Washington is the last west coast jurisdiction without a clean fuels standard. A bill before the legislature would change that--and lead to meaningful reductions in the emissions that cause climate change.
Oregon Governor Brown issued executive orders advancing energy efficiency and electric vehicles, and a new coalition announced its formation to accelerate the rapid adoption of zero energy buildings in Oregon.
Seattle, WA: Climate Solutions is deepening its bench of seasoned leadership with the addition of Duncan Marsh as Director of Programs. Marsh comes to the organization after 11 years at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as its Director of International Climate Policy. There he led international policy work on issues such as reducing emissions from forests and land use, adaptation and climate finance. Prior to joining TNC, he served on the U.S. Read more
(Salem, OR) – Today, the Oregon Public Utilities Commission (PUC) did not acknowledge plans by Portland General Electric (PGE) to build two new power plants that burn fracked gas at the Carty Generating Station near the site of a retiring coal-fired power plant in Boardman, OR. Read more
"We appreciate Governor Inslee’s ongoing commitment to putting Washington on a path to a clean energy transition," said Climate Solutions' Vlad Gutman-Britten. "The Clean Air Rule is only the first step to creating a robust policy that drives pollution reduction and invests in creating tens of thousands of jobs in a new, sustainable economy."
Olympia, WA – The Department of Ecology on Wednesday released an updated draft of the Clean Air Rule, requiring reductions in carbon pollution from Washington’s largest polluters. Environmental and clean energy advocates expressed support for a number of key improvements to the language while calling for additional changes to ensure that the rule supports clean energy and helps Washington meet its long-term sustainability goals. Read more
The nation's second-largest coal company declared bankruptcy after years of unresponsive management and a stock value in freefall. With consumers increasingly concerned about public health and demanding cleaner energy, the writing is on the wall for the entire coal industry.