Environment

With an Eye on Labor, Seattle City Council Goes Green

When members of a city council committee unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday condemning the Port of Seattle’s two-year lease to host Arctic oil drilling equipment, Shell Oil was not in the room. As a result, Seattle council members were forced to defend their condemnation not to the multi-national fossil fuel producer, but to angry people they still clearly respect: Seattle’s working class.

Shellfish Growers Frustrated as Ecology Cancels Pesticide Permit

Ecology officials said the decision to block the use of the pesticide was made after hearing from residents across Washington that the practice did not meet their expectations. Ecology spokesman Chase Gallagher said the objections from residents weren’t specific to the use of imidacloprid, but to the use of pesticides in general.

Mayor: Port Needs New Permit to Host Shell Oil-Drilling Fleet

“The mayor’s action … raises grave concerns about his stated commitment to Seattle’s thriving maritime community,” A spokesman for Foss added in a written statement. “By giving a small but vocal group the ability to jeopardize the commercial relationships between our local maritime businesses and the Port of Seattle, the mayor is casting serious doubt on the future of the city’s working waterfront.”

Carbon Reduction Investments are Smart Strategy for Electric Sector

A bill under consideration in the legislature would credit utilities under the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (I-937) for making investments in projects which reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This article explores the concept behind Carbon Reduction Investments and why the Washington Business Alliance believes it’s a strategy worth pursuing.

Unraveling the Regulatory State

What are the regulatory burdens of Dodd-Frank? How much of a burden have EPA regulations imposed recently? The answers — $20.9 billion and $280.1 billion — can be found using a new tool from my team at the American Action Forum: regrodeo.com.