Environment

Carbon Washington Calls For 2016 Carbon Tax Intiative

In a long and thoughtful, yet strategic email to members and others, Yoram Bauman of Carbon Washington lays out the justification and strategy for a carbon tax initiative to the 2016 legislature. Fairly self explanatory, the email discusses a plan to place a tax on Washington citizens. The intention seems to give the legislature a […]

The Week Ahead in Climate Policy

This week figures to offer significant development on Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate change proposals — as well as Senate Republicans’ response.

Governor’s Office Unveils Potential Toxics Reduction Bill

Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration has unveiled a draft outline of legislation this week that could bring regulating toxic chemicals in Washington state under the umbrella of the Department of Ecology — away from the Legislature’s purview — and could spell far-reaching implications for manufacturers and industries.

Undaunted Inslee: Election Losses Won’t Derail Climate Agenda

If Tuesday’s election losses for the Democratic Party in Washington state were a setback for Gov. Jay Inslee’s first-term environmental agenda, he wasn’t letting on during his first public post-election remarks at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Legislators Examine Proposed EPA State Carbon Emission Targets, With Washington Ranked Highest in U.S.

While federal courts hash out whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate carbon emissions under a seldom-used section of the Clean Air Act, Washington state is left with a regulatory conundrum of its own – how to move forward with implementing the EPA rule despite the legal challenges, and how to […]

Washington Considering New Safety Rules as Crude-By-Rail Traffic Spikes

The issue of oil train safety in Washington state will have another turn in the public spotlight Thursday night in Olympia, when the public is invited to weigh in on recommendations that the state ramp up spending to respond to a potential oil train derailment.

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 […]