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Carbon Emissions
5:25 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Oregon Senate Votes To Extend Low-Carbon Fuels Despite Link To Ethics Scandal

Senate Bill 324 would ultimately would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels by 10 percent over a decade.
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The Oregon Senate voted Tuesday to extend the state's low-carbon fuel program. The decision came despite objections from Republicans that the plan is tainted by the ethics scandal surrounding Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes.

Senate Bill 324 would lift the 2015 sunset on Oregon's low-carbon fuel program. That would ultimately would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels by 10 percent over a decade.

But the plan has gotten caught up in a swarm of accusations of influence peddling in the governor's office.

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Green Beer
8:06 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Portland Brewery Puts Low-Carbon Beer On Tap

A taste test: Migration Brewing presented samples of its low-carbon red beer (on coasters) alongside its traditional red beer.
Credit Stephen Baboi / Oregon Public Broadcasting

It's opening night for a new beer at Migration Brewing in Portland.

"Can I get a couple tasters of the low-carbon beer," a customer says.

The new brew is called the Little Foot Red. That's because it has half the carbon footprint of the brewery's traditional red beer, the Blood, Sweat and Red. As it turns out, that traditional beer generates a fair amount of carbon emissions.

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Government And Politics
5:12 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Inslee To Push Carbon Emissions Reduction

Governor Jay Inslee pushed for his proposed carbon emissions reduction plan in his state of the state speech Tuesday.
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee urged the state legislature to assess a fee on carbon polluters.

The Democrat Tuesday used his state of the state speech to push for his proposed carbon emissions reduction plan.

“We have a moral obligation to act. Our moral duty is to protect a birthright. Future Washingtonians deserve a healthy Washington,” Inslee said.

Inslee’s plan drew applause from Democrats. But Republicans appear cool to the idea.

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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.
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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.
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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

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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