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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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Five Environmental Questions the Scott Walker Protestors Won't Answer

September 5, 2013 in Blog

Tonight, union and environmental activists are threatening to protest Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's speech at our annual dinner. Such protests, of course, are long on rhythmic chanting and short on thoughtful argument.

It is notable, however, that the announcement of the protest encourages "environmental activists" to protest the Governor's "environment-damaging policies." So, here are five questions for environmental activists who decide to show up tonight.

Companies Receiving "Green Money" going Belly-Up

August 28, 2013 in In the News
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Yakima School District Passes Climate Change Seriousness Test

August 28, 2013 in Blog

Yesterday, a Yakima TV station reported that a small group was pushing the Yakima School District to put solar panels on the new Eisenhower High School. KNDO reported on the picketers:

Washington State's Failed "Energy Freedom" Loans Are 0-for-3, Risking $4.4 Million in Taxpayer Funds

August 26, 2013 in Blog

Today, the Washington State Department of Commerce released its assessment of the Energy Freedom Program, created in 2006 to "promote public research and development in bioenergy." As part of the program the state loaned just over $10 million to four companies, in partnership with public entities, to generate biofuels and renewable energy. One company just began operations in July, but the other three have been operating for a few years now and are a useful guide to the failure of political efforts to create a "green" economy.

Oregon's big summer solar slump

August 20, 2013 in In the News
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bad Politics and Failed Policies: Green Energy and Boeing's SST

July 30, 2013 in Publications

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Environment Washington Fails the Climate Change Seriousness Test

July 15, 2013 in Blog

Are you serious about climate change? Do you think it is a policy worth addressing? How can we tell who is really serious from the everyday poseur who is simply engaging in public preening? Here is a simple test.

What do they think about solar panels?

Today, Diana Lloyd-Jones of Environment Washington pens an ode to solar panels, calling them the "wave of the future," and saying that if enough people supported solar panels "we could start a movement."

Dept. of Energy's Claim About Climate and Hydro Doesn't Hold Water

July 11, 2013 in Blog

The U.S. Department of Energy yesterday released a report on "Impacts to the Energy Sector from Climatic Conditions." It notes "climate change is happening -- and the effects are already being felt across the country." The report examines how "decreasing water availability" and other impacts are harming energy production.

This claim caught my attention:

Economic Potential of Clean, Green Energy

July 9, 2013 in In the News
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Todd Myers of Wa. Policy Center explains why global climate claims from Obama are wrong

July 8, 2013 in In the News
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Monday, July 1, 2013