fossil fuels

Images of the Centralia Steam Plant

Last Friday, after a shift on the job in the area, I visited the Centralia Steam Plant. I watched for nearly a couple hours in the evening light as dusk and then darkness fell. Here's some timelapse video footage and a still shot of the scene.


youtu.be/ShDUCAiixZE

By the Centralia Steam Plant

Centralia Steam Plant

Back in April I posted some photos of the steam plant. I visited the plant again last week, at night, and thought the night scene was interesting, so I will post a couple more versions, including another day time photo. I also got photos (and video, currently working on that,) of coal trains running North. Both were loaded, presumably heading for Roberts Bank, Vancouver B.C.. Empty coal trains also run North, after unloading at Centralia, or perhaps the Boardman (Oregon) plant too? The trains are truly awesome. It is too bad that they being used for such a narrow and short-sighted, reckless, wanton, dangerous, and environmentally destructive purpose as burning fossil fuels as fast as physically possible!!! Of course, all the benefits, for those of us in the 20% (or whatever it is) of the world's privileged population, are just great! (---sorry future generations.): And of course, if you're in the royal class of the 1%, it's never been better! Burn away! Full speed ahead! Pity on those poor desperate pawns.

Centralia Steam Plant
night

and day:
Centralia Electric Generating Station Steam Plant I

Large size versions below:

Proppants Short Train


Short Train of Proppants plus two box cars , 5 hoppers plus two boxcars: trains of at least twenty hopper cars filled with proppant have been seen exiting the port. Recently, some states have confirmed water pollution from fracking, four of them are Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virgina, and Ohio.

Train Carries Proppants for Oil Fracking Through Downtown Olympia


Video from April 2014, Tacoma Rail locomotives 3801 and 3802 carry hopper cars loaded with proppants, shipped from China, from the Port of Olympia. The proppants were destined for the oil fracking region of the Bakken formation, Western North Dakota and Eastern Montana.

Video will play on TCTV Channel 22:
Wednesday 5/14/2014, 11:00 PM, Channel 22
Saturday 5/17/2014, 12:30 AM, Channel 22
Tuesday 5/20/2014, 11:00 PM, Channel 22
Friday 5/23/2014, 6:30 PM, Channel 22
Saturday 5/24/2014, 10:30 PM, Channel 22
Sunday 5/25/2014, 4:30 PM, Channel 22
Tuesday 5/27/2014, 3:30 PM, Channel 22
Friday 5/30/2014, 9:30 PM, Channel 22

Pipeline on Rails


Tuesday 13 May 2014, Yelm Highway, Amtrak Centennial Station, Thurston County, Washington State--BNSF Oil Train, Northbound (Most of the action is in the first four minutes. At 10:00 minutes in, the train passes out of sight, around the curve at St. Clair, right across the road from McAllister Springs, as it heads through Nisqually Reservation.)

sorry haven't been posting here as much, been busy, been posting more videos on my YouTube account, too.

Inventana

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


99 minutes, http://youtu.be/ThK9EJlNOLc

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.

Ghostbusters Clouds Over Olympia

Clouds over 5th Avenue in Olympia...glaciers, greenhouse gasses, and global warming
Clouds seen over 5th Avenue in Olympia, outside of Traditions Fair Trade, where I was to watch the must see film Chasing Ice, about glaciers, greenhouse gasses, and global warming.

I have been calling these types of clouds "Ghostbusters Clouds," and have been seeing them more and more often, sometimes associated with clouds that do not seem to be of the thunderstorm variety, though that is their usual association. They are technically referred to as "mammatus."

more photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwhitlock/ (more photos from Friday 21 June 2013)

Global warming means changing weather patterns and extreme weather events.

Visit www.facebook.com/pages/Olympia-Confronting-the-Climate-Crisis/486300664775244 for more information.

Thurston County Send Letter Requesting Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Thurston County Fossil Fuels Divestment Letter 

April 19, 2013

Mr. Jim McIntire, Chair
Washington State Investment Board
P.O. Box 40916
Olympia, WA 98504-0916

Dear Chair McIntire, 

…Thurston County's Contributions to the Commingled Trust Fund, managed by the Washington State Investment Board (WSIB), are being used to invest in companies and/or portfolios engaged with fossil fuel extraction, production, transport, or other aspects of this environmentally damaging pursuit.

It has been brought to our attention by a local citizens group, the Olympia Chapter of FOR (Fellowship of Reconciliation) that the Commingled Trust Fund report for 2011 shows, among others, the following investments in fossil fuel companies: Exxon Mobil, $231.76 million; BP Amoco, $90.143 million; Canadian Oil Sands, $61.128 million; Diamond Offshore Drilling, $54.152 million; and Chesapeake Energy Corp., $52.749 million. This information is distressing during a time when we are all working so diligently to reduce our carbon footprint and our dependence on fossil fuels.

We support the experts who agree that climate change is caused by humans burning fossil fuels, and will continue to accelerate and intensify climate disasters. The scientific consensus is clear, we cannot safely burn even half of the global fossil fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years.

Therefore, it is our request that the WSIB stop investing the money our county contributes to the Commingled Trust Fund in the above mentioned companies and other fossil fuel companies, and to be divested within five years from direct ownership and from any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds.

Furthermore, we support the actions of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn as he ahs led the divestment campaign in Washington by directing the Seattle City Employees' Retirement Board to refrain from future investments in fossil fuel companies, and begin the process of divesting Seattle's pension portfolio from these companies. We request that the WSIB follow this example of leadership. 

Sincerely, 
Sandra Romero, Chair

Cathy Wolfe, Vice Chair

Karen Valenzuela, CommissionerStatement from Olympia Confronting the Climate Crisis (a project of the Olympia F.O.R.:)

The Thurston County Commissioners have begun the process of divesting the County's contribution to the state Commingled Trust Fund from fossil fuels. In their letter to Jim McIntire, Chair of the Washington State Investment Board, they say, "It has been brought to our attention by a local citizens group, the Olympia Chapter of FOR, that the Commingled Trust Fund report for 2011 shows [and then they quote Ted's research on the Commingled Trust Fund's investments in fossil fuels]. This information is distressing during a time when we are all working so diligently to reduce our carbon footprint and our dependence on fossil fuels.

We support the experts who agree that climate change is caused by humans burning fossil fuels and will continue to accelerate and intensify tragic climate disasters. The scientific consensus is clear; we cannot safely burn even half of the global fossil fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years."

The Commissioners did what we asked: they requested that the WSIB stop investing the money our county contributes to the Commingled Trust Fund in fossil fuel companies, and be expediently divested within five years from direct ownership and from any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds. They also said that they support the actions of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn in directing the Seattle City Employees' Retirement Board to divest from fossil fuel companies. "We request that the WSIB follow this example of leadership."

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