Environment

Bills in Washington State Seek to End Use of Coal

The bill would also allow utilities to recover mitigation costs from closing a plant, such as financial assistance to displaced employees, from their customers. Washington State gets less than 14 percent of its power from coal.

Toxics Reduction Bill Draws Praise, Fire in First Committee Hearing

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

Renewable Energy Mandate Revisions Resurface in Olympia

In another round of debate that’s become as perennial in the Legislature as the Seahawks playing in the Super Bowl, renewable energy advocates are squaring off with utilities over Washington state’s renewable energy mandate.

Americans’ Increasing Distrust of Science – and Not Just on Climate Change

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.