Mount Baker: Whatcom • Skagit • SanJuan

Contact the Group
email:

MtBaker@washington.sierraclub.org

Group Events Calendar
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS

Chair: Judith Akins

Vice-Chair: Stan Parker

Secretary: Nora Weaver

Treasurer: Natalie McClendon

Mentor for Committees: Bob Aegerter

NEXT BUSINESS MEETING

Monday, February 9, 6:30-8:30 pm, 4682 Wynn Road, Bellingham 98226. All members are welcome to attend and participate in the meeting. Call Chair Judith Akins at 360-982-8599 with questions.

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BREAKING: Coal-Free PSE ACTION
A bill to retire PSE's dirty Colstrip coal plant is being introduced to the Washington State legislature soon. We need to make sure that the bill is significantly improved to ensure that the retirement timeline is suitable and the coal fired power is replaced with clean energy. Contact your legislator HERE

LOBBY YOUR LEGISLATOR ON FEBRUARY 11 IN OLYMPIA
Bob Aegerter is leading a carpool to the Capitol to lobby legislators on Colstrip retirement on Wednesday February 11th. We will be meeting with key legislators and dropping off literature to other legislative offices. Travel expenses reimbursed. Contact Bob ASAP to confirm a seat in the car: boba@openaccess.org


CALL TO ACTION
TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP --THE DEATH OF GOOD PAYING JOBS AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT.
The debate over "Fast Track" legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other pending trade deals is coming to a head right now. Several Members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest remain undecided on this critical issue and need to hear from you!

FEBRUARY 17 / MT VERNON, 204 W. Montgomery St, Mount Vernon, WA
9:30am -- Rep. DelBene: Stand with Washington against Fast Track!

Whatcom County people can meet at Fairhaven Park and Ride (Exit 250) at 8:30 am to carpool.
Constituents rally against Fast Track at the office of Congresswoman Suzan DelBene for Washington's food suppliers, good-paying jobs, and a healthy environment. The Sierra Club is joining forces with 350.org, Community 2 Community, Teamsters, ILWU, WA State Labor Council.
Get up to speed on all the bad stuff about TPP and fast-track treaty negotiating authority HERE.
If you want to make a day of it, there will be rallies in Tacoma and Olympia later in the day. Find details HERE:

NEWS FROM THE CHAIR
Thanks to Bob Aegerter who lead our Legislative Workshop in January to help the citizen lobbyist learn how to communicate with lawmakers. We still need more folks to step up and communicate their support for important bills like Gov. Inslee's Carbon Pollution Accountability Act (SB 5283 and companion bill HB 1314 ) and the Oil Transportation Safety Act (HB 1449 and SB 5087). Bob will be leading lobbying trips to Olympia, so get on board! See more information below about the Legislative Committee to get involved.

Also of note: disclosure by the BP refinery that an oil car arrived empty with lost oil, more actions on Coal Free PSE , TPP, - brings us to a busy 2015! We have volunteer opportunities available for the Bellingham Human Rights Film Fest, actions on environmental legislation, and more. If you are interested in any of these issues we invite you to become more involved with the Mt Baker Group.
-Judith Akins, Chair, Mt Baker Group

WA CHAPTER LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
Bob Aegerter represents the Mt Baker Group on this committee, which directs the club's lobbying efforts in the State Legislature in Olympia. The committee evaluates pending legislation against established Sierra Club positions, and legislation sometimes calls for a nuanced Club position. Legislative action can move very fast and this requires a nimble team of professional and volunteer leaders and lobbyists to keep up with the action. But it also calls for many citizen activists across the state to call their legislators to back up our lobbyists' claims that "the people" support Sierra Club positions. If you are interested in supporting this committee and getting legislative alerts, please contact Bob Aegerter at boba@openaccess.org

The most important environmental bills can be found HERE. You can subscribe an get it weekly via email.
Track the status of an individual bills, by number HERE. Get bill numbers on the Hot List.
Write a letter to a paper OR a letter to your legislator - find the list HERE

JOIN THE SIERRA CLUB IN SUPPORTING THE LUMMI NATION AS THEY OPPOSE GATEWAY PACIFIC TERMINAL
The Lummi Nation began the New Year by formally requesting that the US Army Corps of Engineers deny a permit to build North America's largest coal export terminal on the shores of Cherry Point because the impacts to tribal fishing cannot be mitigated. To approve the permit, the Tribe argues, would be a violation of their treaty rights.

Show your support of the Lummi's treaty rights and their efforts to protect Washington's natural resources and way of life by keeping dirty, dangerous coal exports out of our communities and off the waters of Washington State.
Send a message to Washington Senators Cantwell and Murray asking them to stand with the Lummi Nation and stop coal exports.


GOVERNOR INSLEE'S CLIMATE LEGISLATION GETS ITS FIRST HEARING

Bob and Mary Aegerter and Judith Akins traveled to Olympia for the hearing on Jan. 27th to represent the Mt Baker Group's support for the Governor's climate bills. Gov. Jay Inslee has been pushing for a "polluters pay" carbon reduction plan for the majority of his time in office. Tuesday marked the first time that plan went before the state legislature, when the House Environment Committee held a hearing of HB 1314. The bill, which was drafted by the governor's office, has 37 sponsors, all Democrats. It would set a cap on statewide emissions that would be gradually ratcheted down over the coming years. Facilities, fuel suppliers and electricity importers whose annual greenhouse gas emissions exceed 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent would have to buy emissions allowances, or credits, beginning July 1, 2016. Ashley Ahearn reports. (EarthFix)

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

TABLERS FOR THE BELLINGHAM HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL --
This year the Mt Baker Group will be talking to people about the Coal Free PSE campaign and the Sierra Club in general at two showings, and we could use your help! Click to volunteer or call Judith at 360-982-8599. MtBaker@Washington.SierraClub.org
See details on our calendar for Feb 19 and 22
Full Human Rights Film Festival Schedule