January 29, 2018
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Lobby Lunch series begins Thursday with update from governor's staff

The AWB Lobby Lunch series will resume Thursday as Olympia's "power lunch" kicks off for the 2018 session. The first event will be at noon this Thursday with Keith Phillips, the policy director for Gov. Jay Inslee. Other top aides from Inslee's office have also been invited.

The next session will be Feb. 8, when Republican leaders from both chambers will have the floor.

On Feb. 15, Democratic leaders will close out this year's Lobby Lunch series.

Each Lobby Lunch is $20 and is open to current AWB members. To register for an upcoming Lobby Lunch, contact Connie Carlson at 360.943.1600. Registrations are due by noon of the Tuesday before each Thursday event.

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Not the Solution

Look to B.C. for evidence carbon tax doesn't work

By Brier Dudley

If Washington wants to reduce pollution and fare better on its climate-change goals, it should reject Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed carbon tax.

Instead, the state should put its efforts into environmental regulations that directly and measurably reduce harmful emissions.

As proposed, the carbon tax is a grab bag of handouts for the powerful and politically connected, funded by a steep new tax largely on the middle class. Many of the handouts have dubious benefits in reducing emissions.

Carbon taxes also don't work as promised. North America's first such tax, in neighboring British Columbia, is failing to reduce emissions.

Emissions from driving are rising faster than population growth in B.C., despite a carbon tax higher than Inslee's proposal...

Read the full column The Seattle Times
Snake River Dams

Washington's dams balance clean energy needs, fish protections

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Construction of the four Lower Snake River dams -- Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite -- began in 1962. Back then, the focus was on the efficient production of energy, transporting goods and supplying water to Washington's vibrant agricultural sector.

Today, the dams produce 40 percent of the region's energy through clean hydropower generation, support agricultural production and transportation, and improve our quality of life by lifting the economy and supporting recreation. They are also integral to flood control.

Equally critical, they support healthy fish and wildlife populations and their complex life cycles, thanks to a series of improvements to the dams set out in Federal Columbia River Power System's (FCRPS) 2014 biological opinion, or BiOp...

Read the full guest column in The Spokesman-Review
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