January 15, 2018
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Report: Columbia Generating Station lights up Washington's economy

The Columbia Generating Station is an economic and energy powerhouse that creates thousands of jobs and a huge amount of carbon-free energy, a new report shows. The nuclear energy facility in Eastern Washington will have an economic impact of nearly $9 billion from this year through 2043, and supports nearly 4,000 jobs a year, according to a new report by the Nuclear Energy Institute.

The Columbia Generating Station creates more than 2,800 jobs a year in Washington, and more than 1,100 throughout the country; generates $690 million in economy activity each year; and produces more than 1,200 megawatts of electricity in eight Western states.

And the environmental impact is enough to brighten the days and nights of anyone concerned about greenhouse gases. The facility generates clean electricity, which prevents the release of 3.6 million metric tons of carbon each year – or the equivalent of 778,000 cars on the road.

Read the full report here.

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Fix Hirst, Support Manufacturers

Support rural Washington

By The Wenatchee World Editorial Board

The Puget Sound region's economy is booming. But across the state, the post-recession economic recovery has been uneven. Much of rural Washington is still struggling, with higher rates of unemployment and comparatively modest economic gains.

Fixing Hirst and delivering tax relief to manufacturers will help expand our state's prosperity to rural counties.

Read the full editorial in The Wenatchee World
Costly and Unnecessary

No sense in carbon tax

By The (Longview) Daily News Editorial Board

Gov. Inslee is urging legislators to pass a $20 per ton carbon tax during the current legislative session. We urge you to call your local legislators and tell them to vote "no" on carbon tax legislation.

If passed, money raised from a carbon tax reportedly would fund schools; provide incentives for renewable energy, such as solar energy; be applied to research for new clean technologies; manage storm water runoff; help prevent forest fires; and more.

While all of these issues are worthwhile, the effects of a carbon tax on citizens and businesses far outweighs the benefits, which is why we don't support the tax.

The governor's staff indicated a carbon tax likely will increase power rates 4 percent to 5 percent for electricity, 9 percent to 11 percent for natural gas and 6 percent to 9 percent for gasoline.

If a carbon tax law is passed, utilities such as the Cowlitz PUD, will be negatively impacted and we believe the power rate increases would be pushed much higher than the governor's staff estimates. Citizens and businesses can't afford those types of increases...

Read the full editorial in The Daily News
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