All posts by ben serrurier

As Climate Solutions' Washington Policy Specialist, Ben provided policy research and expertise for Climate Solutions in and out of the Washington legislature. Working with the policy team from 2012 to 2015, Ben worked on legislative, budgetary, and regulatory issues related to electricity generation and transmission, fossil fuel transport, and transportation fuels at the state and federal level. In 2014 he was named a Young Climate Leaders Network Fellow. 

Before moving to Seattle, Ben consulted for the Ministry of Commerce in Cambodia, studied economic development in Brazil, worked on carbon market policy for The Nature Conservancy in San Francisco and attended college in Walla Walla, Washington, where he received an honors degree in Politics-Environmental Studies from Whitman College.

Ben enjoys Seattle’s rain, coffee and forgiving clothing culture where anything plaid counts as a dress shirt.


  • From the Pacific to Paris and back

    The Paris Agreement sets the stage for the immediate future of coordinated, international climate action. Much of the actual progress will depend on local and regional action; every Northwest oil terminal abandoned, ton of coal left in ground, and solar panel installed, fuels the ambition of the U.S., Canada, and therefore countries around the world to meet and exceed our carbon-reduction goals. 

     

  • Clean fuels help kids breathe easier, who’s opposed to that?

    Washington prides itself on our dense forests, clean water, and sweet air. But dirty petroleum fuels are fouling our future; our asthma rate is higher than the national average. Speeding the development of clean fuels offers a healthy way forward for our environment, our economy, and our kids' health.

  • Join the fight for an oil-free future

    With a Clean Fuel Standard, we can power our vehicles with clean, affordable fuels, produced in Washington, without fouling the air or harming our health.

  • SB 5735: This bad bill is no win for the climate

    Climate and clean energy debates in Olympia this year are focused on two different proposals, but only one that addresses the climate problem. One, the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act, would be a win for our state's economy, public health and the climate. The other would roll back years of progress.

  • Does the Washington State Senate need science lessons?

    Funding education is a top priority for the Washington State Legislature this year. But this week, it was legislators' own climate science education that came into question. 

  • Solar installation via itek and Western Solar, WA

    Protecting Washington’s Clean Energy Commitment

    Despite its huge successes, Washington’s Energy Independence Act (better known by it’s ballot number, I-937) seems to fly under the radar. This anonymity is about to change.

  • Clean Fuel plan offers WA a triple win for climate, health and prosperity

    Washington's Department of Ecology issued a draft Clean Fuel Standard this week. If a program here mirrors successes in other states, it will be a great boost for our clean energy economy, public health, and the climate.

  • Who's a polluter? This answer fails the smell test

    State Sen. Schoesler is very concerned that UW and WSU might have to pay for their carbon emissions under the Governor's carbon reduction plan. But his crocodile tears are a distraction from the real polluters–fossil fuel companies who are dumping huge amounts of waste gases into our air. 

  • 2014 ends–and 2015 begins–with climate action

    2014--the year which saw the largest climate action march ever, plus victories over big coal and advances in clean energy--is coming to a close with a bang.

  • Clean fuels: the benefits add up

    Instead of handing over $14 billion to Big Oil every year and paying the price for fossil fuel pollution, why don't we invest a portion of that in building a clean fuels economy right here in Washington State?