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.
Seattle - Claiming that Washington families and workers benefit from her executive order on climate regulation, Governor Christine Gregoire is preparing to head to Copenhagen to attend the conference on climate change. Despite those claims, however, internal briefing documents marked “confidential” show that officials know the proposal will hurt Washington businesses and families.
Todd Myers, Director, Center for the Environment, November, 2009
When environmental sustainability is left to politics, competing priorities often intervene, undermining the environmental goals. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), known as the federal stimulus package, is a good case in point. Here in Washington, ARRA's rule on "buy American" and prevailing wage have had the perverse impact of preventing job creation and slowing projects to promote environmental sustainability. Projects to create clean water and promote energy efficiency have been held up by the bureaucratic rules that come with politically-motivated programs. As a result, the goal of job creation has been undermined and the state is far below the targets it set for making homes more energy efficient. These problems are more examples that when we put environmental sustainability in the hands of government programs, the results are often costly and disappointing.
Seattle - In a new T.V. ad King County Executive candidate Dow Constantine renews his attack on Washington Policy Center, claiming WPC’s Policy Guide for Washington State opposes green energy jobs.
Constantine’s claim is false. WPC’s research shows that policymakers should be aware that efforts to create jobs by promoting green technology may be offset by jobs losses in other economic sectors.
On page 75 the Policy Guide says: