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Washington paved the way for federal clean cars standards

Nathan Willcox, Environment Washington's federal global warming program director, thanked President Obama for announcing a plan to double fuel-efficiency standards nationwide to an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Washington helped pave the way for this historic move with our own pioneering clean car standards. 

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Plastic bag ban back on Seattle council's agenda

"We all remember the beached grey whale found dead in West Seattle last year with 20 plastic bags in its stomach," O'Brian said in a press release. "The problem plastics pose for the Sound and ocean is pervasive and alarming."

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Seattle's new motto: In banning plastic bags, look to Bellingham

Some environmental activists see bans like the ones in Bellingham and Edmonds as bringing more benefits than the more nuanced approach Seattle tried originally. Certainly, to the public, a ban may sound more reasonable.

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Ban on plastic bags in Seattle? Group gearing up for one more try

The consequences of just taking the plastic bags that are doled out at most grocery chains is devastating to the health of local waters and wildlife. That’s the message from Environment Washington – a group that has issued a renewed call for a ban on plastic at checkout stands in Seattle.

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Keeping plastic out of Puget Sound

Puget Sound is threatened by plastic pollution. To reduce ocean pollution and protect the environment, dozens of national and local governments across the planet have taken official action to reduce or eliminate single use plastic bags. 

State and local governments in Washington should follow their lead and ban the use of plastic grocery bags.

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Environmentalists ask Seattle to ban plastic bags

Representatives of an environmental coalition and a marine-biology researcher Thursday called on the Seattle City Council to ban plastic bags as a way to protect Puget Sound marine life.

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