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.


The Science and Comedy of Kirkland’s Proposed Bag Ban

May 20, 2015 in Publications

“Borderline comical.” As members of the Kirkland City council consider banning plastic grocery bags, they should keep those words in mind. 

They are the words of Dr. Christopher Reddy, Senior Scientist at Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institute when he spoke against Rhode Island’s proposed ban on plastic bags. After listening to environmental activists pushing the ban, he made it clear their arguments – the same arguments we hear in Washington state – are simply unscientific. 

It’s Time to Bring Energy Policy Into the Smartphone Era

May 8, 2015 in Publications

What the Energy Sector Can Learn From Uber

March 31, 2015 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was featured in The Wall Street Journal on March 31, 2015.

Download a PDF of this opinion/editorial here. 

For most Americans, the type and price of energy they must buy is dictated by their local utility.

Five myths of Cap-and-Trade

March 17, 2015 in Publications

Nearly half of electric car tax breaks go to state’s wealthiest 10 percent

January 20, 2015 in Publications

$15 million tax break does little to increase car sales, yields no environmental benefit

Viewpoint: Fall 2014

November 26, 2014 in Publications

Click below to view our PDF version of our Fall 2014 issue of Viewpoint, WPC's quarterly magazine!