Surprise of the year so far. It’ll be interesting to see how enviros will react if/when the national GOP moves towards similar legislation.
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 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.
Via Seattle Times
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In April 2012, Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray made a statement that caught many people’s attention: he wants the District to be “fossil-free” by 2030.
Does it sound a little crazy? Maybe. But when it comes to U.S. cities that take sustainability seriously and are putting the infrastructure in place to make such a vision a reality, you really can’t beat Washington.
"Climate change is happening. And not preparing for it could cost the state $10 billion a year by 2020.
That’s according to the Department of Ecology, which has just released a response strategy to changing climate conditions.
Extreme weather events, destructive wildfires, severe droughts and declining water supplies– these are the new realities of climate change.
Ted Sturdevant, Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology, says after years of endless and politicized discussion on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, there’s been a shift. The state has realized it’s time for new strategies.”
- Senate GOP splits on axing ethanol subsidy
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- Boehner says changes are coming for ethanol
- Republican: Nuclear regulator should resign
- House Republicans train their fire on top nuclear regulator
- Durbin: More ethanol votes likely
- Reid plans more ethanol votes next week
- Senate keeps $6B in subsidies, but 34 GOP side with Coburn
- Former federal officials: EIA budget cuts could result in 'greater price volatility'
- Mass. Dems bash Sen. Scott Brown on ethanol vote
Expects 14 inches of sea level rise by 2050, which is faster than previous projections. I’m particularly skeptical of this line:
California is officially bracing for seas to rise 14 inches by 2050, inundating everything up to a foot above high tide.
The author is being a bit disingenuous, confusing his readers. Which policies have been updated or issued that demonstrates California is “officially bracing”? A slew of dire sounding reports doesn’t do much with out actual changes to building and land use regulations. The author goes on to make a list of recommendations, which again, just causes confusion. There’s nothing in his list that’s “official.” Sure, SLR is on the radar of politicians, planners, land owners, etc. But is California doing the following? No. It is not. So, where is the “official” in the article? Such annoying reporting.
Enormous water gates could protect bays from storm surges. They already work in places like the Netherlands and Britain. Buildings can be raised on stilts like those that are now common in tropical Australia and are required in New Orleans, or tethered to the earth and saddled to floats. Shorelines may need to be vacated, with buildings toppled and wetlands restored. Some shoreline will evolve and build up in height without help if they are given back to nature.