Energy & Environment update – flame retardants, WWU Professor Easterbrook and an energy independent America?

Below are brief summaries of key upcoming meetings of the Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee, which I chair. If you’re interested in watching them, I’d encourage you to tune in through, where they’ll all be broadcast live.

  • Today at 1:30 p.m. – flame retardants in household products

    • Our entire meeting is devoted to House Bill 1294 – concerning flame retardants
    • HB 1294 would ban TRIS, a flame-retardant commonly used in household materials like sofas, which may be dangerous if ingested
  • Thursday at 1:30 p.m. – An energy-independent America?

    • Every week this session, we’ve devoted one day to new technologies in the field of energy
    • This week’s edition will focus on our state and country’s evolving energy outlook, and exciting developments in the field of oil production through “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing, which could lead to energy independence in America
    • Those providing testimony include Mark Finley and Bill Kidd from BP and Howard Schwartz from the Department of Commerce and NW Power & Conservation Council
    • We’ll also be showing the video from a NBC News series on America’s booming domestic energy production, which reveals that the US could be the world’s biggest oil producer by 2020 and by 2030 could be a net exporter of oil
  • Next Tuesday, 3/26 at 1:30 – WWU Professor Don Easterbrook

    • Next Tuesday we’ll be receiving a briefing from Don Easterbrook, geology professor emeritus at Western Washington University, on the cause of CO2 emissions and their relationship to climate change. Professor Easterbrook has previously appeared on national news shows and has been featured in the New York Times.