Tag Archives: carbon

Washington senator proposes cap-and-trade rebates for farmers

From the Capital Press A Washington state senator has renewed his proposal to refund cap-and-trade costs to farmers and haulers of farm goods, an idea that failed to win support last spring from farm groups. Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) said Friday he expects more backing now for refunds. The Department of Ecology hasn’t yet found a way to exempt farm fuels ... Read More »

Washington senator calls for cap-and-trade changes

From the Capital Press A Washington Republican state senator said July 5 the Department of Ecology should act to bring down the cost of cap-and-trade allowances to ease the upward pressure on fuel prices. read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Washington gas prices top US as carbon fee takes hold

From the Capital Press Washington has moved past California to have the most expensive gasoline in the U.S., a surge coinciding with Washington’s cap-and-trade carbon fee almost doubling California’s. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Washington’s carbon fee rises, trips emergency valve to hold down costs

From the Capital Press Washington’s carbon fee rose by 15% at the state’s second cap-and-trade auction, the Department of Ecology reported Wednesday, and is high enough to turn on an emergency valve to contain energy costs. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Washington to adopt California ban on diesel trucks

From the Capital Press Washington will follow California’s lead and ban new diesel trucks beginning in 2036, a governor’s spokesman said Tuesday. The governor’s office was going over the rule passed April 28 by the California Air Resources Board and does not have a timeline for adopting it, spokesman Mike Faulk said in an email. “We’re still reviewing California’s actions, ... Read More »

Washington’s Green New Deal: Climate agenda generates unanswered questions

From the Capital Press Step by step, Washington state has adopted the main canons of the Green New Deal, a sweeping set of mandates aimed at reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

3 big carbon questions for farmers

From agweb.com The future of voluntary carbon markets for agriculture is still coming into focus. As such, farmers continue to assess the landscape and weigh their opportunities. Are farmers signing up for carbon programs? Will my existing practices qualify? How much can farmers be paid? Read the answers here. Read More »

USDA to Invest $8 Million to Expand Monitoring of Soil Carbon

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to invest $8 million to support and expand monitoring of carbon in soil on working agricultural lands as well as assess how climate-smart practices are affecting carbon sequestration. This is part of USDA’s efforts to build out a national soil carbon monitoring network, which was kicked off with soil carbon monitoring on Conservation ... Read More »

‘Additionality’ issue keeps some farmers out of carbon markets

From agweb.com When Mike Estadt talks with Ohio farmers using no-till and cover crops who want to participate in carbon markets, he often tells them they are unlikely to qualify for those opportunities. “These are farmers who’ve been in no-till for 20 or 30 years, and they’ve probably sequestered all the carbon that they can,” says Estadt, Ohio State University ... Read More »

NAWG testifies on carbon markets before House Ag Committee

National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) president and Cass City, Mich., wheat farmer, Dave Milligan, testified today during a House Agriculture Committee hearing on voluntary carbon markets in agriculture and forestry. Milligan highlighted several benefits growing wheat has on the environment, such as improving soil quality, protecting the soil from erosion and reducing weed pressure when added to a crop ... Read More »