A proposal from Gov. Jay Inslee to overhaul the regulation of toxic chemicals in Washington state drew high praise and withering criticism in its first hearing in the House Environment Committee Monday afternoon. The main thrust of the legislation would take the Legislature’s authority to possibly ban chemical use in consumer products, manufacturing and other
Climate Activists Expand Grassroots Efforts While CarbonWA Prepares to Collect Initiative Signatures
With only two months to go before initiative signature gatherers for one organization will be hitting the street, environmental groups are continuing to push their carbon reduction climate change agenda at local Climate Action Forums and Town Hall Meetings. On Saturday there were two forums, one in Seattle and one in Olympia. The Olympia Forum
Eight in 10 Americans believe science has made life better for most people, but they still don’t trust scientists — and/or aren’t aware of their consensus — on many of the most important science-related issues of the day. And that goes for far more than just climate change. And it includes plenty of Democrats too.
California has the eighth-largest economy in the world, with gross domestic domestic product of $2.2 trillion in 2013. It had 483.3 million metric tons of carbon emissions statewide, but its cap-and-trade program, which forces polluters to pay to emit, is estimated to generate $850 million in 2014-15.