Wildlife Habitat, Once Lost, Cannot Be Regained

Now the state Senate is proposing to reallocate funding from habitat-related categories to those categories supporting local parks and trails. We reject the false choice that pits habitat and outdoor recreation against one another. Our state remains in need of more and improved wildlife habitat. Many species are in decline as the population grows and available habitat is lost.

Shell to State: We’re In Seattle Legally Through End Of June

Shell Oil has rejected state officials’ position that parking an Arctic oil rig at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 violates the state constitution. Shell told the Washington Department of Natural Resources on Monday that it plans to keep its oil rig in Seattle until the end of June. It might bring a second rig here as well before sending them up to the Arctic Ocean this summer.

What Drought? Meteorologist Cliff Mass vs. Nearly Everyone

Mass speaks out against what he sees as exaggeration from climate activists, but he is no denier. Rather, he believes the significant effects of manmade climate change won’t be truly felt for a long time. Governor Jay Inslee’s dire pronouncements regarding a statewide drought emergency? Just part of a history of exaggeration on environmental issues. In dismissing current drought conditions, Mass points to precipitation levels. They’re pretty normal statewide. Snowpack, however, is the focus of concern presently.

Cutting Carbon Pollution While Promoting Economic Growth

Industry groups that want to block action on climate change often argue that the United States cannot curtail carbon emissions without harming the economy. However, new research and real-world experience show that this is a false choice: Americans do not need to choose between a healthy economy and a safe, low-carbon future.

State Environmental Agencies’ Comments on the Clean Power Plan

Environmental agencies from states with governors of both parties find much to criticize when they consider how the proposed rule would affect their electric grid. On the other hand, environmental agencies from states with Republican governors are far more likely to go beyond specific concerns to more confrontational claims that the Clean Power Plan is without legal basis.

Former Gov. Lowry in Town to Support Millennium Project

Former Washington governor Mike Lowry was in town Thursday to tour and promote Millennium Bulk Terminals’ proposed coal export facility. Lowry admitted he had concerns when he was initially approached to tour the site. Like many others, Lowry said was worried about coal dust at the project, but Millennium described control measures that put those concerns to rest, he said.

Politicians Are Wayward on Shell Lease; Goodbye Blue-Green Coalition

Murray — and Constantine, the City Council and Goldmark — set what shipyard boss Stevens rightly called “a very bad precedent.” Their bureaucratic roadblocks effectively imposed a political litmus test for business at the Port. It apparently doesn’t matter if the business is legal and permitted by federal regulators. The message from Seattle is that it must be pure in the eyes of local politicians, too.

EPA’s Triple Threat to the Economy

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency released one of the strictest water rules ever issued, part of what could be the most expansive regulatory binge in the agency’s history. The three new regulations are Waters of the United States (WOTUS), the Clean Power Plan and National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Ozone.

To Protect Our Climate, Stop Purchasing Coal

Coal-fired electricity is responsible for about 80 percent of carbon pollution from our state’s electricity sector, and the Colstrip power plant in Montana is one of the most-polluting plants in the American West. The takeaway is clear: We need to help Colstrip’s main owner, Puget Sound Energy, protect Washington customers from Colstrip’s costs, set an early retirement date for the plant and put together a clean-energy replacement plan.