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Tell your U.S. Representative to vote against H.R. 806 which weakens delays implementation of the updated ozone rules by eight years and tries to dismantle the Clean Air Act.

Climate Change

WPSR's work to combat climate change involves:

  • Educating and enlisting physicians and other healthcare leaders and institutions to speak out on the health impacts of climate change
  • Gaining public recognition for climate change as both a personal and public health issue
  • Providing the medical voice for supporting low-carbon energy sources

Petroleum

Crude oil is one of several fossil fuels that contributes to climate change. The transport and storage of crude oil also presents immediate health and safety risks to Washington citizens and communities. Oil transport by rail and sea poses grave health risk in the form of tanker explosions, spills, water and air pollution, and contribution to climate change induced disaster and disease.

In partnership with our colleagues in Oregon, we have developed a position statement opposing the transport by rail and the storage and shipment of crude oil within our states. The position statement carefully outlines the major risks backed up by credible evidence from the medical literature. In order to maximize the impact of this statement we need as many Washington and Oregon health care professionals as possible to sign on to this statement. Please consider adding your name to this list.

Read the research and add your support to our Position Statement on Crude Oil Transport & Storage.

Coal

Coal-fired power plants are the leading global warming culprit in the U.S., accounting for more than 30% of our nation's carbon dioxide emissions. They also are one of the nation's largest sources of air pollutants, damaging cardiovascular and respiratory health and threatening healthy child development.

Particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury, and other air toxics are among the dangerous mix of pollutants spewed from the smokestacks of coal plants.

In Washington, we have a unique opportunity to end the production of coal-fired electricity in our state. The outdated Transalta coal plant in Centralia is already slated to be closed in 2025. But there are other ways that Washington continues to rely on electricity from coal, including coal-by-wire from other states.

Putting a Price on Carbon

The science and facts are clear: global warming is real, people are the cause, carbon pollution from burning fossil fuels is the major contributor, and climate change hurts real people right now.

The public health response to this crisis is clear — we need to take decisive action to put a limit on carbon emissions to have any hope of avoiding the dire consequences we face on our current path. We need to put a price on carbon.

Read more in our position statment, Putting a Price on Carbon.