dangerous transportation of fossil fuels by rail!