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WA’s first greenhouse-gas-allowance auction raises estimated $300 million

Washington’s first auction of greenhouse-gas pollution allowances raised an estimated $300 million in a closely watched sale as companies, consumers and the Legislature get their first glimpse of the cost of emitting in the state. The Department of Ecology announced Tuesday it had sold all of its almost 6.2 million allowances, each representing one metric […]

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No relief in sight from cap-and-trade for Washington farmers

OLYMPIA — Talks between the Washington Department of Ecology, farm groups and fuel producers and distributors have been fruitless, leaving farmers overpaying for fuel because of the state’s recently enacted cap-and-trade law. Cap-and-trade costs are being passed down to farmers, even though lawmakers exempted from the program fuel used to produce and transport farm goods. […]

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