Hello North Seattle Indivisibles! Here are our weekly calls to action!
- Support ACA Rally at Suzan DelBene’s Office
- Protect Puget Sound Funding
- No Methanol Refinery in Kalama, WA
I hope you all have a good week! Stay safe, stay sane, and stay strong!
Start: March 24, 2017•10:30 AM
Suzan DelBene Bothell Office• 22121 17th Ave SE #220, Bothell, WA 98021
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Indivisible North Seattle through its ACA Committee is sponsoring a RALLY on Friday March 24, 2017 at 10:30am as part of a series of national Rallies demanding justice and support of the American Health Care Act (the AHCA) in light of the Senate Hearings this week in Washington DC to repeal the ACA and replace it with TRUMPCARE.
Bi-Partisan groups including the highly influential AARP have come out publically against the bill Speaker Paul Ryan is championing. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has determined that 24 million people stand to lose coverage if TRUMPCARE passes. Speaker Paul Ryan insists on pushing the floor vote before Americans have a chance to analyze the CBO’s findings. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote to Ryan last week demanding he give the CBO an opportunity to analyze the changes in the health care bill before any floor vote. Ryan refuses to push back the vote scheduled for this Thursday, regardless of constituents’ major concerns.
Indivisible North Seattle is spearheading this rally on Friday March 24, 2017 to first thank Representative Suzan DelBene for her bravery in supporting the ACA aka Obamacare. The rally is also about encouraging citizens and our Congress to continue to obstruct and pressure the Trump administration and Republicans from passing a bill that leaves millions of Americans, many older and poor Americans, without healthcare. “Healthcare is a Universal Right, not a privilege for the most affluent” affirms Indivisible North ACA Committee Co-Chair Lara Lavi. “This issue will not go away, we are determined not to let America go backwards here.”
The Trump administration is proposing to cut EPA funding for Puget Sound, the second largest estuary in the United States, by 93 percent from $28 million to $2 million. EPA funding for Puget Sound through the National Estuary Program supports a number of local and regional efforts to support the restoration and clean up of Puget Sound and the surrounding watershed. Much of the money received by EPA is distributed to state, regional, and tribal agencies, to carry out these efforts. The funding supports an incredibly wide range of efforts to protect, restore and clean up Puget Sound. Efforts include funding for salmon recovery, habitat restoration and protection, monitoring and science to help with management and decision-making, reduce storm water pollution, restore and protect shellfish beds, research, outreach and education and a wide variety of other activities.
A company called Northwest Innovation Works has proposed to build the world’s largest methanol refinery In Kalama, WA. It is close to Vancouver, WA. If built, the refinery would be the state’s largest source of global warming emissions.
This refinery would also rationalize new natural gas pipeline infrastructure through the I-5 corridor. The existing natural gas pipeline that comes down from Canada is at capacity. Since fracking has expanded throughout our country, fossil fuel companies have been working to use natural gas as a cheap fossil fuel. It is essentially the new coal.
The best way to stop both the methanol refinery, and the associated pipeline is to get Governor Inslee to come out against it. He appoints the heads of all the agencies in charge of permitting, so his influence can go a long way in getting permits denied, and shutting down this project.