UTC Hearing for PSE IRP

PSE has plans to keep using its Rosebud County, Montana, Colstrip generating station for at least 20 years, despite problems stemming from its pollution. According to experts, the coal burning power plant has caused premature death and suffering.

Last Thursday (the 10th of October) I sat through almost 5 hours of testimony about the Puget Sound Energy Colstrip generating station. The testimony was unanimously opposed to Colstrip. In the nearly 5 hours of unanimous testimony, there was not one comment made about the geographic proximity of the facility to the town of Lame Deer Montana. Lame Dear is the center of the Northern Cheyenne tribal government.

This past summer I drove by Colstrip and noticed worsening air pollution for hundreds of miles upon my approach, and then once having passed by the coal mega-burner, skies became markedly more clear.

I testified toward the end of the meeting. Commissioners had been asking people if they and their friends/family/organizational constituents would be willing to pay 2% more given a possible PSE shift away from their coal burn.

I found that to be insulting. I think PSE should apologize and compensate the victims.

If every person on the planet consumed as much as the American average, the amount of resources of five Earth equivalent planets worth would be necessary to supply demand.

PSE is a wealthy company, they can afford to make necessary changes in order to ensure their operations are absolutely sustainable. If you ask me, it's about time.

Congressman Denny Heck at Olympia Farmers Market

Congressman Denny Heck Olympia September 2013
Olympia Farmers Market, 5 September 2013—Congressman Denny Heck met with a throng of consituents; in the above photo, he listened to Christine Hartman's urging against using the military for strikes in Syria.

Works in Progress

Dr. Wendy Ring MD, MPH, Climate 911: The Health Effects of Climate Change

99 minutes,

Dr. Wendy Ring visited Olympia in July, on the first leg of her continental bicycle tour to Washington D.C. on a route to follow the coal trains, and Keystone XL Pipeline, and other prominent features of the fossil fuel industry. The goal of her journey is to raise awareness amongst the healthcare community of the health effects of climate change. For more information about her effort please visit Climate 911: What's the emergency?.

Dr. Ring's Olympia presentation was sponsored by Physcians for Social Responsibility, Transition Olympia, and Olympia F.O.R.

Port of Olympia Bond Measure

The Port of Olympia has been trying to decide about whether to sell some bonds to support some projects they are working on. Projects include environmental clean-up relating to the Weyerhauser logyard, as well as dredging to accomodate the relatively massive ships (Port of Olympia speaking,) that have been bringing in the ceramic proppants for fracking (a form of extreme fossil fuel extraction being practiced in the region of the North Dakota Bakken oil shale formation.) The Port will accept written comments until Friday the 19th at 5pm. Instructions for submitting them, along with some more background information, here:

They have directed comment to their website here:

Or, written comments can be submitted to
915 Washington St. NE
Olympia, Washington 98501

Information on the Port website on the public comment period

The Port's Capital Investment Plan:
My comments submitted to the port, somewhat edited for clarity (sorry,) follow:

Stand with Edward Snowden Rally Photos

Stand with Snowden rally photos, by the Capitol Campus, Tivoli Fountain, Legislative Building...

Gathering in Olympia Washington, Thursday the Fourth of July 2013, to support Snowden, Manning, and other whistleblowers (like Daniel Ellsberg,) who have been exposing misbehavior of government and big corporations. —"And the truth shall set you free."

More information from Facebook Event Page, here

Rainbow U

tags: photography, nsa, government, surveillance, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, whistleblower, truth teller,

West Bay Drive Scenery

Inspired by CIA Guy's post about Westbay Drive:

State Capitol Campus Legislative Building Dome with 4th Avenue bridge in foreground
State Capitol Campus Legislative Building Dome with 4th Avenue bridge in foreground

Loaded Log Carrier at Port of Olympia Marine Terminal
Loaded Log Carrier at Port of Olympia Marine Terminal

Deforestation plays a significant role in global warming (Internet Search).

Silver Lake Alongside Port of Olympia Marine Terminal Pier
Silver Lake Alongside Port of Olympia Marine Terminal Pier

See large size (5586x1040) version below the fold.

Sunday 9 June 2013, 180º panorama, from West Bay Rotary Park, including view of State Capitol Temple of Justice and Legislative Building Dome, and Port of Olympia with MV Silver Lake, mostly loaded log carrier ship alongside Marine Terminal pier.

Universal Healthcare Hearing in the State House Today

Updated with video from TVW:

A hearing on single-payer health care is scheduled for this afternoon, Friday, February 1 at 1:30 p.m. in House Hearing Room B in the O'Brien Building on the Capital campus in Olympia.  The bill is House Bill 1085.

If you can't be there, then it will be available on TVW:

and now for a few photos from past healthcare rallies:

Seattle, May 2009

Rally: Health Care for ALL
Olympia, August 2009

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