Read about the national AAP's new Climate Advocates Program here!
NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health has compiled a fantastic list of climate-related legislation at the national level. Check it out here!
WASHINGTON LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
Clean Fuel Standard
Currently, Washington is the only West Coast state, including British Columbia, that does not have a clean fuel standard.Transportation accounts for more that 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in Washington, and electrification of transportation is an obvious next step in addressing our climate crisis. In 2020, a Clean Fuel Standard passed the WA House but did not make it out of committee in the Senate in time for a floor vote. This year, we need to see it through to the finish line.
Natural gas production and consumption carries a heavy burden for health. From water contamination due to fracking to methane leaks accelerating the climate crisis, natural gas is a disaster for our health and our world. This session, we are supporting building electrification efforts as an amendment to the Growth Management Act. This motion will require buildings to be constructed in alignment with climate standards, thus incentivizing electric power sources, as opposed to natural gas. It also would allow utilities to financially assist people in transitioning their homes from gas to electricity.
Resilient Future Platform
The Resilient Future Platform is a broad coalition of labor unions, environmental organizations, community of color based organizations, faith communities, health professionals, and businesses who are all working together to bring about recovery efforts in Washington state that set us on a sustainable path moving forward. For the 2021 legislative session, some of the platform's goals include:
Passing the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act, which would require environmental justice considerations in making state law, include frontline communities in decision-making processes, and investments made to communities impacted most heavily by pollution and climate change.
Supporting progressive transportation revenue options, clean transportation investments, and a Transportation for All bill