Environment

Cap-and-Trade: Not Just Smokestacks, But a Broader Tax Based on Energy Consumption

In promoting his cap-and-trade proposal around Washington state and in the Legislature, Gov. Jay Inslee has frequently relied on a “make polluters pay” mantra – charging the state’s top sources of carbon emissions to get about $1 billion annually to pay for schools, bridges, affordable housing and tax rebates for the poor. But who has

Senate Bill a Path for Carbon Reduction

Republican-backed legislation in the Senate meant to require the state’s utilities to reduce carbon emissions is worthy of praise. The House should amend the bill to allow credit for technologies yet to be developed. And while they’re at it, they can be clearer about why carbon reduction is necessary.

Inslee Cap-and-Trade Bill to Open Legislative Session’s Second Act

If the house of origin deadline, which eclipsed Wednesday at 5 p.m., is the unofficial starting point for the legislative session’s second act, there’s no better curtain raiser than a hearing in House Appropriations on Thursday afternoon for Gov. Jay Inslee’s cap-and-trade proposal. It’s a surefire bet for political drama if it moves forward. The

Catalyst Op-Ed: Passing Partisanship on the Road to Carbon Reduction

SB 5735 introduces a new concept called Carbon Reduction Investments. It would give utilities the flexibility to invest in a more diverse set of technologies than currently allowed under I-937. These technologies include electric vehicle charging infrastructure, energy storage, smart grid, the electrification and alternative fuel conversion of transportation, such as public and private fleets.

Low-Carbon Fuels Debate Fires Up in Washington, Oregon Legislatures

The Legislatures of Washington and Oregon have been polarized in recent weeks by debate over low-carbon fuels standards, which is either a key means of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming, or a boondoggle-in-waiting that will jack up fuel prices for marginal environmental benefit. There’s very little middle ground in between the two sides.

What’s Alive and What’s Dead: 2015 Edition

A look at what’s alive and what’s dead (or, at least flat-lining) in the Legislature after policy committee cutoff Friday: The Big Bills: HB 1314, Gov. Jay Inslee’s cap-and-trade proposal: Alive, as it passed out of the House Environment Committee the week before cutoff. It now awaits a hearing in the House Appropriations Committee. SB

Clean Fuel Standard: A Solution for Pollution

Tailpipe emissions (primarily from gasoline and diesel) account for nearly half of the greenhouse gases spewed into the atmosphere in Oregon and Washington, as well as massive health impacts on affected communities.