Environment

Editorial: The Cap is Out. Now What?

Electric vehicle tax and regulatory incentives, millions in technology investment through the Clean Energy Fund, incentives for solar and distributed energy, refocusing I-937 on carbon reduction and ending coal-by-wire — in any other year this collection of bills would be considered the makings of a major deal. More remarkable is the coalescence of bipartisan support

The Washington State House Budget Needs Climate Action

The Washington State House has released a state budget for the next two years, but something is conspicuously absent: a price on carbon. Without including the carbon charge from the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act, the House budget misses an opportunity to hold major emitters accountable and fully invest in our communities.

WaBA: An Opportunity to Strengthen I-937

I-937 has been a landmark success, boosting solar and wind electricity. It’s important we make any changes carefully. Senate Bill 5735 gives us a good start by including Carbon Reduction Investments, in transportation for example, which is our biggest carbon pollution source.

Bill Banning Toxics Needs Senate Vote

HB 1174 prohibits the sale of upholstered residential furniture or children’s products that contain certain flame retardants. A second toxics measure sought by Gov. Inslee gets Ecology started on a long-term project to encourage manufacturers to use alternatives to chemicals that pose harm to the environment.

Four Charts Show Carbon Pollution Accountability Act is Still Awesome

The OFM economic modeling, unsurprisingly, showed results similar to Oregon’s recent modeling of a potential state carbon tax: GDP and jobs grow slightly faster in a future where Washington transitions from fossil fuels to clean energy than in a future where we continue with pollution-as-usual.

Carbon Taxation: ‘Pollution Will Be Moved But Not Reduced’

The Washington Research Council has published a major Special Report on both Governor Inslee’s Cap and Trade Bill, and Carbon Washington’s Carbon Tax Initiative. “While the state may face large costs due to the impacts of global warming, neither of these plans would have a measurable effect on these costs…Putting a large price on carbon will raise the costs of living and doing business in this state.”

Climate Change: The Debate Now Is About How We Adapt

The impact of climate change in Washington already is significant. We have two pressing challenges in front of us: How do we reduce carbon emissions that are driving climate change; and how do we prepare our communities for the growing impacts?

Wind and Solar Now Top Subsidies

Solar subsidies have increased markedly since 2010 so that they are now the second most common form of subsidies. Wind was third with $5.5 billion in 2010 but has since moved to the top with $6 billion.