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.
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.
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)?
Just a few years back, Washington voters passed legislation requiring utilities to provide increasing amounts of renewable energy to their customers. The definition of "renewable" is fairly narrow, but it does include "biomass," which is energy from wood waste, predominantly, that is burned to generate electricity.
Seeing an opportunity to profit, a company called Adage has announced its plans to build a large biomass plant near Shelton to sell the electricity to Washington state utilities. Some greenies, however, aren't happy about it.
When listening to politicians and campaigns, the message people lead with often reveals the real reason they support a particular policy. Some are very good at "staying on message," but most soon reveal their primary motivation.
Which is why these comments from two of R-52's biggest advocates struck me:
Today, supporters of Referendum 52, which would add nearly a billion dollars in state debt to fund energy projects in state schools, write in the Everett Herald about why voters should vote "yes." Interestingly, the study they cite indicating R-52 will make schools healthier has nothing to do with the projects R-52 would fund.
Roger Pielke Jr., who spoke earlier this year at our annual environmental conference, is in Seattle today to read from his new book "The Climate Fix." It is one of the most thoughtful books on the subject I've read in some time. Here is what I wrote on Amazon about The Climate Fix:
Friday, the state's Clean Energy Leadership Council held a public meeting in Seattle to unveil its approach on how the state can "grow the clean energy sector and promote economic development and green job creation in Washington."
The event concluded with a speech from Ash Awad, McKinstry's Vice President of Energy and Facility Services, who promised that with the right policies the state could achieve "environmental salvation." What policies did he propose?
In recent weeks the Puget Sound Partnership has received a growing number of complaints about the way it is making decisions about Puget Sound cleanup. Here is a list of recent pieces on the PSP, the challenges it faces and critiques.