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We welcome the energy experts of the world in their dedication to achieving climate goals such as those set forth in the Paris Agreement and pursuing solutions that will grow a circular carbon economy that will be dedicated to frontline communities and will shine a spotlight on the costs, public health impacts, extractive industries and environmental devastation associated with extractive and fossil fuel-based energy initiatives.
Centralia in the Pacific Northwest has historically struggled economically. For decades the town’s largest employer was a strip mine, which employed 600 workers, and its other major private employer was a coal-fired power plant, which employed another 300. Now the mine is gone and operations at the power plant have been reduced by half as the plant works toward a planned retirement in 2025. After the coal mine closed in 2006 and it was announced that the power plant would retire in 2025, the mine’s and power plant’s owner, TransAlta Corporation, struck a deal with the state of Washington and environmental groups to fund an economic transition plan to help Centralia and other areas of the state adapt to the emerging clean energy economy. The company agreed to provide $55 million in funding over ten years, with the money going toward a Weatherization Fund, an Economic and Community Development Fund, and an Energy Technology Fund. Grants from those funds started being disbursed in 2016, and between 2016 and 2019, the following took place in the Centralia MSA:
Dirty energy or nonrenewable energy sourced using fossil fuels such as oil, gas, and coal. Nonrenewable sources of energy are only available in limited amounts and perpetuate the “boom and bust” economic cycle that harms people and the environment over and over again. We ask CEM to reject fossil fuel solutions, especially:
This webinar highlights emergent threats of climate false solutions across U.S. federal and state policy landscapes, featuring organizers, community leaders, researchers, and frontline organizations who are addressing false energy solutions and highlighting inspiring stories of success led by environmental justice communities. https://youtu.be/CsLe9vhICAQ