January 2, 2018
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Heroes come to aid of victims of train derailment

The train derailment on Interstate 5 was a tragic start to the holiday week. Three people died, and more than 100 were injured when Amtrak No. 501 derailed just south of DuPont, sending rail cars off the trestle onto the lanes of freeway traffic below.

Amid the tragedy, however, were some amazing stories of selflessness. The derailment happened near Joint Base Lewis-McChord and The News Tribune reported that dozens of military personnel were among the first to respond. They pulled people to safety and even climbed a wrecked semi-truck to get inside the damaged rail cars.

An Eagle Scout driving to work in Olympia pulled over and jumped into action. A surgeon from Portland, on his way to Seattle with his son, pulled over and spent two hours tending to people in the freeway median.

And, the response from the official first responders — the hundreds of firefighters, EMTs, police and others from departments throughout the region — was nothing short of phenomenal.

As the Portland surgeon remarked, “We should be grateful as citizens that they are there, ready to go.”

The blood bank sent out a notice on the need for blood and the region responded. The wait times here in Olympia measured 90 minutes. It was a great reminder of how Washingtonians respond during difficult times.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families affected by the accident and our thanks goes out to all of the heroes that rushed to aid those on the train and the freeway.

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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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