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Lawmakers like the environment. Will they pay up?

Bipartisan. Unanimous. Two words not heard often in contemporary politics describe a pair of bills passed by a divided Washington Legislature to revitalize forests in…

Carbon tax is down but don’t count it out

Could 2017 be the year Washington emerges as the first state to tax emissions of a greenhouse gas? Barring some unusual turn of events as…

If Canada ups its oil shipping, should we worry?

Every week, a barge laden with a crude oil called dilbit makes the journey from Vancouver, B.C., to Tacoma, winding its way through the passages…

State is part of the problem on Puget Sound cleanup

President Donald Trump’s proposed $28 million cut of Puget Sound restoration funding has provoked an outcry. But Gov. Jay Inslee himself is proposing a $29…

Another lost year for kids’ health in Olympia

OLYMPIA — In the wake of the lead-poisoning water scandal in Flint, Michigan, and with 10 Washington children a week being diagnosed with dangerously elevated…

Environmental prospects look iffy in Olympia

OLYMPIA — An abruptly canceled meeting, a moonlighting state senator and the nascent Trump administration all had something to do with killing several high-profile attempts…

Who gets the water — landowners or fish?

MAPLE FALLS, Whatcom County – Zach Nutting throws a stick. His two big black dogs streak after it into the trees on the five-acre lot…

Inside Inslee’s carbon tax: A gift for king coal

 OLYMPIA — For years, protecting the climate has been Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature issue. And his 2017 legislative agenda is keyed heavily to passing a…

The environmental battles brewing in Olympia

Should the state of Washington raise money for schools by taxing companies that contribute to climate change? That’s what Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is advocating. Wrangling…

Coffee with a mission: To get homeless kids back on their feet

Even in the well-caffeinated neighborhood of the University District, one new coffee bar stands apart from the others. Street Bean, which opened its doors this month,…