Seattle should be a leader in addressing the climate crisis. Oil and coal trains passing through downtown Seattle every day are fueling global warming while creating a serious public safety risk from of oil train derailment and explosion and health hazards from coal dust. I reject the false dichotomy of “jobs vs. the environment.” We need a major green jobs program and new living-wage union jobs for workers who face job losses from fossil-fuel-based industries.
● Slash CO2 emissions and create green jobs by massively expanding public transit.
● Refuse to host Shell Oil ships and drilling rigs in Seattle! Don’t let our city participate in the environmental disaster of drilling in the Arctic. Terminal 5, where the oil drilling rig is slated for repairs, should instead be upgraded and returned for use as a container terminal to defend environmentally safe, unionized port jobs and our working waterfront.
● Oppose the passage of oil and coal trains through Seattle! As an immediate measure, the city council should enact regulatory fees on oil trains going through Seattle to fund emergency preparation for oil train disasters.