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.
Todd Myers, Director, Center for the Environment, February, 2008
Many who advocate efforts aimed at "remaking the economy of the nation, the whole globe" in the name of climate change often refer to the fact that "scientists say" we must act. Good science is critical if we want to address climate change or any environmental issue. Policymakers, however, need to be cautious about how they use science and scientists must take care that they not confuse their personal values with the science they provide. Scientists work to become expert in a particular specialty, narrowing their focus on the details of that area. This produces good science but it can also distort their values and priorities when it comes to policy recommendations.
Todd Myers, Director, Center for Environment, January, 2008
With the push to reduce Washington’s carbon emissions, the legislature is looking for ways to subsidize the creation of renewable energy sources. A bill, SHB 1032, which would tax families and businesses to create a subsidy for new renewable energy sources, raises a number of concerns for taxpayers, ratepayers and for efficiently reducing CO2.