January 2, 2018
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Kathleen Drew named as new chair of the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council

Kathleen Drew, former state senator and current assistant director of the Washington State Department of Licensing’s (DOL) Business and Professions Division, was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to serve as chair of the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC). The council reviews siting proposals for major energy facilities.

"Kathleen has more than 30 years of experience in public sector policy, communications and management at numerous government agencies," Inslee said. "She has proven to be both impartial and a consensus builder with an ability to work with multiple stakeholders to get the job done, and I believe she is a perfect fit for this role."

Prior to her four years at DOL, Drew served as a policy adviser for both the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services and in Gov. Chris Gregoire's Administration, where she worked on numerous environmental issues. She has served as a community and government relations director at the University of Washington Bothell, as a community relations manager at Sound Transit, and as a public information consultant for the Port of Seattle. She also served as the state senator in the 5th Legislative District from 1993 to 1997.

She will officially assume her duties as EFSEC chair on Jan. 16. Read more in The Columbian.

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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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