Friday, May 23, 2014

Countdown for Comments

Important Petition to sign:

"Ask Governor Inslee for a moratorium on all new oil-by-rail permits until thorough, cumulative studies (full Environmental Impact Statements) are conducted on all safety, health, and environmental impacts from transporting oil by rail through our communities. " 

Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:  

We need an apartheid-style boycott to save the planet

Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse. No more can it be dismissed as science fiction; we are already feeling the effects.This is why, no matter where you live, it is appalling that the US is debating whether to approve a massive pipeline transporting 830,000 barrels of the world's dirtiest oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Producing and transporting this quantity of oil, via the Keystone XL pipeline, could increase Canada's carbon emissions by over 30%.

Desmond Tutu calls "climate change a huge enemy"

"We have only one home. This is the only home we have. And whether you are rich or poor, this is your only home ... you are members of one family, the human race."

From Don, here's what you need to do, and make all your friends do:

Hello Friends,
Only four days left to submit scoping comments regarding the oil terminals in Grays Harbor.

Has your fire department submitted one?
If the oil terminals in Grays Harbor are approved, the trains headed there will endanger neighborhoods along the tracks headed north from Vancouver, through Kelso, Centralia, Elma and Hoquiam.
Those terminals will receive three oil trains per day. 
1.  Please save the following link,
2.  Then copy and paste this link into relevant on-line comment sections of every newspaper between Spokane and Hoquiam.
This link is for a new Sierra Club tool which will make it easy for concerned citizens to ask the Department of Ecology to study the cumulative impacts of all the oil trains in their community.
3.  Then post the link on Facebook.
4.  Then submit multiple comments of your own.
Names of newspapers:
  • Spokesman Review
  • Tri-Cities Herald
  • The White Salmon Enterprise
  • The Skamania Pioneer
  • The Camas Post Record
  • The Columbian
  • The Daily News (Longview Kelso)
  • The Centralia Chronicle
  • The Olympian
  • The Daily World (Aberdeen Grays Harbor

Global Warming’s Six Americas; An Audience Segmentation Analysis

Thank you for being "alarmed"
The Alarmed (18 percent of the U.S. adult population) are the segment most engaged in the issue of global warming. They are very convinced it is happening, human-caused, and a serious and urgent threat. The Alarmed are already making changes in their own lives and support an aggressive national response (see graphs below).

Justify Bakken Testing

via RailwayAge  
The Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulator has quickly challenged the refinery lobby's contention that Bakken crude falls comfortably within existing "Class 3 Flammable Liquid" and should continue to be transported in the DOT-111 general purpose tank car.
In a May 21, 2014 letter to Charles Drevna, president of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the top executive of DOT's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration requested details of the testing methodologies and sampling techniques that led the refiners' special interest group to call for a halt to development of a next-generation tank car.
The refiners want a thorough analysis of railroad derailments before any new design to replace both the DOT-111 and the railcar industry's self-imposed CPC-1232 specification. Keeping the cars on the track should be the priority, says the refiners lobby, whose members operate much of the DOT-111 fleet.

Refiners’ lobby says DOT-111 is “fine” for shipping Bakken crude

via Railway Age 
While the AFPM supports regulatory adoption of the 2011 standard proposed by a cross-industry committee, Drevna said he doubts that Canada's phase-out of DOT-111s can be accomplished within the three-year timeline. Any additional new tank car specification beyond the industry-sponsored CPC-1232 standard should be delayed until comprehensive derailment data has been collected and analyzed.
No practical tank car would have survived the 64-mph derailment of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic's runaway at Lac-M├ęgantic, said Frits Wybenga of Dangerous Goods Transport Consulting, who on behalf of AFPM analyzed a survey of Bakken oil samples by organization members. “You can’t design-out a tank car rupturing in those circumstances. You can make them heavier and heavier and make a tank car that would withstand those forces, but you wouldn’t be able to carry much crude oil in it.”

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