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February 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Vaccines, voter initiatives, energy: what Democrats said Thursday

For your pleasure, a trio of highlights that came out of Thursday’s state House and Senate Democratic media availability: 1. House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, says he anticipates support for a bill dropped Wednesday that would limit reasons for exempting children from vaccines. “When we look at exemption rates in [school districts] across the state, I think we’re all surprised…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: ballot initiatives, climate change, measles

January 27, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Inslee climate bill gets first hearing today

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed cap-and-trade bill will get its first public hearing before state lawmakers Tuesday afternoon. A hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. in the House Environment Committee. The hearing will be live-streamed by TVW. House Bill 1314 seeks to set a statewide cap on carbon emissions and requires most of the largest polluters…


Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: cap and trade, climate change, gov. jay inslee

December 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Inslee: Cap-and-trade climate plan can fund schools and bridges

In advance of his budget roll-out next week, Gov. Jay Inslee is making the case that the sort of cap-and-trade system he favors to cut carbon pollution can also generate cash for schools, bridges and other needs. Speaking at a Seattle conference hosted by the liberal Washington State Budget and Policy Center, Inslee said his…


Comments | More in Governor, State government, State Legislature | Topics: 2015 Legislature, budget, climate change

October 3, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Enviros draw green bullseye on state Sen. Doug Ericksen

Updated with comment from Ericksen. Washington’s largest environmental group is leaving no doubt as to their top villain in this year’s legislative elections, drawing a big green bullseye on the back of Ferndale Republican state Sen. Doug Ericksen. At a Washington Conservation Voters breakfast Friday, headlined by Gov. Jay Inslee, environmentalists booed and hissed as Ericksen’s visage…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races | Topics: climate change, gov. jay inslee, State Sen. Doug Ericksen

September 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

California billionaire Tom Steyer drops $1 million on WA elections

California billionaire Tom Steyer — a climate activist and political ally of Gov. Jay Inslee — has entered Washington state’s 2014 elections in a big way, sending $1 million here in an expected effort to help Democrats take control of the state Senate. Steyer donated $1 million last week to NextGen Climate Action’s Washington state…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races | Topics: 2014 Legislative races, climate change, Jay Inslee

September 10, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Inslee assails ‘climate agnostics’ in speech at UW conference

Americans who remain neutral or indifferent on the subject of human-caused global warming are just as culpable as climate deniers, Gov. Jay Inslee told a gathering of climate researchers at the University of Washington Wednesday. Citing a parade of studies showing looming climate impacts on oceans, birds and human health, Inslee said…


Comments | More in Governor, State government | Topics: climate agnostics, climate change, global warming

September 9, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Local leaders urge Inslee to support clean-fuel standards

Over 60 local government leaders today sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee urging him to find a way forward on adopting clean-fuel standards. The letter was posted by the Washington Coalition for Clean Fuels Jobs and includes some heavy-hitter signatures: King County Executive Dow  Constantine, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and  Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. The letter,…


Comments | More in Governor, State Legislature | Topics: climate change, environment, gov. jay inslee

May 30, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Inslee lunches with billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer

Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday had a private lunch with a major political ally in his efforts to pass climate-change legislation: California billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer, a hedge-fund tycoon turned climate activist, has announced he’ll spend $100 million this year to defeat Republicans who deny the reality of human-caused climate change. He has emerged as…


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December 13, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Business urges state to consider costs of reducing emissions

The final hearing held by the Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup on Friday exposed sharp divisions over whether the state should take action to reduce greenhouse- gas emissions. Gov. Jay Inslee, chairman of the panel, led off remarks saying, “the degradation of our beautiful state caused by carbon pollution is both profoundly threatening to…


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October 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM

West Coast climate-change agreement in the works for Monday

Three West coast governors and the premier of British Columbia on Monday are expected to announce a regional strategy to combat climate change and promote clean energy. Details were scarce Friday, except that the governors of California, Washington and Oregon and the premier are set to meet in San Francisco for the announcement. “I know there’s a…


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