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.

Press Releases

Governor's "Green" Building Proposal Founded on History of Costly and Ineffective Eco-fads

Statement of Washington Policy Center Environmental Director Todd Myers on the Governor’s State of the State Address

Seattle - “In her State of the State address today, the Governor announced a program to retrofit state buildings with a ‘green building program’ that she claims will save $60 million. Washington politicians frequently make such claims, but in the past they have been consistently inaccurate and even retracted by the agencies overseeing the projects.

Governor’s Chief of Staff: State’s Climate Policy Worse than Federal Cap-and-Trade

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.

Dow Constantine is Lying about Washington Policy Center

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:

Washington Policy Center to host FREE movie premiere showings of “Not Evil Just Wrong: The True Cost of Global Warming Hysteria” across Washington

On Sunday, October 18 at 5 PM, Washington Policy Center (WPC) is partnering with Irish filmmakers, Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, for a free showing of the film “Not Evil Just Wrong.”

“Not Evil Just Wrong” is a feature-length documentary which takes on the global warming alarmism and highlights errors in former Vice-President Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth.” This event is being coordinated with the filmmakers and hundreds of other groups nationwide to qualify this event for the World Record Premiere.

UW Professor Bruce Lippke to be Honored for Work on Sustainable Forestry

Seattle – Washington Policy Center, the state’s premier independent policy research organization, announced today that its 2009 Environmental Innovator Award will be awarded to Bruce Lippke, Professor of Forest Economics at the University of Washington.

Each year WPC’s Center for the Environment awards its Environmental Innovator Award to groups or individuals who have helped promote innovative and effective approaches to environmental sustainability.

Today It’s Global Warming; In the ‘70s It was the Coming Ice Age

Seattle - On Earth Day, we commonly hear dark predictions about the looming horrors of global warming (a typical example, “What is at stake [is] our ability to live on planet Earth,” Al Gore). 

Yet not so long ago the news media issued dire warnings about global cooling and a coming Ice Age.  Consider these headlines:

Free Film on Global Warming to be Shown on Earth Day at Rachel Carson Elementary in Sammamish

Seattle – On Earth Day (April 22) at 6:30pm Washington Policy Center will show the new film “Not Evil Just Wrong: The True Cost of Global Warming Hysteria” at Rachel Carson Elementary School in Sammamish.  The film’s directors, Irish journalists Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, will be attending to debut and discuss the film.  The event is free and open to the public.

Washington Policy Center Comments on Senate "Green Jobs" Proposal

Olympia – Unfortunately, the government spending announced today by state Senators will do little to create jobs and will leave the environment worse off in years to come. The eco-fads of past legislative sessions like biofuels, electric and hydrogen cars or so-called “green” buildings, cost taxpayers millions but did little for the environment.

Peer Review Raises Serious Questions about State Climate Advisory Team’s Recommendations

Seattle – A third-party peer review of the state Climate Advisory Team’s recommendations found serious flaws in economic projections of costs and benefits.  Washington Policy Center’s study, a cost-benefit analysis by The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston, has concluded that the state Climate Advisory Team’s (CAT) report on addressing climate change in Washington made significant errors, such as overcounting some benefits and ig

Bjorn Lomborg Keynoting Environmental Policy Luncheon Tomorrow

Seattle – Bjorn Lomborg, best-selling author of Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming, will keynote Washington Policy Center’s annual Environmental Policy Luncheon and Conference tomorrow at the Seattle Westin.  More than 300 people will be in attendance.