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Olympia Becomes Tenth City in Washington to Ban Plastic Bags

The Olympia City Council voted unanimously in favor of banning single-use plastic bags, making it the tenth city in the state of Washington to address the growing threat of plastic pollution. The measure is aimed at cutting plastic pollution to Puget Sound and the ocean, where plastic bags can harm whales, seals and salmon.

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New report: Washington ranks 25th in the nation for solar power

Today, Environment Washington Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States, a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. Despite high solar potential, Washington State, a leader in producing wind energy, is ranked 25th in the Country for solar power, producing less than one percent of its total energy from the sun.

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Power Plants Remain America’s Largest Source of Global Warming Pollution

Less than a year after Washington’s severe winter storms of 2012 that left 275 people without power and an estimated $32 million in damage, a new report from Environment Washington Research & Policy Center finds that for Washington, TransAlta’s power company is the state’s biggest carbon polluter, producing as much global warming pollution as 1,115,642 cars each year. Even as Washington State’s renewable energy standard works to cut carbon pollution and transition Washington to clean energy, power plants remain the single largest source of carbon pollution in America. Scientists predict that extreme weather events will become more frequent and severe for future generations, unless we cut the dangerous carbon pollution fueling the problem.

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Obama Administration Should Use Science to Protect America's Waterways

The EPA has just released a new report with data on the impacts small bodies of water have on larger bodies of water. Over half of Washington's streams that feed into our large bodies of water, like Puget Sound, are currently at risk due to loopholes in the Clean Water Act.  The Obama Administration is currently considering new rules that would close these loopholes and strengthen the Clean Water Act. Strenghtening these loopholes would have profound impacts for our water right here in Washington, as well as bodies of water across the country.

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New Report Highlights Washington’s Solar Potential

Last week Gov. Inslee signed his first bill into law, one that is aimed at tackling climate change in Washington. One solution the governor has often touted is solar energy. Today, Environment Washington, industry leaders, and city officials joined together to show that solar energy is a viable, yet under-utilized, energy source for Washington. They asked Gov. Inslee to set a goal for Washington of installing the solar capacity equivalent to 150,000 solar roofs in Washington by 2020.

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