carbon emissions

Fuel Standards
4:45 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Inslee Predicts Washington Will Adopt Controversial Fuel Standard

Washington will likely adopt a California-style pollution limit on gasoline and other transportation fuels.
Credit Kristen Steele / Flickr

For months now, Washington Republicans have been predicting that Governor Jay Inslee will use his executive powers to enact something called a low-carbon fuel standard. Inslee acknowledges he’s looking at ways to do this without legislative approval. Either way he thinks Washington is poised to move forward.

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Carbon Emissions
4:55 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Governor Inslee Wants ‘Cap And Market’ System For Carbon Reduction

Cap and market, or cap and trade as it’s more commonly known, means the state places a hard limit on carbon emissions.
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants the state to adopt a market-based system for reducing carbon emissions. The Democrat signed a nine-page executive order on carbon pollution reduction. Among other things, the order creates a 21-member task force to come up with a cap and market program before the end of the year.

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Carbon Monoxide
6:21 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Death Of Northwest Family Shows Hazards Of Carbon Monoxide

Older houses in Oregon and Washington aren't required to have monitors until they undergo major renovation or are sold.
Credit Mike/Flickr

A couple and their teenage sons in Pocatello, Idaho, were killed over the weekend by a carbon monoxide leak in their home. Local officials say it's one of the worst tragedies in recent memory in the southeast Idaho community. Idaho, Washington and Oregon each have laws requiring carbon monoxide monitors, but those laws haven't been around long enough to cover many homes.

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Climate Change
5:11 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Testy Exchanges, No Consensus On Governor's Climate Change Panel

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
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Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 5:09 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been dealt a setback in his campaign to reduce carbon emissions.

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Economist Stand Up Comedian
7:02 am
Tue September 3, 2013

What’s Funny About A Tax On Fossil Fuels? Why Not Ask A Stand Up Economist?

Yoram Bauman calls himself the world’s first and only stand up economist. He’s also advocating for a carbon tax in Washington State through an organization he founded called Carbon Washington. The tax would be modeled after the one British Columbia put into effect several years ago. Companies there pay a price per ton of CO2 that they emit.

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Climate Change
7:04 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Study: Comprehensive Climate Policy Needed

Leaking tailpipes and wood-fired stoves are some of the culprits that release methane and soot into the atmosphere. Some researchers think cutting these emissions could significantly reduce global warming effects. But a Northwest study has found that it might not reduce effects that much.

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Trapping CO2
4:12 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Carbon Dioxide Injected Under Columbia Basalts In Climate-Related Demonstration

PNNL scientist Pete McGrail describes CO2 injection underway behind him on the grounds of the Boise Inc. paper mill in Wallula, Wash.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

A long delayed experiment to demonstrate how a global warming gas can be locked up forever deep underground has finally started. Technicians working with the Pacific Northwest National Lab are injecting carbon dioxide down a well south of Pasco, Wash.

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Biofuel Debate
7:38 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Carbon Controversy: Should the Northwest Grow Markets For Forest Biofuels?

A slash pile at a timber harvest site in the Tillimook State Forest. Advocates of woody biomass say slash like this can be used to replace fossil fuels.
Credit Marcus Kaufmann

More than a dozen Northwest schools and hospitals have replaced old diesel heating systems with boilers that burn wood pellets. Advocates say that this wood fuel -- called forest biomass -- is an affordable local source of energy. And it can help rural communities cut back on their fossil fuel use.

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Climate Change
4:54 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Governor Inslee: "No Immediate Plans" For A Price On Carbon Emissions

Governor Jay Inslee made one of his first public appearances since his inauguration at a breakfast for the Capitol Land Trust in Olympia on Tuesday. Several hundred people gathered for the conservation group’s annual breakfast.

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Converting Carbon Dioxide
4:52 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Seattle Firm Seeks To Commercialize Carbon Dioxide Conversion To Methanol

EPA

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 4:04 pm

A small engineering firm in Seattle says it has developed a system to capture carbon dioxide going up power plant smokestacks and convert it to methanol. The solvent is also known as wood alcohol and as an Indy race car fuel.

Brett Scott is chief counsel for Emission Resource Group. He says having a viable method to refine CO2 into methanol could make it worthwhile for fossil fuel burners to capture the greenhouse gas.

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