Wednesday, June 25, 2014

State Convention Wrapup

The Washington State Democratic platform as adopted can be found here: http://www.wa-democrats.org/issues.

A video of the general session including Governor Jay Inslee's speech can be found on TVW here:
http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2014060001.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Gun Politics

The Clint Didier campaign is giving away lethal weapons.  An armed society is a peaceful society, except when it isn't.  Unarmed societies must suffer repeated episodes of senseles killing, except that they don't.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Idaho GOP Hits 'Rock Bottom'

Raul Labrador Adjourns Idaho GOP Meeting before it actually does anything.  Infighting between Tea Party supporters and all the other Republicans got ugly.  Sad that this isn't just some small fringe group but it's the state's majority party.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Carbon Taxes

In November, the Obama administration set the social cost of carbon dioxide at $37 per ton.  Many argue that that figure is too low. 

The recent IPCC report estimates that it would take $0.15/kg of CO2 to solve the climate change problem.  If I do my math right, that works out to be a little less that $150/ per ton.

The British Columbia carbon tax experiment at a rate of $30 per ton has proven to be a success.  Carbon emissions are down without any severe economic impacts despite the poor economy.  Note that there are special provisions in the BC law that mitigate the economic impact on low income households.

That puts a framework around it.  We can start moving the right direction with a $30/ton figure.  But to really solve the problem we need to get closer to the $150/ton level.  With the higher taxes, there should be sufficient economic incentive for carbon sequestration efforts to begin to pay off.

The Citizens Climate Lobby has produced legislation that starts with a $20/ton tax with an annual increase in the rate.  Unlike the BC law, only 60% of the proceeds are returned to the taxpayers with 25% going into the general fund and 10-15% going towards green energy subsidies.

You can see the Congressional horse-trading in these provisions.  BC's law was revenue neutral with all the proceeds being pushed back to the taxpayers.  It's too bad that a good bill like this has to suffer extortion by special interests.



 

Replacement Officer Election Results

Congratulations to our new officers!

Chair:            John Christenson
Vice-Chair:   Mimi Latta
Secretary:     Charles LoPresti

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Position Open on the Hanford Advisory Board

From the Tri-City Herald:

The Hanford Advisory Board has three openings for alternate seats representing the public at large.

Board members are volunteers who attend up to five annual two-day meetings and additional committee meetings throughout the year. The board develops recommendations about Hanford nuclear reservation environmental cleanup for the Department of Energy and its regulators.

Applications are due April 3. Submit them to laija.emerald@epa.gov. For more information, call 372-7954. Application information and forms are available at www.hanford.gov under the rotating banner.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Replacement Elections

Our chair, John David, has resigned.  Some months ago, our vice-chair relocated to Arizona.  At our next regular meeting, April the 16th at 6:00 PM at the Richland Public Library, we will be electing a replacement chair and vice-chair to complete their terms which expire at the end of this year.

If you wish to be considered, be sure to attend the meeting or notify us in writing.  You can contact either Kendall Miller at kendallmiller@msn.com or John Christenson at johnchri@charter.net.  If you wish to nominate someone, please attend the meeting.

Thanks.