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Kirkland Poll on Plastic Bags: Strong Opposition to a Ban

June 3, 2013 in Blog

After other local cities have banned plastic grocery bags, the City of Kirkland commissioned a public opinion survey to see what residents would think about bringing the policy to the community. Not much, apparently.

Two results stand out.

Thurston County Taxpayers Pay for County Staff's Unscientific Campaign on Plastic Bags

May 30, 2013 in Blog

As part of its (taxpayer-funded) campaign to ban plastic bags, the staff at Thurston County Solid Waste released a new report called "Reducing Our Use: Plastic Shopping Bags," that purports to provide the science of the impact of plastic bags. The report, however, includes claims that have been called false by the nation's leading science organizations. Other claims simply ignore key data to reach the politically desired conclusion.

Todd Myers with fact on Global Warming and weather

May 21, 2013 in In the News
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Rethinking Washington State Parks: How to Avoid Governor Inslee’s Plan to Close 60 State Parks

May 17, 2013 in Publications

In his “Working Washington” report issued earlier this year, Gov. Jay Inslee proposes a range of new taxes to help increase funding for education and other state services, including Washington’s cash-strapped state parks system.[1] Without an additional $23.7 million in new funding, the governor warns that “up to 60 state parks could be closed year round or seasonally.”

Seattle plan is for city to be carbon neutral by 2050

May 15, 2013 in In the News
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Forum to discuss climate change impacts

May 10, 2013 in In the News
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Friday, May 10, 2013

My Bees, Pesticides and Washington State's Biofuel Mandate

April 30, 2013 in Blog

The sun is slowly arriving and the bees in my new beehives, as well as bees across the Northwest, will be happier for it. As they begin to pollinate flowers and orchards, however, they will face a number of challenges: Varroa mites, wasps, pesticides and loss of suitable bee pasture.

Bees in Hive