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

After four years in the permitting process, the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council on Dec. 19 recommended the state deny permits for the Vancouver Energy export terminal project. Now, the final permitting decision falls on Gov. Jay Inslee, who has 60 days to make a determination.

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Washington Council on International Trade to host discussion on 'future of freight'

Top leaders from the rail, trucking and maritime industries are scheduled for a Jan. 19 panel discussion on improving Washington's freight networks to better move goods to market. Register today for the luncheon, sponsored by BNSF, at Seattle's Columbia Tower Club.

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Special committee created to land Boeing's all-new 797 airplane

Gov. Jay Inslee has announced the Choose Washington NMA Council, a concerted effort by top state leaders to convince Boeing to design, build and assemble its new airplane in Washington.

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Seattle city government spending surging faster than most U.S. cities

Lots of people are moving to Seattle, employers are hiring, and new construction is underway in the Emerald City. City government is staffing up, too -- but some observers wonder if the pace of government spending is sustainable over time.

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Port of Seattle appoints new executive director

Stephen P. Metruck, a retired U.S. Coast Guard rear admiral, has been appointed executive director of the Port of Seattle. Port commissioners voted unanimously to give Metruck the top job on Dec. 19.

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Kathleen Drew named as new chair of the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Kathleen Drew to chair the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council. The council reviews siting of major energy facilities in Washington state. Drew will officially assume her new role on Jan. 16, taking over for Roselyn Marcus.

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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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