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October 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM
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 lot of policy they want to line up, things that have to do with electrical vehicle purchases and energy efficiency,” said Hedia Adelsman, an executive policy adviser on climate change with the state Department of Ecology.
“There is interest in trying to reconstitute some kind of agreement between the states,” Adelsman said, but did not know if it would deal with cap and trade issues.
Spokesmen for Gov. Jay Inslee, California Gov. Jerry Brown, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, and Premier Christy Clark declined comment.
Inslee has indicated his support for a cap and trade approach in Washington state. At a meeting earlier this month, the governor noted this state would fall short of its goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions if it did not implement a carbon tax.
“That shows the necessity in my view of having a belt-and-suspenders, economy wide approach to capping emissions in this state,” Inslee said.
The Legislature in 2008 passed a law calling for the state to reduce overall emissions of greenhouse gases in the state to 1990 levels by 2020, reduce emissions to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2035, and 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
March 26, 2013 at 4:52 PM
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 melting, sea levels are not rising and severe storms are not increasing in frequency.
And one more: “CO2 cannot possibly cause global warming. The reason is because there is so little of it. It is a trace gas,” Easterbrook said. “If you double nothing you still have nothing.”
Easterbrook was invited by the panel’s chairman, GOP Sen. Doug Ericksen, of Ferndale, who has said he has doubts about climate change himself.
Ericksen’s committee recently stripped language out of a bill, requested by Gov. Jay Inslee, that asserted the state was experiencing a series of problems because of climate change. Inslee has testifed that there’s no debate about the science and that Washington should become a leader in dealing with climate change.
Democrats on the committee questioned Easterbrook’s statements.
“I understand that last November was the globe’s 333rd month of above average global temperatures,” Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island said, referring to studies he’d read. “What’s your opinion of the data I have which seems contrary to what you are putting forward?”
Easterbrook’s response was that government agencies had changed the data Ranker was using to make it look like the climate has warmed. “I don’t doubt it’s contrary … what you are looking at is the data that has been tampered with by NOAA and NASA,” Easterbrook said,
Ranker also questioned the professor’s assertions that the media refused to cover the truth.
Easterbrook said, “How many headlines have you seen that say we have unprecedented global warming and how many headlines have you seen that say gee folks the climate is cooling? … The answer from my own personal experience is none.”
TVW covered the Senate hearing. You can watch the video here.
March 25, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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.
Senate Bill 5802 creates a work group that’s supposed to come up with recommendations by the end of the year.
The measure passed the House 61-32 and now goes to the governor.
Rep. Dave Upthegrove, D-Des Moines, argued in favor of the measure, saying, “Our constituents are seeing the effects of climate change in their daily lives — extreme weather, a rise in temperatures and the economic costs that result. They are hungry for leadership and solutions and I’m confident our state can lead the way.”
Rep. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, voted no, saying that climate change requires an international solution. “If Washington state decides to lead the way and is going to take steps down this path (it) would only disproportionately impact our state and our economy,” he said.
Inslee and his staff actively lobbied for the legislation and the governor testified at committee hearings in the House and Senate. The measure that passed the Senate removed language talking about problems associated with climate change.
Inslee had wanted to retain the language talking about problems associated with climate change, but in the end decided to accept its removal in order to get the bill through both chambers.
March 13, 2013 at 3:10 PM
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 come up with recommendations by the end of the year.
A similar bill was introduced in the House, but Democratic leaders are expected to work with the version that passed the Senate.
Inslee and his staff actively lobbied for the bill and the governor testified at committee hearings in the House and Senate. The measure that passed the Senate removed language talking about problems associated with climate change.
“I really want to take the religion out of carbon and I want to take a good hard look at how we can most effectively meet those goals” set in 2008, said Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, speaking in favor of the bill. Ericksen is chairman of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee.
Inslee had wanted to retain the language talking about problems associated with climate change, but his staff said its removal was not a deal killer. It’s not clear if there will be a push to put that section back into the bill in the House.
February 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM
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 going to begin in how we power our economy.”
Among other policy items, Inslee pledged to reduce carbon emissions in the state’s transportation system, give electric cars more places to recharge and ensure a thorough review of a proposal to bring coal trains through the state.
“There are 1,000 things that we need to work on to get this job done,” he said.
Inslee, a Democrat, earned a reputation in Congress for being outspoken on environment issues.
Before Inslee’s speech, Washington Conservation Voters executive director Brendon Cechovic called him the “greenest governor in the United States.”
August 2, 2012 at 12:54 PM
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 change.
The Seattle Democrat is touting his Managed Carbon Price Act as a two-fer response to the federal deficit and extreme weather patterns that have gripped half of the United States in a drought.
The bill aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by putting a rising price on that pollution. At the same time, it sets targets to gradually lower total greenhouse gas emissions, to just 20 percent of what was released into the atmosphere in 2005 by the middle of this century.
McDermott’s staff say the bill would avoid creating volatility in energy prices that has dogged the cap and trade system in place in the European Union.
The money from carbon emissions would be deposited into a public trust fund, with 25 percent going to pay down the deficit and the rest spent to offset any increases in consumer utility rates. If the price were set at $15 for each ton of carbon emissions, it could bring in about $80 billion, and more in later years.
McDermott, a liberal, said in a statement that even conservatives support his idea “because they know we have to wean ourselves off of carbon emitting energy sources, and do it in a way that doesn’t hurt our economy and makes sense for businesses.”
In late 2009, Sen Maria Cantwell coauthored another variant of cap and trade, called cap and dividend. Under that proposal, the federal government would auction off “carbon shares,” or pollution permits, to oil producers and importers. Similar to McDermott’s proposal, Cantwell’s bill would have rebated 75 percent of the proceed to the public. The other 25 percent of the money would have gone to clean-energy research.
Cantwell’s bill, which she introduced with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, died in committee. Cantwell and Collins are planning to reintroduce it.
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