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Environmental Politics

A climate solution GOP can advance

The Republican talking point on climate change is evolving, thankfully, from "I'm not a scientist" to "Let's solve it through innovation." That's good news for the nation and generations of Americans to come. After all, the first step to solving a problem is to...

Date: 08/30/2015 | Commentary

Enough with the shutdown games

About the time kids start returning to school following the Labor Day holiday Sept. 7, the nation's senators and representatives will return to Washington, D.C., as Congress reconvenes after a recess of more than a month.It has a significant list of items to accomplish, many...

Date: 08/27/2015 | Editorials

Yellowstone park officials execute a grizzly for being a bear

Officials at Yellowstone National Park say they euthanized the grizzly bear who killed and partially consumed a hiker. It was more like an execution.The bear was killed last Thursday, six days after the body of veteran hiker Lance Crosby, 63, was found partially consumed,...

Date: 08/23/2015 | Commentary

Fund saves urban forests, too

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene stood in the forest with volunteers and other public officials among Douglas fir and western red cedar, sword ferns and vine maples, both Washington Democrats renewing calls for reauthorization of the federal Land and Water Conservation...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Editorials

Public lands benefit everyone

Every week, I see at least one article in the news about the need for people to get outside and be active, and the need for more parks and access to parks and public lands. As a veteran and an advocate for veterans, I recognize this need acutely for people returning from military...

Date: 08/16/2015 | Commentary

Moving on for clean air, water

Having hit a wall of opposition in the Legislature this session, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee remains committed to moving forward in some fashion with his initiatives for cleaner air and water.Inslee, who favors baseball metaphors, struck out three times with proposed...

Date: 08/13/2015 | Editorials

No helicopters in the wilderness

Our national forests have long been managed for multiple uses. Congress made the customary practice official in 1960 and specified that...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Editorials

Set aside three rivers for wild steelhead

Steelhead are Washington's state fish. Revered by anglers and historically numerous, today most of our wild steelhead runs are in deep trouble, either extinct or threatened with extirpation, extinction of local species. Current populations are less than 5 percent of historic abundance.

Date: 08/09/2015 | Commentary

Coal isn’t the energy source for 21st century

Time to drop this "war on coal" talk. Time to ignore the hollering by coal country politicians over President Obama's beefed-up plan to combat global warming.No, the Clean Power Plan will not ruin their local economies, because coal has already done that,...

Date: 08/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

2016 election matters for one reason: climate change

The vast majority of scientists who have devoted their professional lives to studying the Earth's climate believe human-induced warming is an urgent problem requiring bold action. Republican candidates for president insist they know better.With one possible exception —...

Date: 08/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Water quality rules might be up to feds after Inslee drops rewrite

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday scrapped a major rewrite of the state's clean water rules, opening the door for the federal government to impose its standard on the state.Inslee, in a...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Local News

A bill for parks and much more

The odds that Congress will reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund before it is scheduled to expire Sept. 30 improved...

Date: 07/28/2015 | Editorials

Swallowing this 'pill' is too costly

Gov. Jay Inslee is said to be weighing whether to take the dare and swallow what's been dubbed the "poison pill" that Republicans inserted into the $16.2 billion transportation package to dissuade him from moving forward with one of his key environmental proposals.

Date: 07/26/2015 | Editorials

Our green governor stymied on his environmental policies

These days Jay Inslee might be America’s most frustrated governor. And we may soon find out how much more frustration — and stomachache — he can take.

Date: 07/23/2015 | Local News

Respecting nature and its risks

Two recent events have raised the issue of the risks we take when we enter forests, wilderness and state and national parks.The National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released public comments on

Date: 07/14/2015 | Editorials

Saving state's wild steelhead

The term "gene bank" likely prompts images of scientists in lab coats putting samples into a cryogenic deep freeze, but as far as the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and local fishing enthusiasts with Trout Unlimited are concerned, the setting is much more bucolic:...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Editorials

Make parks fund permanent

If Congress were seeking a vote on a valuable program that would allow it to pat itself on the back and celebrate its ability to work in a bipartisan fashion, it could do no better than renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Editorials

Some environmental victories

In the interests of positive reenforcement, let's take the opportunity here to make note of some legislative successes by lawmakers, even as they plod on with their third special session to come to some final agreements related to budgets and education.Specific to parks,...

Date: 07/06/2015 | Editorials

Work ahead to make most of BP's $18.7B

The saga of what some have called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history passed a milestone on Thursday. BP, the company in charge of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded a mile above the Gulf of Mexico seafloor five years ago, announced that it has reached a...

Date: 07/06/2015 | Commentary

Chemical safety bill may have good shot

Most Americans believe the chemicals in products they buy in the supermarket have been tested for safety. But the scandalous truth is our main chemical safety law is so badly broken that no one has the authority to ensure the safety of chemicals used in everything from cleaning products...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Commentary

Supreme Court’s EPA ruling can’t stop coal’s long slide

It took 41 years from the time it was enacted by Congress for the Clean Air Act to limit the amount of mercury and other poisonous substances that coal-fired power plants are allowed spew into the air. A ruling Monday from the Supreme Court, which struck those limits on something very...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Commentary

Update to water quality rules could affect county's farmers

OLYMPIA — State officials are rewriting water quality rules and the update could change how Snohomish County farmers use manure lagoons.The Department of Ecology is updating permits it issues for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. Those are farms that discharge...

Date: 07/04/2015 | Local News

State’s best chance at own water rule

Even with two special sessions and counting, there were issues that the Legislature didn't get to this year. But with lawmakers' likely failure to pass legislation that would have helped the state Department of Ecology develop and enforce water quality rules, the state may now be...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Editorials

More reasons to limit carbon

The justifications for taking real and effective steps to slow climate change and limit the amount of carbon and other greenhouse gases we pump into the atmosphere continue to mount.Recent studies and events now add to the warnings and recommendations about the threat to our...

Date: 06/24/2015 | Editorials

Pope’s climate stance political not spiritual

Pope Francis released an encyclical Thursday on climate change — a draft of which was leaked to the Italian magazine l'Espresso on Monday. The New York Times reports that the encyclical is "eagerly awaited, especially by scientists and environmentalists" —...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

'Our common home'

Viewpoints: Pope Francis calls for action on climate change

Date: 06/21/2015 | Commentary

Federal lands should be kept for benefit of all

The federal government owns large chunks of the West. It owns 65 percent of Utah, 69 percent of Alaska and 83 percent of Nevada. Some Westerners see unfairness in that. They should not.Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska recently slipped an item into a nonbinding budget...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Senate budget risks gains made for state lands

Nationally, over the last few years, we've witnessed an anti-public lands campaign take hold — from Cliven Bundy's brazen standoff with the Bureau of Land Management to the more insidious creep of consistent underfunding for our national parks. However, it seemed absurd that that...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Commentary

Northwest governors’ proposals threaten jobs in energy

Even as the energy sector helps propel the nation's economic resurgence with billions of dollars of investment in new project and technologies, it is facing hurdles in an unlikely quarter: states with economies that depend on a strong energy sector.From Alaska to Washington,...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Commentary

Clear rules for cleaner waters

The Obama administration's issuance this week of the Clean Water Rule to restore safeguards under the 1972 Clean Water Act will help keep our waters clean — from stream to sea and...

Date: 05/29/2015 | Editorials

Tiny beads a persistent threat

Most of us give little thought to what we wash down the drain each morning after scrubbing our faces and brushing our teeth, but some of it — specifically tiny bits of plastic called microbeads — hangs out in streams, lakes and seas and finds its way into the food chain.

Date: 05/28/2015 | Editorials

Official: Anti-drilling protests cause environmental damage

SEATTLE — An official with the state Department of Natural Resources said Seattle activists protesting Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic did some environmental damage to a popular dive park.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Northwest

Obama’s not denying climate change, just ignoring it

Here are two facts that cannot be reconciled: The planet has experienced the warmest January-through-March on record, and the Obama administration has authorized massive new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean."Climate change can no longer be denied ... and action can no...

Date: 05/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Pope or Palin? You decide

A columnist for The Guardian newspaper, Kristina Keneally, a self-described "progressive Catholic" accuses Pope Francis of being nothing...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Editorials

Where we are, who we are

Viewpoints: Why understanding geography is vital

Date: 05/17/2015 | Commentary

'Decoy' groups fighting transfer of public lands to states

Across the West, lawmakers are considering the costs and benefits of moving public land management from the federal government to the state. While the debate stirs passions, a new analysis provides some sobering figures on the economic gains that states stand to make.The...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Commentary

Protect the law that protects wildlife

Since President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law, more than forty years ago, the United States has been committed to protecting its wildlife and plants from extinction. Thanks to the ESA, American alligators have recovered, grizzly bears roam through Yellowstone...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Commentary

Amended cap-and-trade proposal could get another look

Cap-and-trade seemed dead and buried among the year’s fallen legislative ideas — until it wasn’t this week.

Date: 05/14/2015 | Local News

Second shot to reduce carbon

There may yet be some hope that the Legislature can pass carbon-reduction legislation this year.With the special session well under way and little being said publicly about budget negotiations, Democrats in the House have

Date: 05/13/2015 | Editorials

How to log and protect owl habitat

The city of Everett, which owns 3,729 acres at its reservoir at Chaplain Lake, north of Sultan, has proposed a novel approach to land management that would set aside about a third of the property for wildlife habitat for several decades while allowing the city to continue a modest...

Date: 05/12/2015 | Editorials

Seattle mayor, ‘kayaktivists’ take on Arctic oil drilling

SEATTLE — Royal Dutch Shell wants to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs on Seattle’s waterfront, but the petroleum giant will have to get around protesters in kayaks and a mayor determined to take on climate change.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Northwest

Everett to host Arctic oil drilling ships

EVERETT — Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic means more traffic at the Port of Everett this spring and summer.

Date: 05/06/2015 | Business

Oils and orcas don't mix

Viewpoints: How whale watching boats can help

Date: 05/03/2015 | Commentary

Sorry, captain

Editorial: Shatner and California can't have our water

Date: 04/23/2015 | Editorials

Take carbon reduction plan to the public

When he introduced in November the report of a 21-member citizens panel recommending strategies for reducing carbon pollution, Gov. Jay Inslee expressed hope...

Date: 04/22/2015 | Editorials

Keep our public lands public

For nearly 50 years, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has invested nearly $17 billion nationwide and $500 million in Washington in state and federal land conservation projects and matching grants for state and local...

Date: 04/21/2015 | Editorials

Adapting to changes, good and bad, in our climate

Before there was a California, New England fed itself. Somehow. The soil was lousy, the climate cold and the diet limited (lots of cabbage, no avocados). At least there was plenty of water.Thanks to improved transportation, the production of fruits and vegetables followed...

Date: 04/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Lawmakers watering down water quality

Amendments by the state House and Senate to water quality legislation proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee have limited its scope and its ability to take timely action and could also now invite enforcement action by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.The gutting of the...

Date: 04/14/2015 | Editorials

Greenpeace group leaves Arctic drill rig after six-day stay

SEATTLE — Six Greenpeace activists opposed to offshore drilling in the Arctic have abandoned a Seattle-bound drill rig they boarded in the Pacific Ocean six days ago, the organization said Saturday.

Date: 04/12/2015 | Northwest

Injecting politics into parks

The problem isn't the amount of money that the state Senate has set aside in its capital budget for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition's grant program.Each year, for the last 25 years, the coalition has taken responsibility for shepherding a list of potential...

Date: 04/10/2015 | Editorials

Corporations turning tide on climate change denial

There is no denying it: Climate-change deniers are in retreat.What began as a subtle shift away from the claim that man-made global warming is not a threat to the planet has lately turned into a stampede. The latest attempt to deny denial comes from the conservative American...

Date: 04/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Lawmakers aim to toughen laws on oil trains

OLYMPIA — State lawmakers are trying to reach agreement on tougher rules for the transportation of oil in Washington, including a requirement that rail carriers give local firefighters advance notice of when oil trains are coming.

Date: 03/29/2015 | Local News

Tax proposals won't eclipse growth of solar

On the average sunny day, Germany’s huge energy grid gets 40 percent of its power from the sun. Guess what happened one recent morning when the sun went into eclipse. Nothing.

Date: 03/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Christie’s Exxon settlement shortchanges Jersey

Last week, Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration settled New Jersey's long-standing environmental lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for pennies on the dollar. For a decade, the state had been seeking $8.9 billion in damages for pollution at two refineries in the northern part...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Senate bill a path for carbon reduction

Republican-backed legislation in the Senate meant to require the state's utilities to reduce carbon emissions is worthy of praise. It's just too bad those backing the legislation couldn't show more confidence in why they proposed it in the first place.

Date: 03/12/2015 | Editorials

Forests not the place for training

A proposal by the U.S. Navy to use forest lands on the Olympic Peninsula and elsewhere in the state for electronic warfare training by jets based at Naval Station Whidbey Island has received a "not interested" from the state. The response from the U.S. Forest Service should...

Date: 03/10/2015 | Editorials

Wyoming Legislature supports coal port bonds, eyes Washington ports

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming is prepared to up the stakes in its high-dollar push to override local opposition in the Northwest and get access to ocean ports to allow coal exports to Asia.

Date: 03/09/2015 | Northwest

Work ahead yet for legislators

Nobody said the road to compromise was going to be straight and smooth.The state Senate on Monday indeed passed a $15 billion transportation...

Date: 03/04/2015 | Editorials

Careful what you tell Congress if you’re not on the right side

"I am under ‘investigation,'" professor Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado Boulder posted on his blog Wednesday.The top Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, sent a letter to university President...

Date: 03/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bring back the bears

Herald editorial: Restore grizzlies to the North Cascades

Date: 03/03/2015 | Editorials

Tree harvest held up

Conservation dispute delays logging near Wallace Falls

Date: 03/02/2015 | Local News

Permit process flawed for motocross project

The Snohomish County Council is now looking into the Granite Falls motocross project, focused on whether project developer Gary Strode proceeded legally during the review process.Perhaps the council should go back further to review Strode's entire track construction history.

Date: 03/01/2015 | Commentary

Energy wasted on Keystone XL debate

Climate change warriors of all stripes were focused on the White House on Tuesday, where President Obama vetoed a bill that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Like all the other attention slathered on this overblown issue, the focus was misplaced. It would...

Date: 03/01/2015 | Commentary

We’ve been warned, repeatedly

It's happening with all too great a frequency:A CSX train carrying 3 million gallons of Bakken crude derailed in West Virginia on Tuesday, causing a huge fireball and leaking oil into a river tributary...

Date: 02/23/2015 | Editorials

Study of little fish a big deal

There's a bit of tongue-in-cheek about La Conner's annual Smelt Derby, which celebrates its 50th anniversary on Feb. 28 in the Skagit Valley town on the Swinomish Channel.

Date: 02/18/2015 | Editorials

Tax carbon, then give the money back

The recent ground swell of climate and clean energy solutions in state and local news is remarkable. We've always needed more climate and emissions solutions. Now we have new Republican-proffered solutions in addition to longer-standing ones. We can harness multiple approaches, but one...

Date: 02/16/2015 | Commentary

Adopt low-carbon fuel limits

Following the lead of California and directed by Gov. Jay Inslee, the state Department of Ecology is slowly moving forward with a proposed rule that would require a reduction in the carbon emissions resulting from...

Date: 02/06/2015 | Editorials

28,000 comments submitted on Whatcom oil dock marked ‘spam

BELLINGHAM — About 28,000 public comments submitted by environmentalists about a controversial oil-shipping dock in Whatcom County went missing after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ email system marked them as “malicious spam.”

Date: 01/25/2015 | Northwest

Turn up the heat on Congress to act on climate change

We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress — some of them cynical, others clueless — in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.

Date: 01/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Inslee's cap-and-trade plan faces uphill climb

OLYMPIA — Ask people if they like the idea of making companies pay for what they pollute and using the money for schools, roads and a cleaner environment, and many will tell you yes.But when they are told a

Date: 01/18/2015 | Local News

Inslee's plans for state

Governor calls for taxes on carbon emissions, capital gains

Date: 01/14/2015 | Local News

Ruling on motocross project outlines necessary protections

It might not be everyone's idea of a nice day in the forest, but that's where the "multiple" in "multiple use" comes in.A Snohomish County hearing examiner, following a second review of plans for a motocross facility along the Mountain Loop Highway,...

Date: 01/05/2015 | Editorials

Pope and politics

Viewpoints: Heed Francis's words on global warming?

Date: 01/04/2015 | Commentary

Alpine Lakes addition marks Wilderness Act's 50th

What the National Defense Authorization Act has to do with any of several public lands bills that Congress passed along with it and President Barack Obama signed into law on Friday is anyone's guess. But, in recognition of the time of year, let's not look a gift reindeer in the...

Date: 12/24/2014 | Editorials

Carbon tax or gas tax, state transportation package must pass

Gov. Jay Inslee calls it a "two-fer."The governor's transportation budget calls for $12 billion in spending, including $81.8 million for...

Date: 12/19/2014 | Editorials

Climate activists choosing to nibble at the corners

I have a theory as to why Americans don't worry all that much about global warming: High-profile purveyors of climate change don't push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions. They call themselves champions of...

Date: 12/19/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Coal lobby’s new tack: CO2 is good for you

For years, the fossil-fuel industries have been telling us that global warming is a hoax based on junk science.But now these industries are floating an intriguing new argument: They're admitting that human use of coal, oil and gas is causing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere...

Date: 12/18/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Cooperative work will meet needs of farms, fish

Can farms and fish co-exist, and even thrive, in Snohomish County's riverways? As co-chairmen of the Snohomish Sustainable Lands Strategy, we believe the answer is yes — and that fish and farm advocates can make more progress by working together than by fighting each other as both...

Date: 12/14/2014 | Commentary

Basing policy on evidence in Congress

As often as we see instances of partisan politics and gridlock coming out of Washington, D.C., there are occasional glints of light, hope that the stalemate might be broken and we might move forward on any number of issues facing the country.One recent glint is

Date: 12/03/2014 | Editorials

Allow sales tax break for electric cars to expire

As part of a broader package of proposals to be announced soon to address climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee wants to extend a sales tax break for those who purchase electric cars and open up car-pool lanes to the vehicles when they're driven solo.The intent is to encourage the...

Date: 12/01/2014 | Editorials

‘Greener’ fuels not yet worth the risks

It's been suggested that the forecast for Gov. Jay Inslee's climate agenda became cloudier once the Nov. 4 election results showed our Majority Coalition Caucus will continue to lead the state Senate for the remainder of Inslee's term.Given how the governor seems willing to...

Date: 11/30/2014 | Commentary

Replenish steelhead runs with return to hatcheries

As keeper of the angling archives for the Snohomish Sportsmen's Club for the past 55 years, I am somewhat amazed by all the furor over hatchery fish and steelhead in particular. If a person is a poor historian they can't be a good fish biologist. My archive room has many...

Date: 11/23/2014 | Commentary

Obama’s deal gives China a pass on carbon

By Charles KrauthammerHistoric. Such is the ubiquitous description of the climate agreement recently announced in Beijing between Barack Obama and Xi Jinping in which China promised for the first time to cap carbon emissions.

Date: 11/21/2014 | Opinion Columnists

It’s time to consider climate change as a moral issue

The politics of selfishness was embraced enthusiastically last week by Sen. Mitch McConnell. In dismissing President Obama's deal with China to reduce carbon emissions, the incoming Senate majority leader said "carbon emission regulations are creating havoc in my state and other...

Date: 11/20/2014 | Opinion Columnists

County Council reverses nighttime quarry decision

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council decided Monday to revoke permission for nighttime loading and trucking for Green Mountain Mine.In a unanimous vote, the five-member council overturned a...

Date: 11/19/2014 | Local News

Tea party of the left would rather be pure than win

Here comes the tea party of the left.On a rainy Monday morning, 50 sodden liberal activists stood on the muddy front lawn of the Capitol Hill home of Sen. Mary Landrieu, advocating for the Louisiana Democrat's defeat."This house is high and dry, but the...

Date: 11/19/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Obama's climate pact with China beyond GOP’s reach

The minute we glimpse a flicker of hope in the fight against climate change, Republicans in Congress announce their intention to snuff it out. Fortunately for the planet, it seems they can't.This week's stunning announcement of a long-range agreement between the Obama...

Date: 11/16/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Marshland project unlikely to improve fish habitat

After reading "Everett Marshland's future a bit muddy," in the Nov. 4 Herald, I feel it is my civic duty to make some comments. I am no stranger to this subject; I am a retired biologist who...

Date: 11/16/2014 | Commentary

Landrieu counting on Keystone to grease skids to re-election

There are many crucial items facing the lame-duck Congress, from Ebola to the Islamic State to funding the federal government.But nobody predicted that the first legislation Congress would take up would be the Mary Landrieu Preservation Act of 2014.Landrieu, a...

Date: 11/14/2014 | Opinion Columnists

State forest board revises slope logging guidelines

OLYMPIA — A state panel on Wednesday took steps to ensure those who would log in landslide-prone areas do a lot more research on the safety of a site.

Date: 11/12/2014 | Local News

PUD should stick to proven technologies

The guest commentary, "Feds should pitch in on PUD-tidal project," in the Oct. 23 Herald, raises questions about decisions made by elected Snohomish Public Utility District commissioners and senior...

Date: 11/05/2014 | Commentary

Everett Marshland’s future a bit muddy

EVERETT — Low-lying farmland could be turned into hundreds of acres of restored wetland.Or, in the opinion of one farmer, it could be a huge boondoggle.The area is the Everett Marshland on the eastern edge of the Lowell neighborhood, on the west bank of the...

Date: 11/04/2014 | Local News

Our leaders need to take a longer view

The crisis in our political system is less about party than about horizon. To understand why, consider the issue of climate change.There is clear evidence — presented yet again in a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report — that human activity is...

Date: 11/04/2014 | Opinion Columnists

It’s time to back solutions to climate change

We in Washington state are blessed that much of our electricity is generated by hydroelectric dams.Hydropower is not without its own environmental costs, but it does not emit the greenhouse gases that fuel climate change.Because of the dams, we can claim we're...

Date: 11/03/2014 | Editorials

Steer growth to cities' urban areas where services are

We all deserve the opportunity to live and work in a great neighborhood where we have a chance to succeed.But for too long, thoughtless sprawl consumed our region's farms, forests and rural areas. Middle class families were pushed to rural subdivisions, creating longer...

Date: 10/09/2014 | Commentary

Little scientific dissent over climate change

The author of Friday's letter "Climate change: Definitely not settled science" tells us that the science of global warming is in serious dispute. That's a half-truth at...

Date: 10/07/2014 | Commentary

New water quality standards won't hurt Boeing, state says

For months, there's been a drumbeat of panic that new water quality standards based on how much fish people eat could drive Boeing and other companies out of Washington.The alarm, sounded by voices in the circles of business, labor and Republican lawmakers, is that the price...

Date: 10/02/2014 | Local News

Draft of water rules released; tied to fish consumption

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Ecology on Tuesday released a draft rule that updates contentious water quality standards partly tied to how much fish people eat.Under the federal Clean Water Act, rivers and other water bodies must be clean enough so people can...

Date: 09/30/2014 | Local News

Climate change fixes won’t come cheaply

Is fixing climate change free? That’s the suggestion of an international blue-ribbon panel in a new report, which has been enthusiastically embraced by people who would like to fix climate change. “This may sound too good to be true, but it isn’t,” Paul Krugman says. “These are serious, careful...

Date: 09/28/2014 | Commentary

Tom Steyer’s group names candidates it supports

SEATTLE — A political action group formed by billionaire California environmentalist Tom Steyer announced Wednesday it will spend money to support Democratic candidates in at least two key legislative races in Washington state.

Date: 09/24/2014 | Northwest

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