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The Climate Rangers

We're asking everyone running for office in Washington State "What would you do to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions?" Next we will birddog candidates who will not pledge to take significant action.
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6552 37th Ave SW
Seattle , WA 98126
Contact Person: Andy Silber
Phone: 206 932 0773
E-Mail: andyds11@mac.com
Website: http://www.ClimateRangers.org

Detailed Information:
The Climate Rangers formed out of the Energy Committee of the Cascade Chapter (Western Washington) of the Sierra Club. The Energy Committee formed in 2001 to support a rational energy policy that considered the environmental effects of burning fossil fuels. We were all inspired to get involved by our concern over Climate Change and the inaction of our government in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The energy policy in that other Washington was especially motivating. I've been studying energy policy since reading articles about fusion in Omni Magazine when I was in high school, and the only way I could make a policy worse than the one that came out of the Cheney-Enron task force was to store nuclear waste in vacant lots in poor neighborhoods.

We worked as part of a coalition led by the NorthWest Energy Coalition to enact a law that would increase the use of renewable energy and the amount invested in energy efficiency measures. We found that most of our representatives were not concerned about global warming. After two years of making slow progress, we decided that we needed some new representatives who would work with us to deal with greenhouse gas emissions. Hence, the birth of the Climate Rangers. As park rangers protect the parks and Texas Rangers protect Texas, the Climate Ranger will protect the climate. We will work to have all candidates answer one question, "What will you do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?" Next we will work to educate voters on what the candidates in their district have said . Since our members are in western Washington, we will be concentrating there, but if we find interested people elsewhere we might expand our horizons.

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