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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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State Prepares to Adopt Water Quality Standards So High They Can’t Be Met

July 7, 2014 in Blog

Today Fox News aired a story discussing the dramatically increased fish consumption rate that will soon be adopted by the Washington state Department of Ecology (DOE).  The story included comments from the Washington Policy Center, which began researching and commenting on the fish consumption issue in 2012.

Is Governor Inslee Right About the Impact of Coal Exports on Puget Sound?

June 27, 2014 in Blog

Would you consider a change of 0.083 percent "unparalleled" and "significant"? Apparently, Governor Jay Inslee does.

Two weeks ago, Governor Inslee visited the Vancouver Columbian editorial board and defended his proposal to require an unprecedented level of analysis regarding proposed export terminals. His process, known as "expanded SEPA," has never been done before and would attempt to analyze the environmental impact not only of the terminal but of all the products being exported.

Is Climate Change Killing Honeybees?

June 23, 2014 in Blog

Last week, for National Pollinator Week, the President released a fact sheet announcing new efforts to save honeybees.

As a beekeeper, I can certainly attest to the value of bees for a whole range of reasons. I was speaking last week in Bellingham and one farmer/beekeeper in the audience noted that bees increase yields at his orchard by 40-50 percent. Others, like me, like the honey and simply enjoy keeping bees.

The Market—Not Policy—Will Dictate Coal’s Future

June 16, 2014 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was published by The Wall Street Journal on May 23, 2014. 

Whatever the EPA does about coal, there are several realities that will continue to dictate the future of coal in our energy mix.

To Save Water, Stop Subsidizing It

June 16, 2014 in Publications

What’s Next for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

June 16, 2014 in Publications

Don’t Let Politicians Make Energy Policy

June 16, 2014 in Publications