Time for Local Climate Action in WA State

Last month, 37 city and county leaders sent a clear statement of support for bold climate action embracing Governor Jay Inslee’s climate initiatives. This New Energy Cities’ overview of climate and clean energy legislation emphasizes the proposals most relevant for local government engagement.

Debate Over Banning Chemical Flame Retardants Begins Anew

The battles over toxic chemical regulation in Olympia witnessed another skirmish before the House Environment Committee Monday afternoon, in a hearing on a bill over banning six flame retardants in children’s products and furniture.

Gov. Inslee Opts for Cap-and-Trade, But Debate Continues Over Carbon Tax

Policies to combat climate change are running on parallel tracks between Olympia and Seattle currently, as Gov. Jay Inslee is spearheading an effort to get the Legislature to adopt a cap-and-trade program this session. An outside group, Carbon WA, is gearing up for a signature gathering drive to put a revenue-neutral carbon tax on the

WEC 2015 Legislation

As with each legislative session, the Coalition has selected priority issues for 2015 that are important to protecting our state for future generations: making big industries pay for their pollution in order to reduce emissions that harm our health and environment, and protecting our communities and waterways from the risks of increased oil transport.