Washington's Cap-and-Trade is Dead

March 27, 2015 in Blog

House Democrats released their budget today and the revenue from the Governor's proposed cap-and-trade carbon policy is not included. Bills necessary to implement the budget are never truly dead, but the exclusion of cap-and-trade from the House budget means the Governor's carbon policy is fundamentally dead.

Thurston County Data Shows Plastic Bag Bans Increased Water and Air Pollution

March 24, 2015 in Blog

Now that Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and unincorporated areas of Thurston County have implemented a ban on plastic grocery bags, Thurston County Solid Waste completed a study of what kind of grocery bag residents now use. The results show the ban has likely increased emissions of greenhouse gases and increased water pollution that contributes to "dead zones" in the ocean.

Is a One Percent Reduction in Air Pollution Next Decade Worth Blocking Transportation Package?

March 10, 2015 in Blog

"What does that mean for real people? For a start, it imperils the health of Washington state residents." That is the way Sen. Pramila Jayapal described clauses in the Senate transportation package requiring legislative approval for a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS).

WSU economic study shows Cap-and-Trade costs for gasoline will be borne entirely by consumers

February 25, 2015 in Blog

One of the ongoing debates about Governor Inslee's cap-and-trade proposal is who will end up paying the billions of dollars a year in new costs associated with the proposed system.

The myth of Cap-and-Trade "success" in the N.E. United States (RGGI)

February 11, 2015 in Blog

One of the most common arguments made by supporters of Governor Inslee's cap-and-trade legislation is that a similar system in the NE United States is working well and has not harmed the economy. Advocates claim Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiation, known as RGGI, has cut carbon emissions and the economy wasn't harmed.

Will the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency correct its legislative testimony?

February 6, 2015 in Blog

Craig Kenworthy, the Executive Director of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) should correct comments he made to the legislature last week.

During hearings before the House Environment committee, Kenworthy urged the committee to adopt the Governor's cap-and-trade plan, saying that cutting carbon emissions would provide "co-benefits" such as reducing traditional air pollution like particulate matter. To make the point, however, he said something that is inaccurate.

Solar, food, high-tech companies hit by Governor's Cap-and-Trade proposal

January 26, 2015 in Blog

Tomorrow, the House Environment Committee will hear the Governor's cap-and-trade legislation that would charge businesses that emit carbon dioxide. There has been debate about who is actually covered under the plan. Although the Department of Ecology says there are 130 organizations that will be hit, their list includes only 94.

Inslee Climate Advisor suggests "Cap-and-Jail"

January 15, 2015 in Blog

Last night, a member of Governor Inslee's carbon taskforce told a University of Washington audience that to ensure emissions reductions targets were met, he favored "cap-and-jail."

The Governor's Many (Frustrating) Climate Contradictions

December 17, 2014 in Blog

The Governor announced the rest of his climate strategy today, calling for a $1 billion a year cap-and-trade, a low-carbon fuel standard that would add additional cost to gasoline and subsidies for a wide range of politically favored industries.

The details of the plan are not available, so we will address them as they emerge.

But what struck me most were the many contradictions in the Governor's announcement. Such contradictions are indicators that politics, not sound science and economics, are driving the policy.

There were many examples:

Five Key Facts About the Governor's Cap-and-Trade Announcement Today

December 16, 2014 in Blog

Governor Inslee announced part of his climate policy today - a cap-and-trade system that would tax gasoline and other fuels. Here are five key facts about the announcement today.

It is Cap-and-Trade

Washington State Oyster Harvests Rising Despite Claims of Acidification

December 3, 2014 in Blog

Last year was a banner year for oyster aquaculture in Washington state waters.

According to data from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the harvest of shelled oysters rose dramatically last year, more than double the amount from 2012, and 78 percent higher than the previous high in 2005.

What Did the Time and Money Spent on the Climate March Achieve? Nothing.

November 5, 2014 in Blog

Two months ago, environmental groups like Climate Solutions were predicting the Climate March would "change everything," making climate change a key issue in the election and for the public.

WSU Project Reducing Gluten Toxicity Using Biotechnology Crops: A GMO Update

October 30, 2014 in Blog

This year, voters in Oregon will decide on a GMO labeling initiative similar to the one Washington residents turned down last year. During last year's campaign, we noted that Washington State University was developing a strain of wheat that would eliminate or greatly reduce the gluten toxicity. We thought it would be a good time to check in on the progress of this effort.

Ocean Acidification: Ecology Admits Science "Is Not There" to Claim Oyster Deaths

October 29, 2014 in Blog

Note: Prior to publication, we shared this with Ecology for factchecking and to verify our interpretation of our discussion. They offered some edits and we have included all of them in the text below.