Environment

Sharon Nelson: A Local Fight Leads to Top Senate Caucus Post

Every lawmaker has a story to tell about his or her political awakening – of the cause that needed championing, of an issue stuck too long on the Legislature’s backburner,  or a system failing those it was set up to serve. It’s an oft-cited element of stump speeches, and a vital crutch in a business […]

Washington State Talks Strategies for Weaning Solar Off Subsidies

Almost 10 years after instituting financial incentives for Washington residents to install solar panels, the state is debating if those tax breaks are too generous for an electricity source that amounts to a pittance of its renewable energy portfolio.

Unions Endorse Proposed Oil Transfer Terminal at Port

The Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and International Union of Operating Engineers said Thursday that they’ve endorsed a proposed oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver and have reached an agreement with the project’s backers to ensure the terminal would be built with union labor.

Low-carbon fuels in Washington: Is mandate needed to spur technological breakthrough?

With most attention focused outside Olympia in the run-up to the Nov. 4 election, a potentially key piece of Gov. Jay Inslee’s push for carbon emissions reductions statewide is expected to be released this week – a draft version of a study on the feasibility of a low-carbon fuels standard, which is predicted to raise the cost of gasoline.

CarbonWA Kicks Off Their Carbon Tax Shift Campaign

The next two years promise to be one of the most dramatic periods in the political history of Washington State. In addition to extraordinary state budget challenges, and an unusual mix of other issues that must be addressed, the state will see a showdown on climate change and carbon emissions. To date the Governor’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce has dominated the news, with its next meeting scheduled for September 9. But on Wednesday night just over fifty people squeezed into the Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar in Seattle for the CarbonWA Campaign Kickoff Social.

Solar Energy Draws a Crowd

On June 30 the Washington State University Energy Program held a meeting in Olympia on Solar Energy in Washington State. The WSU Energy Program Director, Rep. Jake Fey, was joined by around fifty interested parties, representing everyone from the major utilities to leading environmental groups.

Now Is the Time to Call for a Washington Carbon Plan

As we consider potential carbon programs for Washington, the status quo of unlimited carbon pollution is the one policy certain to be wrong. The shift to carbon valuation should phase in gradually, and allow for new economic growth.