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Sierra Club’s Donation to UW Coal Study Raises Red Flags

September 28, 2015 in Blog

"Unable to fund the project through traditional sources, they went online and found 271 people who were willing to make an average donation of $75 to have experts answer the question."

That is how the University of Washington described the funding for Professor Dan Jaffe’s project to measure coal dust from trains in Washington state. Crowdfunding, it was argued, was a more pure approach to funding, free of ideological obligations, allowing the scientists to go where the sciences leads.

It wasn’t exactly true.

A Few Facts About The Department of Ecology's Billion-Dollar Climate Regulations

September 22, 2015 in Blog

Yesterday, the Department of Ecology released the process for Governor Inslee’s announced climate change regulations. The notice of rulemaking says only that those covered by the new regulations will “have an obligation to reduce emissions over time,” and it promises that a “wide variety of options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be available.”

California's Cap-and-Trade Significantly Increases Gas Prices In First Year

September 13, 2015 in Blog

Earlier this year, California applied its carbon cap-and-trade system - much like Governor Inslee has proposed - to gasoline sales. There was a great deal of attention paid to how it would affect gas prices.

Over at the left-wing Cascadia Advocate, they cheered in January when the impact on gas prices appeared to be minimal.

Punish and Reform the EPA

August 24, 2015 in In the News
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