Council Legislation

Proposed Resolution No. R2019-163

Title: A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Declaring Its Opposition to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) Draft Rule Establishing Carbon Fuel Standards. (Carbon Fuel Standards Rule)

Status: Passed

Final votes

December 10, 2019
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Public Comments

Name Date Comment
Elly Claus-McGahan 12/9/19 5:12 PM Dear Pierce County Council, As a resident of Pierce County, I support establishing a Clean Fuel Standard and urge you to support the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s work to put one in place. Transportation is a significant source of air pollution and contributes to over 40% of climate pollution in the Puget Sound. A big contributor to this pollution are gasoline and diesel. This pollution threatens our health and our climate, affecting people close to roadways and vehicles with serious problems like strokes and heart disease. We here in Pierce County should be supporting sound solutions to address these risks. I urge you to support a Clean Fuel Standard and work with the rest of the region to put one in place. At the same time, I also urge you to work to find sound and equitable solutions to our transportation system overall, investing in public transportation, accessibility, and clean transportation options. As you consider your 2020 legislative priorities, I urge you to ensure that I-976 isn’t the end of Pierce County’s work for a comprehensive and equitable transportation system. Thank you.
Linda Cohan 12/9/19 5:14 PM Dear Pierce County Council, As a resident of Pierce County, I support establishing a Clean Fuel Standard and urge you to support the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s work to put one in place. Transportation is a significant source of air pollution and contributes to over 40% of climate pollution in the Puget Sound. A big contributor to this pollution are gasoline and diesel. This pollution threatens our health and our climate, affecting people close to roadways and vehicles with serious problems like strokes and heart disease. We here in Pierce County should be supporting sound solutions to address these risks. I urge you to support a Clean Fuel Standard and work with the rest of the region to put one in place. At the same time, I also urge you to work to find sound and equitable solutions to our transportation system overall, investing in public transportation, accessibility, and clean transportation options. As you consider your 2020 legislative priorities, I urge you to ensure that I-976 isn’t the end of Pierce County’s work for a comprehensive and equitable transportation system. Thank you.
Bill Evans 12/9/19 5:15 PM Dear Pierce County Council, As a resident of Pierce County, I support establishing a Clean Fuel Standard and urge you to support the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s work to put one in place. Transportation is a significant source of air pollution and contributes to over 40% of climate pollution in the Puget Sound. A big contributor to this pollution are gasoline and diesel. This pollution threatens our health and our climate, affecting people close to roadways and vehicles with serious problems like strokes and heart disease. We here in Pierce County should be supporting sound solutions to address these risks. I urge you to support a Clean Fuel Standard and work with the rest of the region to put one in place. At the same time, I also urge you to work to find sound and equitable solutions to our transportation system overall, investing in public transportation, accessibility, and clean transportation options. As you consider your 2020 legislative priorities, I urge you to ensure that I-976 isn’t the end of Pierce County’s work for a comprehensive and equitable transportation system. Thank you.
Donna Ewing 12/9/19 5:16 PM Dear Pierce County Council, As a resident of Pierce County, I support establishing a Clean Fuel Standard and urge you to support the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s work to put one in place. Transportation is a significant source of air pollution and contributes to over 40% of climate pollution in the Puget Sound. A big contributor to this pollution are gasoline and diesel. This pollution threatens our health and our climate, affecting people close to roadways and vehicles with serious problems like strokes and heart disease. We here in Pierce County should be supporting sound solutions to address these risks. I urge you to support a Clean Fuel Standard and work with the rest of the region to put one in place. At the same time, I also urge you to work to find sound and equitable solutions to our transportation system overall, investing in public transportation, accessibility, and clean transportation options. As you consider your 2020 legislative priorities, I urge you to ensure that I-976 isn’t the end of Pierce County’s work for a comprehensive and equitable transportation system. Thank you.
Donna Glaser 12/9/19 5:17 PM Dear Pierce County Council, As a resident of Pierce County, I support establishing a Clean Fuel Standard and urge you to support the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s work to put one in place. Transportation is a significant source of air pollution and contributes to over 40% of climate pollution in the Puget Sound. A big contributor to this pollution are gasoline and diesel. This pollution threatens our health and our climate, affecting people close to roadways and vehicles with serious problems like strokes and heart disease. We here in Pierce County should be supporting sound solutions to address these risks. I urge you to support a Clean Fuel Standard and work with the rest of the region to put one in place. At the same time, I also urge you to work to find sound and equitable solutions to our transportation system overall, investing in public transportation, accessibility, and clean transportation options. As you consider your 2020 legislative priorities, I urge you to ensure that I-976 isn’t the end of Pierce County’s work for a comprehensive and equitable transportation system. Thank you.
Christina Manetti 12/9/19 5:17 PM Dear Pierce County Council, As a resident of Pierce County, I support establishing a Clean Fuel Standard and urge you to support the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s work to put one in place. Transportation is a significant source of air pollution and contributes to over 40% of climate pollution in the Puget Sound. A big contributor to this pollution are gasoline and diesel. This pollution threatens our health and our climate, affecting people close to roadways and vehicles with serious problems like strokes and heart disease. We here in Pierce County should be supporting sound solutions to address these risks. I urge you to support a Clean Fuel Standard and work with the rest of the region to put one in place. At the same time, I also urge you to work to find sound and equitable solutions to our transportation system overall, investing in public transportation, accessibility, and clean transportation options. As you consider your 2020 legislative priorities, I urge you to ensure that I-976 isn’t the end of Pierce County’s work for a comprehensive and equitable transportation system. Thank you.
Barbara Menne 12/9/19 5:18 PM Dear Pierce County Council, As a resident of Pierce County, I support establishing a Clean Fuel Standard and urge you to support the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s work to put one in place. Transportation is a significant source of air pollution and contributes to over 40% of climate pollution in the Puget Sound. A big contributor to this pollution are gasoline and diesel. This pollution threatens our health and our climate, affecting people close to roadways and vehicles with serious problems like strokes and heart disease. We here in Pierce County should be supporting sound solutions to address these risks. I urge you to support a Clean Fuel Standard and work with the rest of the region to put one in place. At the same time, I also urge you to work to find sound and equitable solutions to our transportation system overall, investing in public transportation, accessibility, and clean transportation options. As you consider your 2020 legislative priorities, I urge you to ensure that I-976 isn’t the end of Pierce County’s work for a comprehensive and equitable transportation system. Thank you.
Gregory Penchoen 12/9/19 5:19 PM Dear Pierce County Council, As a resident of Pierce County, I support establishing a Clean Fuel Standard and urge you to support the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s work to put one in place. Transportation is a significant source of air pollution and contributes to over 40% of climate pollution in the Puget Sound. A big contributor to this pollution are gasoline and diesel. This pollution threatens our health and our climate, affecting people close to roadways and vehicles with serious problems like strokes and heart disease. We here in Pierce County should be supporting sound solutions to address these risks. I urge you to support a Clean Fuel Standard and work with the rest of the region to put one in place. At the same time, I also urge you to work to find sound and equitable solutions to our transportation system overall, investing in public transportation, accessibility, and clean transportation options. As you consider your 2020 legislative priorities, I urge you to ensure that I-976 isn’t the end of Pierce County’s work for a comprehensive and equitable transportation system. Thank you.
Sean Arent 12/9/19 9:09 PM This is fucking stupid
Barbara Menne 12/9/19 11:26 PM I support the Clean Fuel Standards. It is time to act. The health of our citizens is only one important reason among many to pass the Standards. Please do not oppose the Standards.
Carl Anderson 12/10/19 7:05 AM Climate change is real. We need to support strong measures to ensure clean air!
Claire A Richards 12/10/19 9:29 AM I am writing to fiercely oppose proposed resolution number R2019-163--an appalling piece of legislation. As a nurse scientist, I’m highly concerned about the impacts of environmental pollution on the health of Pierce County residents, and the impact specifically of greenhouse gases that are posing an existential threat. It’s absolutely atrocious that you would want to continue a policy of business as usual where there are real chances of extinction if we continue business as usual-- with the possibility of 10 degree Celsius rise by the end of the century—a change in temperature comparable to the Eocene period where there were palm trees and alligators in the tropics. These are climatic changes comparable to the Great Dying—when 90% of all species when extinct over millions of years-- but our temperature changes are far more rapid and over a far shorter period of time. If we continue with the “business as usual” scenario, we can at least expect a loss of 20-30% of our GDP by the end of the century—though it could very well be far worse. This isn’t time to lack courage and give up. This is time for leaders to be courageous and stop delaying action--as has been the policy of leaders for the last 40 years. We are now seeing the real impacts of climate change in our lives and the lives of our families—big things like ravaging fires polluting the air, communities being displaced by flooding or category 5 hurricanes, or smaller things like unusual thunderstorms. This is absolutely shameful for you to call on immediate economic concerns to entirely oppose the Clean Fuel Standard instead of proposing policies to protect those who are economically more vulnerable—or to propose improvements to mass transit. According to the News Tribune, “Pierce County is on the EPA’s 2018 priority project list for places with the highest emissions from diesel engines. The Puget Sound region also ranked in the top 5 percent of the nation for potential cancer risk from air toxins in the EPA’s 2011 National Air Toxics Assessment, with diesel emissions identified as the predominant source of cancer risk. Maritime activities account for 23 percent of the region’s diesel exhaust, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, with ocean-going vessels and trucks as the top producers.” It is time for Pierce County to get behind real systemic changes that can support a livable future. The Clean Fuel Standard is not aggressive enough. We know from scientific research and our carbon budget, that to minimize the worst damages from climate change we need to half our carbon emissions by 2030. The Clean Fuel Standard is only limiting these four counties to 25%. This is terrifying that you are opposing even a measure that is all too conservative but because you want to continue inaction as a policy, all but sealing the fate of our young children and grandchildren to have lives defined by climate change and their negative impacts.
Claudia Riedener 12/10/19 9:48 AM To Pierce County Council, PSCAA rule illuminates how toxic fumes kill people. Pierce county council also are fully aware of that, you even mention it in your proposal. Yet you are willing to sacrifice people each year. Most likely, the people getting the brunt of the pollution are much less affluent than any of you, much less white than any of you. If you would know that any of your kids or grand-kids would die as a result of your actions would you still be supporting it? If not, how are you willing to burden other families with physical harm, health care costs and grief? Are you aware that we have a climate crisis? Does it matter to you at all or are very short term benefits to the few of you more important than entire generations coming up after you? Leadership should mean moving all of your constituents into a better future. Your resolution is backwards and directly harmful to most people in the county, especially those less privileged than you. That's failed leadership under any definition. You know better - do better. C. Riedener
Pam Beal 12/10/19 10:37 AM We need clean fuel standards now more than ever. I teach Sustainability and young people need to know their government is doing everything it can to reduce carbon emissions.
Eric Danielson 12/10/19 1:06 PM I support the establishment of carbon fuel standards proposed by the PSCAA. Significant reductions in emissions are a part of bold action required to deal with the climate crisis, and this proposal will set an ambitious precedent for others to follow.
Christy B 12/10/19 1:09 PM I oppose this resolution and support a clean fuel standard. Tacoma must remove itself from being the polluted city in the puget sound region. Please elevate Tacoma. Those of us who have lived here for years deserve a commitment from local government for clean energy standards.
Robert Soltess 12/10/19 1:54 PM Terrible step in the wrong direction. Listen to the science and act accordingly.
Cheryl Waitkevich 12/10/19 4:32 PM Declaring climate emergency isnt just talk.. you need to have the courage to do the right thing. Allowing the PSE LNG plant on Puyallup ancestral grounds which are geanted theirs by the medicine creek treaty is morally corrupt and sits in stark opposition to what climate emergency means.. i read the proposal and i can understand your points, but now is the time to reach inside for what is desperately needed now.. courage to do the right thing for all of us.. for our children
Lia Craven 12/10/19 7:58 PM This really worries me and I don't believe the safety of the city has been properly considered.
Amber R Cadenas 12/10/19 8:17 PM We are in the throes of a climate emergency and our local, state and regional legislation and actions must reflect this urgency. Therefore, I strongly oppose this proposal, and I support the adoption of the PSCAA regional clean fuel standard. I implore the Pierce county council to do the same. Anything less is reckless.