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How We Misjudge Costs and Benefits With Energy Efficiency

September 29, 2014 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was featured in The Wall Street Journal on September 29, 2014

Imagine walking up to someone sitting in a Lexus and offering a $5-an-hour job flipping burgers. How many people do you think would accept? Probably none.

How We Misjudge Costs and Benefits With Energy Efficiency

September 29, 2014 in In the News
The Wall Street Journal
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The Wall Street Journal
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Seattle's Action on Honeybees Scientifically Calibrated to Help Politicians, Not Bees

September 26, 2014 in Blog

Environmental policy provides numerous examples where trendy politics and ignorance trump sound science. The City of Seattle's latest action to protect honeybees is just the latest example.

Taking a step called "very conservative," the City of Seattle announced it will no longer use a class of pesticides called neonicitinoids. The resolution, which is boilerplate language from other cities, claims:

In Seattle, compost your food scraps — or else

September 25, 2014 in In the News
Q13 Fox
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Q13 Fox
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In Seattle, compost your food scraps -- or else

September 25, 2014 in In the News
CNN
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CNN
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

State Economic Modelers Have "No Confidence" In Accuracy of Projections on Climate Policy

September 23, 2014 in Blog

A central argument of the Governor's push for climate policy has been that it will create jobs and help the economy. Along those lines, the Governor's climate workgroup recently released an economic study that showed positive economic results from one potential climate policy.

Now, however, the economists who produced those results admit they have "no confidence" in the accuracy of the projections.

Will The Climate March Make A Difference? I Say "No"...Or Your Money Back!

September 18, 2014 in Blog

This Sunday, environmental groups will be in the streets of Seattle, Portland, New York and elsewhere, to promote action on climate change. The left-wing group, Climate Solutions, promises it will "change everything!"

Commentary: Is an all-green energy strategy worth the cost?

September 16, 2014 in In the News
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
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Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Politicians say the darndest things about climate change

September 15, 2014 in In the News
The Seattle Times
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The Seattle Times
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Monday, September 15, 2014

EPA and Ecology Contradict Governor on Ocean Acidification

September 10, 2014 in Blog

It has become Exhibit A for the claim that climate change is "already here." Ocean acidification, with increased atmospheric CO2 being absorbed by the ocean and reducing the pH (i.e. acidifying) of the water, is frequently cited by the Governor and others, pushing their particular climate policy.

Just last month, The New York Times highlighted the Governor's message on acidification and oysters: