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GOP leadership puts its efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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WA Sierra Club-Highway Expansion "Un-Cool"

July 24, 2007

Washington boasts one of the "coolest" counties in the nation, but that may be at risk if voters give a highway expansion measure the thumbs up, says one of the state's largest environmental organizations.
The Sierra Club of Washington says King County's "cool counties" agreement to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050 is at risk if King, Snohomish and Pierce county voters pass the highway expansion measure. Michael O'Brien with the Sierra Club says it includes an expansion of light rail, but also of the freeway system.

"As great as light rail is, if we're still adding people to roads we're going to be going in the wrong direction as far as climate change goes."

King County announced the Cool Counties Climate Stabilization Declaration to combat global warming earlier this month. The Declaration also calls on the federal government to adopt the 80 percent emissions reduction, as well, and calls for a national increase in fuel economy standards to 35 miles per gallon within ten years.

O'Brien believes it's going to take more creative solutions to reach King County's pollution control targets than expanding the road system and adding more vehicle miles traveled.

"We're going to have to rely less and less on the single occupancy vehicle and figure out better alternatives and smarter alternatives."

More information on the Washington Cool State campaign online at cascade.sierraclub.org/.

Dondrea Warner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WA