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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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Politics are More Fun Than Climate Leadership

December 20, 2013 in Blog

It is a familiar pattern. Politicians promise to take a science-based approach to climate policy only to ditch the science and data for partisan politics and feel-good rhetoric when deadlines draw near.

In his editorial board meeting with the Olympian, Governor Inslee had this to say about the climate policy he wants:

Washington Policy Center response to plastic bag ban staff report

December 9, 2013 in In the News
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Kirkland Staff Report Advocating Plastic Bag Ban Cites Social Media as Scientific Source

December 7, 2013 in Blog

Last month, Kirkland City staff released a report advocating a ban on plastic grocery bags, arguing "single-use plastic bags have proven to be detrimental to our environment and a drain on our non-renewable natural resources." The report argues a ban achieves the greatest balance of business, environmental and public benefits.

Climate Science: How the environmental left became the new deniers

December 4, 2013 in Publications

“The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change raises the level of alarm. … global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers...”
- Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe, 2007

 When the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report in 2007, the response of the environmental left was close to hysterical. The IPCC’s international mandate was so clear, the left called its findings the “climate consensus.” People who questioned the IPCC’s authority, some said, had the mentality of holocaust deniers.

Bees, T-Shirts and Corn: Three Items on GMOs

December 1, 2013 in Blog

Last month, voters in Washington state rejected labeling biotechnology crops, known as "genetically modified organisms" or GMOs. The issue, however, isn't going away. Here are three bits of GMO news and information since the labelling initiative was turned down.

Bees and Bt Corn

As a beekeeper, I ran across this one in my winter reading.

Shift from politics to the free market for true energy sustainability

November 21, 2013 in Publications

This oped was published on Global Affairs Initiative's website on November 19, 2013.

Politicians like to argue that only they can guide effective energy and environmental policy for the future. The record, however, is quite different.

Nothing demonstrates the contrast between energy policy run by politicians and one guided by a free market than the tale of the electric car versus the hybrid.

PEMCO's Solar Roof Five Years Later: $346.87 Of Environmental Benefit

November 21, 2013 in Blog

Today is the fifth anniversary of something many drivers stuck in Seattle traffic have become familiar with: the PEMCO solar panel reader board.

Vague and Contradictory Data Make State's Climate Report a Policy Rorschach Test

November 18, 2013 in Blog

The state's Climate Legislative Executive Workgroup (CLEW) is examining policies designed to reduce the state's carbon emissions. The key tool in that process is supposed to be a report analyzing the effectiveness of those strategies. The report, however, provides very little useful information about what strategies are best.