Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 10, 2018

Part 1: Host Kris Halterman will interview Todd Meyer, Director, Center for the Environment ( for the Washington Policy Center, on Governor Inslee’s proposed Carbon Tax. With the balance of the state senate controlled by the Democrat Party, this carbon bill is quickly moving through the gears of Olympia. The tax proposal will be attached to a lot of necessary, everyday expenses. If passed, how will this new tax roll-out? What will it be attached to? What is the goal of this new tax? Is it legal? And, who will pay for it?

Part 2: host Kris Halterman talks to EJ Ledet about his contact and experience with the Lake Whatcom Policy Group, Whatcom County Public Works, the Dept. of Ecology and others; as he works to share his research and potential solutions for water quality and health issues related to Lake Whatcom.

Dec. 9, 2017 Interview with EJ Ledet Dec. 16, 2017 Interview with EJ Ledet

Washington’s Carbon Tax Will Cost $530 Per Household In 2029

By TODD MYERS  |  BLOG, Feb 5, 2018

Last week, the Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee passed its version of a carbon tax, noting it was still “a work in progress.” Including numerous exemptions for industry, the burden of the tax falls primarily on households and commercial businesses in Washington state. The tax begins at $10 per metric ton (MT) of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent that includes other greenhouse gases like methane), increasing to $30 per MT by 2029.

So, how much will this cost and who will pay for it?

Show Outline Carbon Tax Passes Senate

Who is pushing this new carbon tax? At 8 p.m. yesterday evening, the Senate Energy, Environment, and Technology (EET) Committee voted to pass a modified version of Gov. Inslee’s carbon tax (SB 6203) bill out of committee with a “do pass” recommendation. This is just the first step in what will be a lengthy process, but we are feeling a little bit like Joe Biden after Obamacare passed … so forgive us when we say “this is a big $%@^ing deal.“We are pretty sure this is the first carbon tax in U.S. history passed out of a state legislative committee.

Feb. 5, 2018 Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting, audio file on surface water discussion

Institute for Freshwater Studies, 1980-81 by Charles J. Flora, Jennie A. Schaeffer, and Mary Olson

Evidence for another Dissolved Oxygen Supply Cause to Lake Whatcom which was discontinued in 1997.

The influence of the Nooksack Diversion from 1962-1997 (35 years) changed the character of the water since 1962. “ It has become clearer, slightly more acidic, possessed more oxygen, less orthophosphate , and since 1970-73, more total nitrate.

It is concluded that Lake Whatcom Water is increasingly similar to that of the Middle Fork of the Nooksack River” says Professor Emeritus Charles Flora who was Professor Matthews predecessor at WWU. An estimate of the volume of water which flowed into Lake Whatcom from the Nooksack Diversion was ~ 10 Billion Gallons per year  or about 5% of the total volume 243 Billion Gallons of Lake Whatcom (Whatcom Watch Online 2002 Article by Tom Pratum “Lake Whatcom Monitoring Through the Years”) was replaced each year with water from the Middle Fork Nooksack during this time period. ( 10 Billion x 35 years = 350 Billion Gals of water which equates to 1.4 times the total volume of Lake Whatcom (350/243=1.4)

2018-0205 LW Policy Grp Minutes 2018-0205 Aeration Memo LWPG (Fogelsong & Jones) 1850-2007 History of Lk Whatcom 2002-Whatcom Watch Lk Whatcom Monitoring History LWWSD Service Base Pop. Saying Good-bye to Georgia Pacific Bellingham Waterfront History

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