Environment

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.

What's New

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

July 30, 2013 in Publications

Key Findings

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

Some Fourth of July Environmental Reading

July 3, 2013 in Blog

Here's a grab bag of stories to read while eating your burger, brat and steak tomorrow. It's what the Founding Fathers would want.

Using the Free Market to Save the Rhino

Here's a great (and moving) piece from NPR's Planet Money on a proposal to encourage the breeding of rhinos in an effort to flood the market with rhino horn (which grows back) and undermine poaching by driving prices down. At the current rate, poaching will cause a decline in the rhino population in 2016.

Inslee Vetoes Environmental Effectiveness Studies

July 2, 2013 in Blog

The budget passed by both chambers of the legislature last week contained a few hopeful signs toward measuring the environmental effectiveness of government policies. When Governor Inslee signed the budget on Sunday, however, he vetoed three sections of the budget that would have helped assess and promote the effectiveness of the state's environmental policy.

Environmental Effectiveness in the Proposed Budget

June 28, 2013 in Blog

There are some promising signs that legislators are beginning to demand environmental effectiveness when funding projects designed to protect Washington's natural resources. In addition to the clause in the Governor's climate bill requiring projects to be prioritized based on carbon reductions per dollar spent, there is budget language requiring a similar approach in other environmental arenas.

Environmental efforts should do the most good for the money

June 27, 2013 in In the News
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Obama's Climate Policies Contrast with Inslee/ALEC Approach

June 25, 2013 in Blog

Today, President Obama outlined his new strategy on climate change, calling for more support for a range of politically chosen strategies. Prior to the speech, Governor Inslee released a statement saying the approach is "a smart, practical and cost effective set of policies."

The approach proposed by the President, however, stands in contrast to Inslee's own climate legislation and model legislation passed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).