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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…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: climate change, gov. jay inslee, Tom Steyer

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…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: climate change, Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup, gov. jay inslee

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…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: climate change, gov. jay inslee

March 26, 2013 at 4:52 PM

State Senate committee hosts climate change skeptic

Updated OLYMPIA — The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee hosted a global warming skeptic on Tuesday who testified for more than an hour that it’s a bunch of hooey. Don Easterbrook, an emeritus geology professor from Western Washington University, told lawmakers that there is no global warming, that the Antarctic ice sheet is not…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: climate change, Don Easterbrook, doug ericksen

March 25, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Gov. Inslee gets first bill through the Legislature

OLYMPIA — The state House passed legislation Monday aimed at developing ways to reduce state greenhouse-gas emissions, and meet targets set by the Legislature in 2008. The measure already passed the Senate and now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee, who had requested the legislation. It’s the first bill requested by Inslee to clear the Legislature. More

Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: climate change, gov. jay inslee, Washington Legislature

March 13, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Inslee climate change bill passes state Senate

OLYMPIA — The Republican-controlled state Senate on Wednesday passed legislation aimed at developing ways to reduce state greenhouse-gas emissions, and meet targets set by the Legislature in 2008. Senate Bill 5802 passed by a vote of 37 to 12. The legislation, requested by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, creates a work group that’s supposed to…


Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: climate change, gov. jay inslee, Sen. Doug Ericksen

February 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Inslee: State will trigger ‘international revolution’ on energy policy

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday promised a group of environmental activists that Washington state will “lead the world in an energy revolution.” “This is the spot,” Inslee said in a short speech before a couple hundred activists crowded around the Capitol rotunda. “This is the spot, right here, where an international revolution is…


Comments | More in Governor | Topics: Brendon Cechovic, clean energy, climate change

August 2, 2012 at 12:54 PM

McDermott to roll out carbon tax bill to address climate change

WASHINGTON — Cap and trade is all but dead. Cap and dividend didn’t get far. And Congress is too busy with looming budget cuts, expiring tax cuts and other problems to deal with global warming. It’s against that backdrop that Rep. Jim McDermott on Thursday planned to introduce the latest version of his legislation to combat climate…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: cap and trade, climate change, Maria Cantwell