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Washington state Republicans hope you'll think about high gas prices when you vote this fall.
A GOP-backed initiative to repeal the Climate Commitment Act -- which charges companies for emitting carbon into the atmosphere -- is likely headed to your ballot.
Republicans argue it’s a misguided policy that’s been too painful for average Washingtonians filling their tanks.
Democrats in Olympia are now racing to smooth out rough edges on Governor Inslee's signature environmental law – like those pesky high carbon auction prices.
They’re making a case to save the law … which they argue is a necessary tool to help combat climate change.
In January 2020, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced one of the most ambitious plans to decarbonize of any tech company. By 2030, Microsoft would be carbon negative, removing more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits. By 2050, Microsoft would remove all of the carbon it has ever emitted since the company’s founding in 1975.
Washington officials aim to link the state’s fight against climate change to similar efforts elsewhere in North America.
This is the first year Washington has implemented its new cap-and-invest program. The first auction for those credits was held in February. Major polluters in the state cannot surpass a certain pollution amount, unless they buy credits to offset their emissions.
In the face of climate change, some state governments are turning to an old standby: market-based solutions to try to lower carbon emissions. With the first carbon credit auction set to take place in Washington, how will the state balance industry with conservation?
Washington state is not meeting its own greenhouse gas reduction goals. But in an interview, Gov. Jay Inslee said he thinks the state can still meet its reduction goals by 2050.
Earlier this month, a blockchain company based in Delaware struck the biggest carbon offset deal in history with the city of Issaquah. This kind of deal is a new frontier in both saving local forests and tackling climate change. We talked to Seattle Times environment reporter Lynda Mapes about how this all works back when the state of Washington announced they’re getting into this game. Today we’re revisiting that episode.
Washington's public lands aren't all protected from logging. In fact, the state makes a lot of money for schools, libraries and hospitals by cutting down trees. That's starting to change with a new plan to preserve forests and "lease" them to companies looking to offset their carbon footprints.