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Well Sure...If You Ignore the Other 99.9 Percent

February 25, 2011 in Blog

If someone told you it only costs $25 in taxes every five years to drive on Washington's roads and highways, what would you say? After all, that's how much it costs to renew your driver's license.

That is the logic being used by the environmental community to justify a big increase in permit costs for forestry companies.

Environmental activists are pushing for higher fees on forestry companies, sending an e-mail to supporters this week claiming:

The Symbolic Fight over Centralia's Coal Plant

February 23, 2011 in Blog

One of the bills in Olympia receiving the most publicity this year is the push by the environmental community to shut down the Centralia coal plant, the only coal plant in the state, which supplies about ten percent of Washington's electric power. We believe that carbon creates risk and that putting a reasonable price on carbon makes sense -- and this would impact coal more than other forms of energy.

Advocates of this legislation, however, have made a number of unsupportable claims. Such claims indicate that a key part of this effort is about looking good rather than doing good.

Greens vs. Science: Duff Badgley's Unscientific Biomass Diatribe

February 10, 2011 in Blog

The award for the most science-free editorial of the year goes to Duff Badgley, for his diatribe in the Seattle Times earlier this week, attacking Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark's support of biomass as a renewable source of energy.

Here is a sample of the rhetorical flourish that is substituted liberally in the place of science and data:

Water Quality is Too Important for the Puget Sound Partnership, Says People for Puget Sound

February 8, 2011 in Blog

When the Puget Sound Partnership was created, it was sold as a way to ensure the money we spend on water quality efforts in the Sound are scientifically grounded, coordinated among agencies and prioritized. This is an excellent approach, and the WPC has praised the creation of the PSP in our report card on the state's environmental policies.

Greens vs. Science: Imposing Politics on Science in the State Senate

February 6, 2011 in Blog

One of the most common phrases in environmental policy is "the science says..." Scientific knowledge is held in high regard as a justification for public policy, so claiming the science is on your side is a powerful argument. When science enters the political arena, however, it gets distorted by the political perspective of that arena.

Greens vs. Science: Groundhog Day for Mercury Scares that Harm Our Health

February 2, 2011 in Blog

On Monday, the Washington Toxics Coaltion sent out this Tweet:

RT @: "There is really no place 4 mercury in children." Ped neuro Dr. Suresh Kotagal 2 FDA panel re:mercury fillings @

Green Waste: Where We Spent the Money - Part 7

February 2, 2011 in Blog

This year, the environmental community is making protection of the environmental budget one of its top "priorities." The lobbyist for the Washington Environmental Council told the Associated Press, "Many of these programs are close to being decimated."

Unfortunately, they haven't always been so careful about setting priorities, supporting budget expenditures in the past that were more about politics than environmental benefit.

Green Waste: Where We Spent the Money - Part 5

January 28, 2011 in Blog

This year, the environmental community is making protection of the environmental budget one of its top "priorities." The lobbyist for the Washington Environmental Council told the Associated Press, "Many of these programs are close to being decimated."

Unfortunately, they haven't always been so careful about setting priorities, supporting budget expenditures in the past that were more about politics than environmental benefit.

Green Waste: Where We Spent the Money - Part 4

January 27, 2011 in Blog

This year, the environmental community is making protection of the environmental budget one of its top "priorities." The lobbyist for the Washington Environmental Council told the Associated Press, "Many of these programs are close to being decimated."

Unfortunately, they haven't always been so careful about setting priorities, supporting budget expenditures in the past that were more about politics than environmental benefit.

Green Waste: Where We Spent the Money - Part 2

January 25, 2011 in Blog

This year, the environmental community is making protection of the environmental budget one of its top "priorities." The lobbyist for the Washington Environmental Council told the Associated Press, "Many of these programs are close to being decimated."

Unfortunately, they haven't always been so careful about setting priorities, supporting budget expenditures in the past that were more about politics than environmental benefit.

Green Waste: Where We Spent the Money - Part 1

January 24, 2011 in Blog

Facing budget cuts this session, the environmental community has some stark language for what lies ahead:

While acknowledging the need to sustain critical health, education and social service needs, environmentalists say natural resource agencies have already taken more than their share of cuts -- and there's not much room to reduce further.

Environmental Elitists vs. the Small People

January 13, 2011 in Blog

Last summer during the BP oil spill, the chairman of BP was criticized when he said he wanted to protect the "small people" from the spill's impacts. Now the Afternoon Jolt at Publicola is advocating something similar.

When Environmental Science Catches Up With the Environmental Scares

January 12, 2011 in Blog

It may take some time, but good science often catches up with the political claims. Here are three examples from just the last few weeks.

Was Erin Brockovich Wrong?

A New Year's Resolution for the Department of Ecology

January 7, 2011 in Blog

Last week we asked people to vote for the worst environmental decision of 2010, giving five choices. The people have spoken!

The Environmental Year in Video

December 30, 2010 in Blog

An overview of environmental policy in 2010 would not be complete without reviewing the best videos of the year. Videos provided some of the most entertaining and disturbing moments. Here are five of our favorites.

We have to lead off with the video that caused the biggest stir of the year - a video the producers called "extremely funny." And really, what isn't funny about murdering children and your political opponents (yep, they actually do that in the video)?