Environment

Headlong Rush To Oil Tax Overlooks a Promising Idea

Article by Erik Smith. Published on Friday, March 19, 2010 EST.Unheralded Ecology Plan Solves Environmental Problems, Avoids Gas Price Increase and Keeps Hands Out of the Cookie Jar   By Erik Smith Staff writer/ Washington State Wire   O…

Refinery Workers Demonstrate Labor’s Divide on Oil-Tax Increase

Article by Erik Smith. Published on Thursday, March 18, 2010 EST.Some 30 uniformed refinery workers stormed the Legislature Wednesday to protest a plan to raise the state’s hazardous-substance taxes to pay for water-pollution programs. The plan is like…

Electric Bills Could Rise to Pay for Billion-Dollar Jobs Program

Article by Erik Smith. Published on Thursday, March 18, 2010 EST.Jobs Plan Sounded Better When Nobody Got the Tab   By Erik Smith Staff writer/ Washington State Wire   OLYMPIA, March 18.—A nearly billion-dollar jobs plan approved by the sta…

Gutsy Lawmakers Drink From BPA Bottles

Article by Erik Smith. Published on Thursday, March 04, 2010 EST.Take Tough Action Against Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups – Their Own are a Different Matter   Lawmakers courageously ignore warnings and show support for the bottled water industry by drin…

Legislature Holds Seattle’s Feet to Fire on Dam Deal

Article by Erik Smith. Published on Friday, February 12, 2010 EST.Utility Played Hardball With Powerless County Until Legislature Stepped In – City Makes Deal on Back Pay, Talks Continue Boundary Dam on the Pend Oreille River. Photo: Photobucket.c…

Seattle Starves Tiny County in Dam Dispute, Officials Charge

Article by Erik Smith. Published on Tuesday, February 09, 2010 EST.Queen City Doesn’t Like Impact Fees When it Has to Pay – Argument Moves to Olympia   Boundary Dam.By Erik Smith Staff writer/ Washington State Wire   OLYMPIA, Feb. 9.—Whenev…

Green Plan to Bail Out State Budget is Introduced

Article by Erik Smith. Published on Monday, February 08, 2010 EST.Big Tax on Oil Would Bail Out General Fund, Raise Price of Gas Statewide – And Eventually Use Money for Water Projects   By Erik Smith Staff writer/ Washington State Wire   OLY…

No Deal Yet on Big Energy Bill, But Senate Panel Keeps Issue Alive

Article by Erik Smith. Published on Friday, February 05, 2010 EST.Passes Bill That Can be Changed Later – Billions of Dollars in Power Bills at Stake in Initiative 937 Rewrite   By Erik Smith Staff writer/ Washington State Wire   OLYMPIA, Feb…