"Environmentalists say ..." is a phrase I'm getting increasingly weary of. I've heard it a lot surrounding the Coal Free Washington bill.
“Environmentalists say ...” implicitly marginalizes whatever is to follow as being the opinion of some cloistered faction of tree-huggers who don’t value business, jobs, community or growth.
And it’s just not true.
The people who dedicated their time and energy to reach an unprecedented agreement to phase out coal burning in Washington state represent an amazing tapestry of citizens from every cross-section of our community.
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“Environmentalists say ...” doesn’t capture it.
It’s moms, dads, neighbors, friends, businesswomen and men, students, civil servants, labor workers, young, old.
“Washingtonians say ...” is more accurate. And this is one who says E2SSB 5769 is an important bill to pass and pass quickly for the future of Washington’s energy policy, our economic development and overall health and well-being.
E2SSB 5769 is the landmark agreement that will ensure a clean energy future for our state while providing for the people that this transition will affect.
It covers Centralia economically by investing in the community’s future. It has garnered kudos from labor unions for providing natural retirement attrition. It ensures cleaner, safer air to breathe as the two units close by 2020 and 2025, and provides TransAlta with the ability to recoup its investments — true compromise, all sides having conceded on points. E2SSB 5769 shows what Washingtonians can accomplish when we pull together for the greater good. Lend support to pass this bill quickly.