Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I wanted to remind you about the upcoming public meetings of the Climate Legislative Executive Workgroup (CLEW) that will be taking place on October 16th in Spokane and October 23rd in Seattle. I recently discovered that FUSE has hired a person specifically to get progressive-leaning folks out in force to the public meetings to support Gov. Inslee's position on climate change and the urgency of adopting SIGNIFICANT policies to reduce our state's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions regardless of the costs and impacts on struggling families and small businesses.
In fact, at a recent committee meeting, Gov. Inslee tried to bully legislators – including me – into admitting our goals were the same as his! If you want to watch my response, click the graphic on the right. My comments start just after the seven minute mark, but you need to watch the first 10 minutes or so of this video – it is definitely worth watching!
While I respect the governor's position as a statewide elected official, I do NOT appreciate being bullied. I want to ensure that there is as much balance as possible in the information presented, the testimony and the attendance at these hearings. If you are at all able to make one of these meetings (especially the Spokane event), I would greatly appreciate it.
Upcoming CLEW public meetings:
- Wednesday, October 16 | 5:00 – 8:20 p.m. in the Music Building Auditorium (Building #15, Room 110), Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive, Spokane
- Wednesday, October 23 | 6:00 – 9:20 p.m. in the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle.
We expect hundreds of people at these meetings. Folks who wish to testify will be given a number when they sign up at the meeting. All numbers will be put into a bowl and speakers will be chosen by drawing. Testimony will be limited to 2 minutes and there will be opportunity to provide written testimony to our workgroup as well. Please help us get the word out!! We need a good showing for common sense and individual liberty! For those who aren't called on to testify, comment sheets will be provided at the meeting as well.
If you want more information to help in formulating your comments, click here to view my last E-mail Update which has background information and some of my concerns. I believe that it is most important to share the concerns you have for the lack of economic analysis that has been done to truly understand what the costs of these policies will be on individuals, families, communities and employers.
Thank you in advance for all who are able to attend and/or submit comments.
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