Candidates clash on Port of Olympia code of conduct for commissioners
Rolf Boone, October 8, 2015, The Olympian
Port of Olympia commissioner George Barner on Wednesday defended his opinion on a code of conduct policy for the commission, saying he supports a code but doesn’t feel it needs to be officially adopted by resolution.
Barner made his remarks during a candidate forum for the port’s District 1 candidates before the Gateway Rotary Wednesday morning. Barner is seeking a third term on the commission. His challenger is Joe Downing, a former member of the port’s citizen advisory committee and a senior financial examiner for the state.
Shaping a low-carbon future for Washington includes putting a price on carbon
By Mike Stevens, October 8, 2015, Seattle Times
THE drive toward a low-carbon future is gaining momentum.
China recently announced it will reduce its carbon emissions starting in 2017. This week the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy launched a drive in Washington state to enforce existing global-warming-pollution reduction targets, invest in the transition to a clean-energy economy and address the impacts of carbon. And earlier this month, the state Department of Ecology announced that it will regulate greenhouse gases as it does other pollution and enforce existing limits on carbon emissions to slow the impacts of climate change.
Trade deal could mean big bump for Washington cherry, apple growers
Steve Wilhelm, October 5, 2015, Puget Sound Business Journal
Some Washington state exports could get a big boost over the next five years, according to early analysis of the just-concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Opponents say that boost will be at the expense of the environment.
The 12-nation trade Pacific rim trade deal – the largest ever – could increase Washington state exports to the United States’ 11 trade partners by 10 to 15 percent, said Eric Schinfeld, president of the Washington Council on International Trade, a group that has been a vigorous supporter of the pact.