Washington State Can Lead on Global Warming and Clean Energy

Washingtonians demand urgent action on climate. If our elected leaders won’t lead us forward, then the people will. The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is Washington state’s coalition of individuals, organizations and businesses dedicated to reducing global-warming pollution and strengthening our economy.

Washington State Poised to Become Leader in Oil Train Safety Ahead of Massive Increase in Traffic

State regulators have focused on the safety standards of the train cars themselves. They also want to give communities more notice of when trains will be passing through. The volume of crude oil-carrying train cars has increased 40-fold since 2009, and 100 trains per week may eventually be rolling down the Columbia gorge if all the proposed crude oil terminals are built.

Let’s Have Conversation on State Carbon-Pricing Plan

A well-designed carbon-pricing plan would help shift costs from the public to polluters and create a powerful incentive to reduce greenhouse emissions.Inslee has a wonderful passion for fighting climate change; unfortunately, that passion has translated into an impulse to bypass politics with decrees. In the absence of public support, decrees don’t persuade; they produce backlash. So let’s have the debate.

Gov. Inslee: Methanol Plants Boost ‘Our Clean Energy Future’

The Chinese-backed company plans to build three methanol plants in Kalama, Port of Tacoma and Port Westward in Clatskanie for a total investment of $5.4 billion. Natural gas will be converted to methanol and exported to Asia to make olefin, a component used to produce plastics for many everyday products. Using natural gas is considered a cleaner method than coal, the typical feedstock for olefins in China.

Devil’s in the Details: What’s in the EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan

How the EPA rules handle and value renewable generation, natural gas, nuclear and efficiency all changed in the final rule, as well as the timeline for implementation. All those revisions, however, may end up being less important than the federal implementation plan the agency released alongside the final rule. Here’s what you need to know about each.

EPA: Oil Terminal Plan Doesn’t Pass Muster

A plan to build the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver does not comply with the federal Clean Water Act, and should not be granted a key permit until its impacts are fully addressed, according to a letter the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week. Tesoro and Savage, for their part, believe EPA’s concerns will be addressed during the ongoing state review.

EPA’s Clean Power Plan Tougher Than Expected

In the final rule, the Obama administration will allow for two extra years for utilities to hit their interim targets of achieving a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gases, with a deadline of 2022 instead of 2020. The EPA also offered up a “reliability safety valve.” But it won’t be all smooth sailing for solar and wind. As an increasing volume of solar and wind come online, they will depress peak power prices.

“The Clean Energy Age Is Launching.”

Today, the EPA issued the rules to implement the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. The rules will set the country’s first national limits on climate pollution from electricity generation.

Obama Power Plant Rules Spark 2016 Fight Over Climate Change

The president unveiled the plan at the White House Monday, calling it the “single most important step” the U.S. has taken to combat a major global threat. The Obama administration itself estimated the emissions limits will cost $8.4 billion annually by 2030, though the actual price won’t be clear until states decide how they would reach their targets. Republicans cast the measure requiring states to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent by 2030 as unnecessary and costly White House overreach that will raise energy costs for Americans.