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Moving Beyond Oil to Clean Transportation in Wisconsin photos: Sierra Club, Darrell Clarke 2013 Priority Issue Team Training February 9, 2013, MadisonShahla Werner, Director, Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter 222 South Hamilton St, #1, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 256-0565, email@example.com http://wisconsin.sierraclub.org
Oil28,000 42-gallon barrels of oil are consumed in the United States every 2 minutes, 19.6 million barrels / day, 25% of the world’s total.
Transportation- mostly cars- consume the majority of oil in the U.S.MBPD (million barrels per day)
Beyond Oil: Environmental GoalOil spills like the 1989 Exxon-Valdez and the 2010BP disaster cause devastating environmentaldamage and wreak havoc on coastal economiesBecause the transportation sector contributes 1/3 ofall U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, it is a primetarget for greenhouse gas reductions.Transportation choices that include walking, biking,and public transit as well as cleaner, more efficientcars and trucks can break our addiction to oil.
Our Addiction to Oil Threatens Our EnvironmentTransit helps clean up our air, and it reduces the needfor offshore drilling and tar sands extraction
Our Addiction to Oil Threatens Public HealthPromoting transit, walkable neighborhoods, bicycleand pedestrian paths can reduce rates of asthma &childhood obesity. Potential Allies: Physicians forSocial Responsibility, Bike Federation of WI, nurses,respiratory specialists & parents.
Addiction to Oil Threatens National Security and Our Quality of LIfedrivelesslivemore.com
Transit Improves Mobility for Seniors, Disabled, Low Income GroupsBy 2025, over 27% of Wisconsin residents in 17counties will be 65 or older. Transit allows them toavoid assisted living.Allies: Coalition of WI Aging Groups, Citizen Action,WISDOM, Disability Rights Advocates, ACLU
Clean Transportation Creates Jobs! Wisconsin’s bicycling industry provides over 13,000 jobs and contributes $1.5 billion annually to our economy. It brings in $535 million in tourism from out of state visitors alone. The Milwaukee County Transit Systems serves over 18,000 employers According to a WisDOT, for every $1 invested transit, there is a $3.44 return from better connections to retail, healthcare, education, and recreational services.
The 2011-13 WI Transportation BudgetThe 2011-13 WI State budget provided $221.7 million for tieredMass Transit (a 10% decrease), vs. $3.26 Billion for HighwaysSierra Club helped restore collective bargaining for transitworkers, saving $46 million in federal aid, and blocked attempts totake transit out of the transportation fund in 2011.
2013 Clean Transportation Goals Keep Transit in the Transportation Fund Restore & Increase Transit funding, reduce runaway highway spendingAllow local communities to form Regional TransitAuthorities to raise dedicated transit fundsUrge WisDOT to use MAP-21 TransportationAlternatives funds for bicycle and walking paths
Environmental & Transit Organizational Allies WISPIRG One Thousand Friends of Wisconsin Wisconsin Urban & Rural Transit Association (WURTA) Wisconsin Counties Association Madison Metro, Valley Transit, Milwaukee Co. Transit System, Shoreline Metro (Sheboygan), Maritime Metro Transit (Manitowoc)
Key Decision-makers for Transit Funding Governor Walker, state budget released Feb., legislators to pass by June The Joint Finance Committee The Senate Transportation Committee (Chair = Sen. Petrowski, Leibham, Cowles, Carpenter, Hansen). The Assembly Transportation Committee (Chair = Rep. Ripp, Vice Chair = Thiesfeldt, Stone, A. Ott)
Key Grasstops, or Powerful Allies who Can Influence Transit Funding Targets Mayors (Hanna, Dickert) Transit Managers Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups Large Businesses / Employers (SC Johnson, Kohler, Aurora Medical Center, Miller, State of Wisconsin) Transportation Finance Commission
Wisconsin’s Transportation Finance CommissionReleased Report, Keep Wisconsin Moving Jan. 23.Wisconsinites are driving 3% less than in 2004, yetreport recommends increasing highway spendingSupports increasing transit funding, allowing RegionalTransit Authorities, raising gas tax, and chargingvehicle registration based on annual miles traveled.http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/about/tfp/docs/keep-wi-moving-report.pdfhttp://www.wicounties.org/blog/wisconsin-transportation-and-finance-policy-commission-release-final-report/
How Can Transit Compete withHighways in the Next Budget? Draft a sign-on statement for mayors, businesses, transit managers, and organizations. Deliver to legislators and media by April. Organize in-district meetings with JFC members also on Transportation Committee Work with allies on the 10-10-10 solution to increase funds for transit and local roads by cutting highways by 10%; highlights imbalance
Stop Governor Walker’s Highway RobberyThe WI state budget robs schools, transit and local roads tofund bloated highway budget.There was some media coverage of this issue, but the FBpage never took off, possibly due to “new FB page fatigue.”We worked with teachers unions as main messengers.
Environmental Justice & Transit: Zoo Interchange LawsuitACLU & MEA filed suits against WisDOT & the US Dept.of Transportation in 2012 for the way they designed the$1.7 billion zoo interchange project.The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Milwaukee InnercityCongregations Allied for Hope and the Black HealthCoalition of Wisconsin.It contends that the EIS failed to incorporate transit,increased segregation, or barriers to work & medicalappointments for non-drivers caused by the project.An injunction to halt construction was sought in Feb.2013.
Grassroots Transit TacticsAction Alerts to SC members, mentioning linkbetween oil addiction and climate change, tar sands,& offshore drilling pollution. Phone bank to membersin key districts.“Cash Cow” Rallies with Disability Rights, Labor,Citizen Action, ACLU designed for negative attentionon runaway highway spending at transit’s expenseHighlight $2.4 billion in Big Oil tax deductions(subsidies) that Exxon, Chevron, BP, Shell &Conoco Phillips get each year, even as they rakein record profits & cause devastating pollution.
Transportation Alternatives FundingMAP-21, or Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21stCentury, is the federal transportation bill authorizes$105 billion in spending through Sep. 2014.MAP-21 includes the Transportation AlternativesProgram which funds Safe Routes to School (SRTS);Transportation Enhancements (TE); and The Bicycle &Pedestrian Facilities Program (BPFP). WisDOT canopt out of using 50% of funding.Gov. Walker announced $3.4 million in funding for 17SRTS projects in Dec. 2012.Decisionmakers: WisDOT Sec. Gottlieb, Wisconsin’s14 Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)
Other Beyond Oil Activities Protesting the proposed Keystone XL Tar Sands pipeline Participating in Hands Across the Sand events Tracking expansion plans for Enbridge pipelines and Murphy Oil refinery. A pipeline ruptured in July 2012 in Grand Marsh, WI. Expand Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles. Utilities can increase availability, sell more electrons. Companies can improve public image. Promoting Passenger Trains. MKE – MSN service would reduce traffic, create over 3,000 jobs, take 500,000 cars of WI roads and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 190,000 metric tons per year.
Moving Beyond Oil by Protesting Keystone XL Tar Sands oil extraction causes 3x the GHG of conventional oil, destroys boreal forests, threatens public health, and jeopardizes Lake Athabasca The Keystone XL would transport tar sands oil from Alberta to Texas. A pipeline leak would contaminate the Nebraska Sandhills & the Ogallala Aquifer, which supplies drinking water to millions. The Sierra Club will join 350.org and the Hip Hop Caucus in Washington DC on February 17 to protest the Keystone XL pipeline and demand climate action
Questions? Shahla Werner, DirectorSierra Club – John Muir Chapter222 South Hamilton St, #11, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 256-0565 firstname.lastname@example.org