January 2, 2018
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Governor to have final say on fate of Vancouver Energy project

It’s up to Gov. Jay Inslee to decide if the Vancouver Energy project receives permits to move forward with its proposed export terminal at the Port of Vancouver. This comes after the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) finalized its recommendation Dec. 19 to deny permits for the project. The governor has 60 days to make his final decision on the permits.

Opponents celebrated the council’s decision during a hearing in Olympia and believe the governor will also side with them on denying the project.

“The entire region is looking to Governor Inslee, now, to follow EFSEC’s lead,” Rebecca Ponzio, director of the Stand Up to Oil Campaign, said in a statement. “Our governor is a champion of addressing climate change and protecting public safety. We trust him to get this right.”

In a statement, Vancouver Energy said of the four-year permitting and environmental impact reviews, “We are extremely disappointed, especially after a review of more than four years in a process that state law says should take one year. EFSEC has set an impossible standard for new energy facilities based on the risk of incidents that the Final Environmental Impact Statement characterizes as extremely unlikely. The FEIS confirmed that construction and normal operation of the facility would have no significant unavoidable impacts that cannot be mitigated. This decision sends a clear anti-development message that will have a chilling effect on business in the state of Washington.”

EFSEC Chair Roselyn Marcus said before the council’s vote that she believes the council’s process was the longest in its history.

For more information on climate and environmental issues, contact AWB Government Affairs Director Mary Catherine McAleer at 360.943.1600.

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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
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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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