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With Wildfires Increasing, How Should We Fund Efforts to Stop Them?

August 12, 2014 in In the News
Emergency Management Magazine
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Emergency Management Magazine
Date: 
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Is Environmental Impact Analysis Useful? State Doesn't Know, but Wants to Make it More Complex.

August 12, 2014 in Blog

Let's say you used a tool every day to solve a problem. Don't you think you'd wonder if that tool actually did the job?

For more than three decades, the state has required environmental impact analysis for a range of projects as part of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The purpose of the analysis is to understand potential environmental problems of projects and proposals.

2015 Eastern Washington Solutions Summit

August 12, 2014 in Events
Date: 
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Time: 
7:30 am - 1:30 pm
Place: 
3 Rivers Convention Center
7016 W Grandridge Blvd
Kennewick, WA

The half-day conference will be attended by policy makers, elected officials, and business leaders.

2015 Bellevue Solutions Summit

August 12, 2014 in Events
Date: 
Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Time: 
7:30 am - 1:30 pm
Place: 
Hyatt Regency Bellevue
900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

The conference will be attended by policy makers, elected officials, and business leaders and consist of a breakfast speaker, then breakout sessions in the morning, featuring local and national experts, on the following policy topics:

With wildfires increasing, how should we fund efforts to stop them?

August 11, 2014 in In the News
The Seattle Times
Source: 
The Seattle Times
Date: 
Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Glimpse of How Climate Orthodoxy Is Undermining Environmental Benefit

July 31, 2014 in Blog

If you want evidence that climate policy puts environmental orthodoxy ahead of environmental benefit, the Governor's preliminary climate proposal provides a clear example.

The 14-page PowerPoint released this week puts strict limits on investments in carbon-reducing projects known as “offsets.” Why? The environmental community appears to feel that forcing lifestyle change is more important than actually helping the environment. The symbolism of sacrifice trumps sound science and policy.

If Science is Created and Nobody Listens, Does It Make a Difference?

July 23, 2014 in Blog

Few things set off the government waste alarms like state agencies proposing to spend money on "branding."