Washington Policy Center

Washington Policy Center


The Washington Policy Center (WPC) is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) think tank based in Seattle, Washington and with offices in Olympia, Spokane, and the Tri-Cities. It recorded an annual revenue over $2.3 million in 2014. In its own words, the “Washington Policy Center (WPC) is an independent, non-profit, think tank that promotes sound public policy based on free-market solutions.” [3][6] 

The WPC was originally founded as the “Washington Institute for Policy Studies.” In 1997 the Washington Institute for Policy Studies (WIPS) created a new organization, the Washington Institute Foundation, which replaced the WIPS in 1998.  In 2001, the Washington Institute Foundation changed its name to the Washington Policy Center.  [1], [2], [4][5]

In 2007, WPC raised $3.8 million to fund research centers focused on small business issues, the environment, health care, transportation, government reform, and a legislative information website, WPC describes as “the premier website for tracking bills in Olympia, finding objective, plain-English summaries of legislation, and offering quick access to your legislators’ voting records.” [7]

In 2013, the Washington Policy Center WPC launched a quarterly magazine titled Viewpoint. Their inaugural issue (PDF) includes an article titled ”A Hopeful Step Toward Nonpartisan Climate Policy” by Todd Myers, where WPC advocates actions by Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s, which echo climate policies of “ALEC draft legislation called ‘The Environmental Priorities Act’.”  The Center for Media and Democracy’s SourceWatch has more information on ALEC and the group’s draft legislation. [8]

WPC‘s mission (PDF) is ” to promote free-market solutions through research and education.” According to WPC‘s 2002 annual report, “We believe ideas, supported by sound research and promoted through publications, conferences and the media, over time, create an environment in which sound public policy decisions are made.” [9]

Jack Kemp called the WPC the “Heritage Foundation of the Northwest.” WPC is also a member of the State Policy Network (SPN), a group that has been behind a growing number of “mini Heritage Foundations” at the state level since the early 1990s.  [10], [11]

Stance on Climate Change


“We have consistently argued that Washington can take practical steps to reduce the risk from carbon emissions and have offered ways to do that effectively. Occasionally we have been criticized by some of our friends on the right for offering alternatives; they argue the left only uses climate change as a Trojan Horse to justify higher taxes and larger government, saying they don’t really care about climate change. I must admit, the contradictory and incoherent statement by the environmental coalition at this week’s hearing lends credibility to the claim they care more about increasing the size of government than the planet.” [43]


“We agree with scientists like Pat Michaels of the CATO Institute and the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group that the level of atmospheric carbon from all sources does increase the heat in the atmosphere. What is less clear is how much of an impact humans are having and what the temperature impact will be.” [12]


In his presentation, “The Difference Between Scientists and Policymakers” at the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, sponsored by the Heartland Institute, Todd Myers stated that science is myopic and scientists conflate science and policy. Further, Myers declared “scientists tend to overestimate their confidence in their assessment of risk.” [13]

In conclusion, Myers stated his belief that the unintended consequences of implementing environmental public policy outweigh the positives done by the regulation itself. The final point on his power-point presentation is that “David Suzuki is absurd and myopic.”

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Annual Reports & Financial Statements


According to their website,”WPC is funded through donations from individual supporters, foundation grants and businesses. Individual membership starts at $50 per year, not counting our six-month free introductory membership. WPC‘s budget is about $2 million per year.” [1]

The WPC‘s single largest donor has been a group called Donors Capital Fund (DCF). DCF has been described as the “dark money ATM” of the conservative movement in the US, and effectively obscures the identity of original donors. [28]

Below is a summary of data currently available in the Conservative Transparency Database. Note that not all individual funding entires have been verified by DeSmog. View the attached spreadsheet for additional information on The Washington Policy Center’s funding by year (.xlsx). [14]

Donor Total Contributions
Donors Capital Fund $775,975
James & CK Coles Foundation $528,781
Apex Foundation $350,165
The Dabney Point Fund $285,000
The Roe Foundation $270,000
Seattle Foundation $254,016
Charles Maxfield Parrish and Gloria F Parrish Foundation $210,000
State Policy Network $150,082
Jaquelin Hume Foundation $125,000
Peterson Family Foundation $113,900
PhRMA $112,500
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation $100,000
JM Foundation $90,000
Robert P. Rotella Foundation $88,000
DonorsTrust $86,150
Washington State Medical Association $80,000
Adolph Coors Foundation $75,000
John M. Olin Foundation $64,000
Richard Seth Staley Educational Foundation $52,000
Kulakala Point Foundation $45,000
Castle Rock Foundation $40,000
Brian & Traci Janssen Foundation $25,369
Lester and Bernice Smith Foundation $24,600
The A William and Eileen Pratt Foundation $21,425
The Kemper Freeman Family Foundation $19,195
National Christian Charitable Foundation $17,000
Searle Freedom Trust $15,000
PG Beil Foundation $11,500
John P and Kathryn G Evans Foundation $10,600
Atlas Economic Research Foundation $6,100
Norberg Family Foundation $6,000
The Howell Foundation $5,750
King Pierce Farm Bureau $5,500
Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation $5,000
Stephen and Dianne Loeb Family Foundation $4,500
Betcher Family Foundation $2,500
The Arthur H Ditto Family Foundation $2,500
Whatley Foundation $1,000
Grand Total $4,079,108

Key People


The current president of the WPC is Daniel Mead Smith who has been with the WPC since 1991 and became their president in 2001. [30]

The former president is Bill Baldwin. Baldwin acted as president when WCP was operated under its former name, the Washington Institute for Policy Studies. [29]

Baldwin is the CEO of the insurance firm Baldwin Resource Group, Inc.[31] which joined The Partners Group in 2011. [32] Bill Baldwin has also worked for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)—one of the oldest free enterprise think tanks in the United States. FEE has received funding from both the Scaife Family Foundations and the Koch Family Foundations[33]

Board of Directors

The Washington Policy Center (WPC) is governed by a 27-member volunteer Board of Directors that meets four times per year, plus board committee meetings. Board members do not direct daily operations or select research topics.  [1]

Name 2012[16] 2015[45] 2016[46] Description
Al Symington Y     Seattle
Anne Cowles   Y Y Spokane
Anne Kelley Y     Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
Artie Buerk   Y Y Montlake Capital – Seattle
Bill Baldwin   Y Y The Partners Group – Bellevue
Craig Williamson Y Y Y Chairman
Daniel Mead Smith Y Y Y President, Washington Policy Center
Dave Barber Y Y Y Treasurer, Bartell-Barber Investments LLC – Seattle
Dr. Rhonda Medows     Y Executive Vice President of Population Health at Providence Health & Services
Greg Porter Y Y Y Pillar Society President – Berntson Porter & Company – Bellevue
Heidi Stanley   Y Y Empire Bolt & Screw Inc – Spokane
Hon. Brian Sonntag   Y Y Executive Director, Rescue Mission – Tacoma
Hon. George R. Nethercutt Jr. Y Y Y Spokane
Hon. Kemper Freeman Y Y Y Jr. Kemper Development – Bellevue
Hon. Mary Odermat   Y Y Brown Bear Car Wash – Medina
Irene Song   Y Y PACCAR Inc. – Seattle
Janet True Y Y Y Seattle
Jerry Nutter Y     Nutter Corporation, Vancouver
Jim Coles Y Y Y Western Peterbilt (retired) – Seattle
Jim Day Y     Gig Harbor
John Connors Y Y Y Ignition Partners – Bellevue
John J. Hennessy Y Y Y Snoqualmie
John Otter Y Y Y Vice Chairman, CBC Partners
Kathy Connors Y Y Y Bellevue
Ken D. Peterson Y     Jr., Columbia Ventures Corp., Vancouver
Len Zarelli Y Y Y Merit Company – Lakewood
Mark Pinkowski   Y Y  
Mary Odermat Y     Secretary, Brown Bear Car Wash, Medina
Matt McIlwain Y Y Y Secretary, Madrona Venture Group – Seattle
Phil Scott Schlaepfer   Y Y Merrill Lynch – The Phil Scott Group – Bellevue
Randy Talbot Y Y Y Talbot Financial – Bellevue
Richard Alvord Y Y Y Seattle
Robert L. Wiley III Y     Bellevue
Robert Tippett Y Y Y Tippett Company – Pasco
Roberta Weymouth Y Y Y Silver Cloud Inns & Hotels – Bellevue
Roger Bowlin Y Y Y R.W. Bowlin Investment Solutions – Chelan
Sarah Rindlaub Y Y Y Past Chairman – Mercer Island
Wayne Williams   Y Y Telect Inc. – Liberty Lake
William Conner Y Y Y Bellevue

Board Emeritus 

Name 2012[16] 2015[45] 2016[46] Description
Al Symington   Y Y Seattle
Amb. Della Newman Y Y Y Former Amb. to New Zealand – Bow
Barbara Kenney Y Y Y Bellevue
Bill Baldwin Y     The Partners Group – Bellevue
David Maryatt Y Y Y Seattle
Ed McMillan Y Y Y Silverdale
Hon. Emilio Cantu Y Y Y Former Washington State Senator – Bellevue
Hon. William Polk Y Y Y William Polk Associates – Seattle
Jim Day   Y Y Gig Harbor
John “Scotty” McEachern Y Y Y Seattle
Richard Derham Y Y Y Seattle
Robert L. Wiley III   Y Y Bellevue

Eastern Washington Advisory Board

Name 2012[16] 2015[45] 2016[46] Description
Anne Cowles Y Y Y Spokane
Bill Farris Y Y Y Richland
Bob Brody Y     King Orchards – Wenatchee
Brenda Alford Y Y Y Alford Farms Inc. – Pasco
Bruce Smith Y Y Y Publisher, Yakima Valley Business Times – Yakima
Chris Patterson   Y Y Breakthrough Incorporated – Spokane
Chris Senske Y Y Y Senske Lawn & Tree Care – Kennewick
Cindy Wendle     Y Spokane
Colin Hastings Y Y Y Executive Director, Pasco Chamber of Commerce – Pasco
Craig Dias Y Y Y Spokane
Damien Sinnott Y     Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce – Walla Walla
David Stambaugh Y     Cle Elum
Diane Cornwell Y     People’s Bank – Wenatchee
Don Stafford     Y Wells Fargo Bank – Spokane
Dr. Blake McKinley Y Y Y Spokane Valley
Eldonna Shaw Y     Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce – Spokane Valley
Francis Benjamin     Y Pullman
Heidi Myers Y Y Y Washington Trust Bank – Wenatchee
Heidi Stanley Y Y Y Empire Bolt & Screw Inc – Spokane
Hon. George Nethercutt Y Y Y Spokane
Jack McCrae     Y Chelan
Jack McRae   Y   Chelan
Janet Schmidlkofer   Y Y K&N Electric – Spokane
Jeff Losey Y Y Y Executive Director Homebuilders of the Tri-Cities – Kennewick
Jeff Severs Y Y Y Northwestern Mutual – Spokane
Joanna Cable     Y Spokane
Joed Ngaruiya   Y Y Sterling Bank – Kennewick
John Bennett Y     President, NAI Black – Spokane
Jon Devaney Y Y Y Washington State Tree Fruit Association – Yakima
Jordana LaPorte Y Y Y LaPorte Financial Alliance – Chelan
Joseph “Vic” Parrish   Y Y Former CEO, Energy Northwest – West Richland
Judi Williams Y Y Y Telect Inc. – Liberty Lake
Julie Shiflett   Y Y Spokane
Kate Lampson     Y Pasco
Kees C. Koster Y     Preferred Realty Inc. – Pasco
Kent Clausen   Y Y Spokane
Larry Lambeth   Y Y President, Employment Screening Services
Lori Mattson Y Y Y President, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce – Kennewick
Mark Sonderen Y Y Y Sonderen Packaging – Spokane
Melanie Hoefer   Y   Tri-Cities Journal of Business – Kennewick
Melanie Schmitt Y     Tri-Cities Journal of Business – Kennewick
Michael Cannon   Y Y Spokane
Mike & Barbara Poulson Y     WA Agricultural Legal Foundation – Connell
Mike Maehl Y     Opus 111 Group – Spokane
Mike Poulson   Y Y Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Director, 5th Congressional District – Connell
Pat Dix Y Y Y Dix Corporation – Spokane
Patrick Kirby Y     Kirby Law Offices – Spokane
Paul Gray Y Y Y Gray’s Electric – Wenatchee
Peter Stanton Y Y Y Washington Trust Bank – Spokane
Ralph Hamm III Y     Wells Fargo Bank – Spokane
Randy Gold Y Y Y Gold Construction – Wenatchee
Rich Hadley Y     President and CEO, Greater Spokane Incorporated – Spokane,
Robert Jankelson Y Y Y Tsillan Cellars – Chelan
Robert Tippett Y Y Y Tippett Company – Pasco
Roger Bowlin Y Y Y R.W. Bowlin Investment Solutions – Chelan
Shaun Cross Y     CEO Lee & Hayes – Spokane
Steve Appel Y     Washington State Farm Bureau – Endicott
Steve Landon   Y Y Reese Concrete Products – Kennewick
Steve Schwan     Y Pasco
Stuart McDougall Y Y Y McDougall and Sons Fruit – Wenatchee
Tom Beil   Y Y Spokane
Tom Hix   Y Y NAI Black – Spokane
Tom Power   Y Y Spokane
Tyrus Tenold   Y Y Spokane Valley
Wayne Williams Y Y Y Telect Inc. – Liberty Lake
William Lampson Y Y Y Lampson International – Kennewick


Name 2015[15] 2016[47] Description
Daniel Mead Smith Y Y President, Washington Policy Center
Paul Guppy Y Y Vice President for Research
Liv Finne Y Y Director, Center for Education
Todd Myers Y Y Director, Center for the Environment
Jason Mercier Y Y Director, Center for Government Reform
Roger Stark, MD Y Y Health Care Policy Analyst
Erin Shannon Y Y Director, Center for Small Business
Mariya Kargopoltseva   Y Coles Center for Transportation Analyst
Lisa Shin Y Y Communications & Marketing Director
Sydney Jansen Y Y Development Director
Stephanie True Y Y Director, Major Gifts
Chris Cargill Y Y Eastern Washington Office Director
Braden Goodwin Y Y Operations Manager
Madilynne Clark   Y Agriculture Policy Research Director
Katie Bulger Y Y Event Manager
Elizabeth Toledo Y Y Communications Coordinator
Tashina Kreilick Y Y Development Assistant
Lisl Stadler   Y Young Professionals Coordinator
Tyler Pichette   Y Operations Assistant
Maggie Douglas   Y Eastern Washington Research Assistant
Bob Pishue Y   Director, Coles Center for Transportation
Sydney Parker Y   Operations Assistant
Nick Pangares Y   Eastern Washington Research Assistant


April 6, 2020

The Washington Policy Center, represented by Todd Myers, was signatory to an American Energy Alliance letter to President Donald Trump supporting the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule which would scrap federal fuel economy mandates under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program. [52]

Describing CAFE, the letter contends: “Those families and individuals who prefer or need trucks, SUVs, and crossovers pay more to subsidize those who buy smaller vehicles or electric vehicles under the existing mandate. This significant, needless, and unjust cost is a very real regressive tax on American families that has made our country worse off.” [52]

March 23, 2020

As reported at DeSmog, Life:Powered sent a letter to Congress critical of the COVID-19 stimulus package for including “tax incentives and spending for unreliable ‘green’ energy
programs.” [50], [51]

The letter, to which the Washington Policy Ceter is a signatory, concludes: [51]

“This is no time for political games. Climate change is not an immediate threat to humanity. Climate-related deaths have declined 98.9% in the last century, and humanity is growing more and more resilient thanks to the availability of affordable, reliable energy. On behalf of all Americans, we urge you to oppose any stimulus proposals that carve out special treatment for or bail out any energy companies and focus instead on stopping COVID-19.” [51]

The full list of signatories is below: [51]

Name Title Organization
Jason Isaac Senior Manager & Distinguished Fellow Life:Powered/Texas Public Policy Foundation
Myron Ebell Director, Center for Energy and Environment Competitive Enterprise Institute
Bette Grande CEO Roughrider Policy Center
Ellen Weaver President & CEO Palmetto Promise Institute
Isaac Orr Policy Fellow Center of the American Experiment
Bethany Marcum Executive Director Alaska Policy Forum
David T. Stevenson Director, Center for Energy and Environment Caesar Rodney Institute
Donald van der Vaart Senior Fellow John Locke Foundation
Jason Hayes Director of Environmental Policy Mackinac Center for Public Policy
John Droz, Jr. Founder Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions
George K. Rasley, Jr. Managing Editor
Becky Norton Dunlop Former Secretary of Natural Resources Commonwealth of Virginia
James L. Martin Founder/Chairman 60 Plus Association
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis President 60 Plus Association
Ken Blackwell Senior Fellow Family Research Council
Eunie Smith President Eagle Forum
Jenny Beth Martin Honorary Chairman Tea Party Patriots Action
Jon Caldara President Independence Institute
L. Brent Bozell, III Founder and President Media Research Center
Jason Pye Vice President of Legislative Affairs FreedomWorks
Jameson Taylor Vice President for Policy Mississippi Center for Public Policy
Carol Platt Liebau President Yankee Institute
Mike Stenhouse CEO Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity
Daniel Erspamer CEO Pelican Institute for Public Policy
Christian N. Braunlich President Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy
Todd Myers Environmental Director Washington Policy Center

November 2018

According to a State Policy Network press release WPC was a “key voice” in shutting down a carbon tax initiative  (I-1631) in Washington. [48]

“Media and campaigns repeatedly cited WPC’s analysis on the initiative’s costs, hidden components buried in the text, and overall ineffectiveness,” the SPN press release boasted.  [48]

As part of WPC‘s success, the press release cites a September 2018 policy brief put forward by WPC‘s Todd Myers entitled a “Citizens’ Guide to Initiative 1631” (PDF). [49]

According to Myers, “Ultimately, Initiative 1631 represents a costly and dramatic experiment in the government-heavy approach to reducing carbon emissions.”  [49]

May 2016

In a “Policy Note” from the Washington Policy Foundation, Todd Myers criticized “green” building standards proposed in Spokane, WA, claiming that buildings made to LEED certification standards are “costing more to build and actually increasing energy use.” [36]

“Spokane can join the club of cities that chose trendy environmentalism over environmental results, or it can do the hard work of finding real ways to do more with less; that is at the heart of true environmentalism,” Myers writes. [36]
Myers and the Washington Policy Center have consistently criticized green building plans. Earlier in the year, Myers published a report on the supposed failure of LEED-certified schools in North Carolina with the John Locke Foundation. [37], [38]
Many advocates who promote LEED or similar rating systems point to the supposed carbon dioxide emission reductions achieved by green schools. The failure to save energy, or even slow the increase in energy use, wastes resources on efforts that do nothing for climate change or the environment. Instead misguided green building rules divert scarce funding from efforts that could have a positive environmental impact, or which could be used to fulfill other public needs,” Myers claims. [38]
In 2015, Todd Myers also wrote an article at the Wall Street Journal titled ”The Environmental Failure of ‘Green’ Schools,” saying that “In every state, green schools fall short of promises. Not a single school we’ve found will save more in energy costs than it spent to achieve the ‘green’ rating.” [39]
On march 9, 2016, Myers was featured on the Heartland Institute’s Daily Podcast, where he talked with host H. Sterling Burnett about his paper. Audio below. [40]

April 29, 2016

The Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) released a study on the environmental impacts of building a coal-export terminal in Longview along the Lower Columbia River, highlighting a large potential increase in greenhouse gas emissions. The project would be undertaken by Millennium Bulk Terminals, a partnership of two coal companies, and proposes to export up to 44 million metric tons a year to Asia. [41]
One of the DOE‘s primary concerns was the potential for increasing global carbon output. It requested Millenial submit a plan to cut the net increase by 50 percent, a mandate it describes as “’reasonable and appropriate’ based on state laws regarding emission standards for new power plants and overall carbon-reduction goals.”[41]
Todd Myers of the Washington Policy Institute questioned the DOE‘s request:
“A regulator is supposed to be clear and objective. In this case, the regulation is far from clear and far from being an objective standard and has become an arbitrary tool,” Todd Myers said. “Ecology’s suggestions are probably the most expensive things that you can do and do almost nothing for the environment,” Myers said. [41]

January 20, 2016

Todd Myers, Director of the Washington Policy Center’s “Center for the Environment,” wrote a Legislative Memo opposing HB 2346, a bill which would introduce solar energy subsidies in Washington. [34]

“Despite Western Washington’s status as one of the worst places in the United States for solar energy production, legislators continue to subsidize a technology that costs more and delivers less environmental benefit than virtually all other strategies,” Myers writes. “Shifting to solar energy only reduces CO2 emissions by a very small amount.” [34]
Andrew Follett quoted Myers in The Daily Caller in an article titled “Washington’s Solar Subsidies Cost 13.5 Times The Price Of Power Generated.” [35]

March 27, 2015

The Washington Policy Also released a March, 2015 Policy Brief titled “Five myths of Cap-and-Trade” critical of the cap and trade system recommended by Governor Inslee in Washington State. This is no the first time The Washington Policy Center has lobbied against Cap and Trade[17], [42]

The Policy Brief concludes:

“Cap-and-trade continues to be the preferred climate policy of the environmental left. The arguments they make to support it, however, are often incorrect or contradicted by experience. A serious approach to environmental policy and funding education should be built on more than the hope that it will work out better this time.” [17]

October, 2014

The Washington Policy Center has consistently been critical of Governor Inslee’s actions on climate change policy. In October, 2014, Todd Myers criticizes Inslee for his use of a “flawed University of Oregon study that used outdated projections.” [18]

Myers concludes, “Much of the discussion about climate policy in Washington state involves raising the specter of catastrophic economic impacts as a way of justifying expensive and harmful policies. This Executive Order makes use of this approach, warning that unless we take action, the costs to Washington’s economy will be significant.”

December, 2011

WPC published its first “Policy Guide” for Washington State. In their chapter on the environment, WPC reveals their stance on climate change: [12]

“We agree with scientists like Pat Michaels of the CATO Institute and the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group that the level of atmospheric carbon from all sources does increase the heat in the atmosphere. What is less clear is how much of an impact humans are having and what the temperature impact will be.”

WPC recommends that a potential solution is to put a small price on carbon, while Washington should “eliminate costly and ineffective carbon regulations and programs.”

September, 2011

Todd Myers, the Washington Policy Center’s Director of the Center for the Environment, released a book (published by the WPC) titled Eco-Fads: How The Rise Of Trendy Environmentalism Is Harming The Environment.” 

According to the WPC‘s description, “Eco-Fads exposes the pressures that cause politicians, businesses, the media and even scientists to fall for trendy environmental fads. It examines why we fall for such fads, even when we should know better. The desire to “be green” can cloud our judgment, causing us to place things that make us appear green ahead of actions that may be socially invisible yet environmentally responsible.” [19]

Myers promoted his book in an article in the Opinion section of The Seattle Times, titled “How the rise of trendy environmentalism is harming the planet.[20]

Eco Facts received praise from climate change skeptics in the media including Patrick Michaels in Forbes, (10/13/2011) and Sterling Burnett in National Review, (9/21/2011). [19]

July, 2011

Todd Myers, the Washington Policy Center’s Director of the Center for the Environment, issued a challenge to the Sightline Institute who had made a connection between current weather and climate change. [21]
“[W]e challenge Sightline to find one climate scientist at the UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences who says recent weather patterns (unusually hot in 2009 or unusually cold in 2011), are the result of anthropogenic climate change. I’ll give you until the end of the day on Tuesday to find someone,” Myers said. If I lose, I’ll send $50 to the charity of their choice. If I win, they send $50 to KIVA.ORG, to fund entrepreneurs in developing countries.”


WPC‘s Todd Myers was a speaker at the Heartland Institute’s First International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC1). At the conference, Myers stated that science is myoptic and scientists conflate science and policy. Further, Myers declared “scientists tend to overestimate their confidence in their assessment of risk.” [13]

To illustrate his point, Myers highlighted the work of the Puget Sound Action Team, which in 2005 claimed that “future sea level rise is likely to accelerate as a result of human-caused global warming, with changes likely in the range of 4-35 inches during the 21st century.” Myers then showed work done in 2008 by the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, which claimed the atmospheric contribution to sea-level rises in all areas would be 6 inches by 2100.  The evidence he uses does not show an overestimation; in fact it validates the claims of the Puget Sound Action Team as 6 inches falls within their estimation of 4-35 inches. [13]
In conclusion Myers stated the unintended consequences of implementing environmental public policy outweigh the positives done by the regulation itself. And, the last point on his power-point presentation is “David Suzuki is absurd and myopic.” [13]


The Washington Policy Center has repeatedly criticized building standards created by Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) as economically detrimental, environmentally harmful, and providing little energy savings. [22]


In the 2004 article, “A Responsible Approach to Climate Change,” the WPC said investing in climate change initiatives was an expensive and poor use of resources. [23]

They prescribed spending resources in programs designed to create wealth in the Developing World as the best way to deal with the issue of climate change and global warming. The reason, they explain, is  “wealth buffers adversity.”

Washington Policy Center Contact & Address

As of June 2016, the Washington Policy Center listed the following contact information on its website: [44]

Main Mailing Address
PO Box 3643
Seattle, WA  98124-3643
[email protected]
Seattle Office
3404 4th Ave S.
Seattle, WA  98134
p 206-937-9691 | f 206-624-8038

Olympia Office
711 Capitol Way South, Suite 505
Olympia, WA  98501
p 360-705-6543

Spokane Office
801 W. Riverside, Suite 100
Spokane, WA  99201
p 509-570-2384

Tri-Cities Office
2815 St. Andrews Loop, Suite F
Pasco, WA  99302
p 509-547-2234

Related Organizations

Civil Society Coalition on Climate Change (CSCCC)

The Washington Policy Center is a past member of the Civil Society Coalition on Climate Change (CSCCC). The CSCCC describes itself as an organization designed to educate the public about the science and economics of climate change. Note that the CSCCC website is no longer online, and it is unclear if the group is still in operation. [24]

State Policy Network (SPN)

The WPC is a member of the State Policy Network (SPN). The State Policy Network was formed in 1992. It’s mission is to improve the effectiveness of independent, market-oriented, state-focused think tanks, so that “they can educate the general public and policy makers in every state to embrace market-friendly policies that maximize liberty and opportunity. [25]

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

The Washington Policy Center (WPC) is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). SourceWatch documents connections between the Washington Policy Center and ALEC[26]

  • Daniel Mead Smith, President, represented WPC as the ALEC state co-chair of the state of Washington as of August 2011. 
  • Carl Gipson, director of WPC‘s Center for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, is a member of ALEC‘s Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force.
  • Jason Mercier, the Director of WPC‘s Center for Government Reform, is a member of ALEC‘s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force.
  • *Todd Myers represents WPC on ALEC‘s Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force.
  • ALEC is an associate member of the State Policy Network (SPN), along with the WPC.

*Todd Myers wrote a blog post for the National Center for Policy Analysis criticizing the Center for Media and Democracy’s “ALEC Exposed” project in August 2011.  [27]

Social Media


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  19. Eco-Fads,” Washington Policy Centre. Archived September 23, 2015. URL

  20. Todd Myers. “How the rise of trendy environmentalism is harming the planet,” The Seattle Times, September 5, 2011. URL

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