Environmental efforts should do the most good for the money

Part of smarter government is embracing rigorous measures of effectiveness. Environmental efforts should be put to that same kind of scrutiny to ensure that our tax dollars are used effectively to do the most good.

Todd Myers of the Washington Policy Center has an excellent piece below on environmental effectiveness. I’m glad to see Gov. Inslee has embraced this approach, and I hope that the President and the EPA shift from a feel-good approach to one that considers how to do the most good for the money.

— Rob McKenna

Obama’s Climate Polices Contrast with Inslee/ALEC Approach

Today, President Obama outlined his new strategy on climate change, calling for more support for a range of politically chosen strategies. Prior to the speech, Governor Inslee released a statement saying the approach is “a smart, practical and cost effective set of policies.”

The approach proposed by the President, however, stands in contrast to Inslee’s own climate legislation and model legislation passed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Inslee’s bill calls for strategies to be prioritized based on their environmental effectiveness, specifically proposing prioritization based on “the cost per ton of emission reduction.” This approach is the center of ALEC’s “Environmental Priorities Act,” which they adopted in 2010. It calls for ranking environmental policies based on where the most benefit can be provided for every taxpayer dollar.

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Rob McKenna
Rob served two terms as Washington’s Attorney General, from 2005 to 2013. He successfully argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and negotiated three of the largest consumer financial protection settlements in national history, all involving mortgage lending and servicing. He is a recognized leader in the development of consumer protections on the internet, in data protection and privacy regulation.