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.

Publications

Governor’s Climate Report Estimates Low-Carbon Fuel Tax Could Add $1.17 Per Gallon to Gas Prices

March 5, 2014 in Publications

According to The Seattle Times, Governor Inslee is upset at a Republican claim that a Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), government regulation to reduce the amount of carbon in transportation fuels, would function as a tax and increase the price of gas by more than a dollar a gallon. Recently, some lawmakers have expressed concern the Governor will try to bypass the legislature and impose an LCFS using an executive order.

Climate Science: How the environmental left became the new deniers

December 4, 2013 in Publications

“The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change raises the level of alarm. … global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers...”
- Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe, 2007

 When the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report in 2007, the response of the environmental left was close to hysterical. The IPCC’s international mandate was so clear, the left called its findings the “climate consensus.” People who questioned the IPCC’s authority, some said, had the mentality of holocaust deniers.

Shift from politics to the free market for true energy sustainability

November 21, 2013 in Publications

This oped was published on Global Affairs Initiative's website on November 19, 2013.

Politicians like to argue that only they can guide effective energy and environmental policy for the future. The record, however, is quite different.

Nothing demonstrates the contrast between energy policy run by politicians and one guided by a free market than the tale of the electric car versus the hybrid.

Citizens’ Guide to Initiative 522: To require GMO labeling on certain food products

October 8, 2013 in Publications

Key Findings

Bad Politics and Failed Policies: Green Energy and Boeing's SST

July 30, 2013 in Publications

Key Findings

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.”

Earth Day Exposes the Ironies of the Left’s Trendy Environmentalism

April 10, 2013 in Publications

On April 22, in cities across America, some environmental activists will celebrate Earth Day, claiming only increased government control can protect the environment. Those celebrations will expose a couple ironies.

HB 1310: To Ban Plastic Grocery Bags

February 25, 2013 in Publications

With the decision by a few Washington state cities to ban single-use plastic grocery bags, the state legislature is considering several bills to ban plastic bags or to impose a charge on consumers for their use. The primary justification for such a ban is to reduce the environmental impact of plastic bags. Some critics argue plastic bags increase the amount of plastic trash in the ocean and have a negative impact on marine wildlife.

Subsidizing Green Industry Is Like Propping Up a Kid’s Lemonade Stand

October 11, 2012 in Publications

The Seattle Times published this column on October 10, 2012

As far as business models go, it is hard to beat the lemonade stand. The costs — lemons, cups, sugar — are paid by the parents. Kids have no overhead and receive all the profit.

Further, the young, cold-beverage proprietors have a built-in demand from neighbors willing to overpay for lemonade sold by kids.

Should Cities Ban Plastic Bags? No: The Harm Is Overblown

October 8, 2012 in Publications

The Wall Street Journal published this column on October 8, 2012 as part of its "Squaring Off on the Environment" Journal Report.

Across the world, cities are joining the latest environmental fad — banning plastic grocery bags. Activists think banning the bags is a simple and environmentally responsible approach.