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ELECTION: Only one candidate values the environment in the 26th District Senate race

Letter by Bliss Moore, Tacoma on Oct. 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm | No Comments »
October 21, 2013 4:15 pm

It’s been well-publicized how committed state Sen. Nathan Schlicher is, working hard for creation of living-wage jobs, efficient and affordable health care, and fully funding public education.

What is less known about him is that he is the only candidate for the 26th Legislative District Senate seat who values the environment. In the 2013 regular and special legislative sessions, he voted against attempts by the right-wingers to pass anti-environment legislative proposals.

Examples of his environmental commitment were his votes defending Initiative 937, reducing climate-changing pollution, protecting our limited water resources, protecting the gray wolf, adequately funding public transportation, creating jobs for a clean sustainable economy and working for environmental justice.

On the other hand, his opponent, state Rep. Jan Angel, has not acknowledged that humankind has significantly contributed to global warming and, in turn, climate change.

An overwhelming majority of the world’s climate scientists insist we all must take major steps now to reduce our carbon footprint to help curb global warming, which threatens the Earth’s delicate ecosystems. Angel has consistently voted against the environment as documented by her voting score of 11 (out of 100) from Washington Conservation Voters.

Furthermore, a victory by Angel could solidify the right-wing, anti-environment, majority control of the Senate, resulting again in the right-wingers blocking any necessary reasoned legislation.

Schlicher is the candidate who values the environment and will work toward building a consensus in the Senate.

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