WASHINGTON FOCUS: Blogs, Healthcare Reform, Biodiesel, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events
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News from Washington State:
Progressive Majority Candidates in Washington State: a good night in Washington State for progressive candidates. 12/20 Progressive Majority candidates won in Washington State with one more still too close to call:
Twelve of 20 Progressive Majority candidates were elected in Washington and three races have Progressive Majority candidates leading in close races. Not only were 12 progressives elected, but there were some key victories:
* Well known progressive leader Julie Anderson, a member of the Tacoma City Council, beat conservative Jan Shabro, a former state legislator, for the critical office of Pierce County Auditor. Because the auditor oversees the elections in the 2nd most populous county of the state, and because it historically has been at the forefront of electoral reforms such as ranked choice voting and vote-by-mail, it is an essential office to hold.
* Longshoreman Jeff Davis was victorious in his bid for the Olympia Port Commission. Backed by strong union support, Davis was the 2nd place finisher in the August primary, but came back to win and usher in a new era of progressive change at the Port, which has important policy roles that effect both the environment and labor. Jeff's win also shifts the commission to a progressive majority!
* Rob Holland's victory last night makes him the first African-American and first openly gay member of the Port Commission.
* Marilyn Strickland is seeking to become the first woman of color elected to head a large city in the state as mayor of Tacoma. Currently she is leading, but it is a very close race.
More on election night: Nat'l media ignore major progressive victories in Washington State
Collapse of Tim Eyman's Initiative 1033 proves that teabaggers are just a fringe...more on the same: Governor Gregoire releases statement on failure of Tim Eyman's Initiative 1033
Blogging Washington State:
LeftyBlogs Washington is the place to find out what's happening in the progressive blogosphere across Washington.
Horse's Ass: Strange name, but an excellent blogging team
Upper Left: A Democrat - without prefix, without suffix, without apology
SeattleActivism.org is a new website and project that provides information on upcoming events, actions, and meetings as well as links to organizations and resources in the Seattle area related to progressive activist issues.
Alternative Energy in Washington:
Some statistics from Repower America:
* Two wind power farms in Washington - Hopkins Ridge and Wild Horse - produce enough renewable energy to meet the needs of approximately 100,000 homes
* Washington's energy efficiency programs save enough electricity to power almost 50,000 homes for a whole year, save more than $43 million in energy costs, and prevent the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking over 48,000 cars off the road. Although great progress, the state still has much more potential to increase its energy efficiency.
* Washington has a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that requires all public utilities to generate 15% of their electricity from renewable energy resources by 2020.
Alternative energy and YOUR energy bill: YOU can be part of the solution for America by signing up to purchase your energy through a Green Power Provider. My wife and I have been doing this in NYC for years. All our energy usage is provided through wind energy generation on American farms. So we use clean energy AND help American farmers. It costs us three cents per kilowatt-hour more per month, but we feel great about it. Although our actual energy may come from anywhere, we are paying to purchase wind energy for the energy grid. Each state has different programs available, usually through yuor existing energy provider right on your existing energy bill. To find such options in Washington State, go here and pick your energy provider from the list. If you need help, you can email me and tell me who you get your bill from (don't give me any other info!) and I can tell you who to contact to go green through that energy provider. Or you can do the same thing using Renewable Energy Certificates through an organization that works with utility companies, though in this case it is a separate bill. One off the cheapest (.4-1 cent per kilowatt-hour), but still e-Green certified, ways to do this is through Good Energy. Or, for about half a cent per kilowatt-hour you can purchase renewable energy certificates through Carbonfund.org. ANY of these ways you do it, you are helping the environment, helping America, and helping cut carbon emissions.
Here are a biodiesel cooperatives in Washington State. If you drive a diesel car or truck, check it out.
Biodiesel is an alternative to petroleum diesel made from vegetable oil that can be used in any diesel engine. Now this clean, renewable, domestically-produced fuel is available right here in Tacoma, and you can be a part of it! The Tacoma Biodiesel Cooperative is a grassroots group of Tacoma-area citizens who have chosen to support this alternative fuel through advocacy and use in our personal vehicles.
Check out their website. And to find places to buy biodiesel for use in your car, truck or home heating, go here.
And here are Propel Fuel Stations around Washington State that offer biofuels: (I came across them through their carbon offset program)
* Seattle, South Lake Union Flagship
609 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109
3204 129th Pl SE
Bellevue, Washington 98005
* Seattle, Ballard Neighborhood
4420 Leary Way NW
Seattle, Washington 98107
8002 NE Bothell Way
Kenmore, Washington 98028
* West Seattle
3500 SW Barton Street
Seattle, Washington 98136
* Mount Vernon
2120 East College Way
Mount Vernon, Washington 98273
Here are some other alternative energy resources in Washington State:
Our Wind Co-op is a unique cooperative of small-scale wind turbines on farms, ranches and public and private facilities across the Northwest. Through this collaborative effort, 10-kW turbines were installed at numerous rural sites serviced by publicly-owned utilities. To find out more or ask about participation, Contact:
1402 Third Ave #901
Seattle, WA 98101
219 Legion Way SW #201
Olympia, WA 98501
Seattle Advocates of Renewable Energy: a group of interested citizens who want to learn more about Renewable Energy and Sustainability. Our goal is to foster discussion, networking, and action on these important issues. We meet on the fourth Thursday of every month from 7 to 9 pm at the First Seattle Presbyterian Church.
Seattle Peak Oil Awareness (www.seattleoil.com) has been active for 2 1/2 years (it actually started out life as a Meetup.com group)!
Seattle Peak Oil Awareness is a local citizens action network offering information and practical ideas for living in a time of reduced energy availability. Working in small, focused groups we advocate healthy, sustainable living choices for all interested residents in the Puget Sound region. Read more here.
And for those who want to mix social and political fun, here are Drinking Liberally groups in Washington:
Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
Horseshoe Cafe, Ranch Room, 113 E Holly St
Hosted by Dave Willingham
Fourth Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm
Mick Kelly's Irish Pub, 435 SW 152nd St
Hosted by Cherisse Luxa | Joe Fitzgibbon
First and Third Monday of each month, 7:00 pm
Urban Onion in Downtown Olympia -- In the Bar, 116 Legion Way SE (In the Bar--enter on Legion)
Hosted by Bruce Lund | Barry Piercy
Every Tuesday of each month, 8:00 pm
Montlake Ale House, 2307 24th Ave E
Hosted by Nicholas Beaudrot | Chris Mitchell
First and Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm
Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave NE
Hosted by Norman Furlong | Doug Hightower | Rich Erwin
First Monday of each month, 7:30 pm
Mustard Seed Grill and Pub, 5608 119th Ave SE
Hosted by Robert Sargent
Third Monday of each month, 7:00 pm
El Serape Restaurant, 2503 Olympic Hwy N
Hosted by Mike Mosbarger | Drew Noble
Every Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
Working Class Heroes Bar & Grill, 1914 North Monroe Street - (509) 327-0448
Hosted by Andrew Brewer
Every Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm
Hub Restaurant, 203 Tacoma Ave S (in the bar area)
Hosted by Melissa Thompson | Traci Kelly
Every Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
O'Callahans - Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock Richland Washington
Hosted by Jim McCabe | Kendall Miller