Environment

WPC's Center for the Environment brings balance to the environmental debate by promoting the idea that human progress and prosperity work in a free economy to protect the environment.

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“I will stay away from the math.” Why Washington’s environmental policy has failed.

May 27, 2015 in Blog

One sentence sums up the last ten years of Washington's environmental policy.

"I will stay away from the math and instead tell you all a short story about my son."

The Science and Comedy of Kirkland’s Proposed Bag Ban

May 20, 2015 in Publications

“Borderline comical.” As members of the Kirkland City council consider banning plastic grocery bags, they should keep those words in mind. 

They are the words of Dr. Christopher Reddy, Senior Scientist at Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institute when he spoke against Rhode Island’s proposed ban on plastic bags. After listening to environmental activists pushing the ban, he made it clear their arguments – the same arguments we hear in Washington state – are simply unscientific. 

Seattle falls short of global-warming targets

May 20, 2015 in In the News
The Seattle Times
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The Seattle Times
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cap-and-Trade in Washington state. Phase 2: the big buyoff

May 13, 2015 in Blog

Having failed to garner enough support from House Democrats, the Governor’s cap-and-trade bill now enters what has become a traditional phase for cap-and-trade legislation: the Big Buyoff. A new version of the cap-and-trade proposal was released this week, this time with hundreds of millions of dollars intended for selected industries to earn the votes of particular representatives.

This is a familiar pattern for cap-and-trade. The examples are plentiful.

It’s Time to Bring Energy Policy Into the Smartphone Era

May 8, 2015 in Publications

"Eco-Fads" by Todd Myers

May 7, 2015 in In the News
freerepublic.com
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freerepublic.com
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Monday, May 4, 2015

Let’s Embrace Natural Gas as a Transition Fuel

May 7, 2015 in In the News
The Wall Street Journal
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The Wall Street Journal
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015