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Wells Dam on the Columbia River of central Washington state. CREDIT: Douglas County PUD

Central Washington Utility Eager To Branch Into Hydrogen Fuel Production

The Douglas County Public Utility District operates Wells Dam on the Columbia River north of Wenatchee. The dam generates a lot of surplus electricity, especially during spring runoff. Quite a few years ago, utility managers hit on the idea of using surplus electricity to split water molecules to make hydrogen. Continue Reading Central Washington Utility Eager To Branch Into Hydrogen Fuel Production

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Tailpipe exhaust is the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions in Washington state and nationwide. CREDIT: RICK BOWMER/AP

Fuel Producers, Consumers Take Sides On Washington’s Debate Over Lower-Carbon Transportation

Washington lawmakers are developing a low carbon fuels standard. If signed into law, new rules would limit the amount of carbon coming out of car and truck tailpipes. Backers say it’s necessary to combat climate change. Critics say it will increase the price at the pump. Continue Reading Fuel Producers, Consumers Take Sides On Washington’s Debate Over Lower-Carbon Transportation

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee has started soliciting contributions for a federal political action committee that could allow him to test the waters for a possible run for president in 2020. CREDIT: PARKER MILES BLOHM / KNKX

As 2020 Race Heats Up, Jay Inslee Proposes Cutting Senate Filibuster To Boost His Climate Pitch

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has a well-worn set of speaking points when it comes to his 2020 presidential campaign: clean energy, clean jobs, a clean economy that works for everyone, and ending fossil fuel subsidies. Inslee calls these goals the four pillars of his climate change agenda. As of last week, he’s added a fifth: gutting the filibuster. Continue Reading As 2020 Race Heats Up, Jay Inslee Proposes Cutting Senate Filibuster To Boost His Climate Pitch

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