January 2, 2018
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Port of Seattle appoints new executive director

The Port of Seattle Commission has selected a retired rear admiral with more than three decades of executive and financial leadership experience to oversee one of the country’s busiest transportation hubs. Stephen P. Metruck will manage operations that help create nearly 200,000 jobs and $7 billion in wages in the Puget Sound region. He was most recently commander of the Coast Guard’s Mid-Atlantic Region.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to lead an organization with such significant economic impact for the region,” Metruck said. “Having served here before, I also know there is no better place in the country to live and work. I’m looking forward to being back.”

Metruck will oversee one of the major economic drivers for the Pacific Northwest, including shipping terminals and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. And he’s already got a big to-do list, according to the Port’s announcement, which includes modernizing and expanding Sea-Tac International Airport and major developments for the Fisherman’s Terminal.



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Rule of Law Matters

Washington's carbon overreach

By The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board

Washington Governor Jay Inslee calls climate change an "existential threat," and he has channeled President Obama in using executive powers to impose his policy response. But like Mr. Obama he suffered a major blow this month when a Washington court ruled that he exceeded his authority under state law.

Washington lawmakers have declined to pass Mr. Inslee's signature cap-and-trade legislation, and in 2016 voters rejected a carbon-tax ballot measure. So "now we have to do it administratively," the Sierra Club's Doug Howell said last year.

Mr. Inslee suddenly discovered authority to act unilaterally under the Washington Clean Air Act and a 2008 law that required greenhouse gas reductions...

And in a Dec. 15 oral ruling, Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon found that the Inslee Administration lacked the legal authority to regulate indirect emitters.

The decision is a victory for the rule of law and another rebuke to progressives who try to ignore democratic consent to impose their climate agenda by regulatory fiat.

Read the full editorial in The Wall Street Journal
Innovation is Key to Carbon Reductions

Washington can have energy independence without economic damage of carbon tax

By State Rep. Drew MacEwen, R-Union

Here in the United States, Washington is the leading producer of hydroelectric power, contributing nearly one quarter of the nation's total hydro generation. We rank only behind California in terms of the amount of renewable energy we produce each year.

That is why it is so critical that as we continue to debate the merits of a carbon tax, we be mindful of the steps we have already taken toward establishing a greener economy. Proposing a carbon tax to fund education or increase general fund spending is the wrong approach.

I truly believe Washington can achieve energy independence one day, but we must be strategic in how we get there. Causing self-inflicted economic hardship along the way would be foolish.

Read the full column in The Olympian
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