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CDC acknowledges changing situation with COVID-19; Inslee has some catching up to do
By ELIZABETH HOVDE  | 
Aug 11, 2022

Updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said COVID-19 recommendations will no longer differentiate based on vaccination status. CDC officials told reporters the new guidelines acknowledge that most Americans have some form of protection from the virus (having had prior infection or vaccination), and they are unlikely to become seriously ill.

That acknowledgment has yet to be realized by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. He is holding on to his outdated vaccine mandate as a condition of employment, discriminating against state workers, including those fired last fall and future workers.

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Farmers are part of the climate change solution, not the problem
By PAM LEWISON  | 
Aug 11, 2022

The United States Senate recently passed an energy spending bill that would, in part, funnel a great deal of money toward agriculture in an effort to address greenhouse gas emissions from livestock and soil tillage. The goal of this legislation is to bring the U.S. in line with its promised GHG emissions reduction target of 50 percent by 2030.

Agriculture contributes just 11 percent of the total GHG emissions in the U.S., making it the smallest GHG emissions contributor of any sector tracked by the Environmental Protection Agency. Of the 11 percent of GHG emissions from agriculture, research indicates approximately 3 percent of agricultural GHG emissions come from livestock.

The Senate’s passage of the bill is in line with a global push to target agriculture.

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How much will Washington’s new CO2 tax increase gas prices? Let’s bet!
By TODD MYERS  | 
Aug 10, 2022

Based on the Department of Ecology’s projections, Washington state’s new tax on CO2 emissions will add about 46 cents to the cost of a gallon of gas next year. Governor Inslee disagrees. He says the impact will be “pennies.”

This calls for a bet.

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