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Jan. 18, 2011 at 5:06pm

Discussion: Are Washington state's environmental efforts falling behind California's?

Thursday night marked the first real social event of the year for Seattle's sustainability types and progressive policy geeks - the Joseph Vance Building open house. The downtown office building houses more than two dozen environmental research institutes, advocacy groups and like-minded businesses and most of them were serving free beer, wine, and food at the annual event.

After a damp, chilly week, that was enough to draw plenty of visitors out of the darkness to crowd into 14 floors of offices, hallways, and stairwells. Even idealists need to socialize, so there was a lot more flirting and gossiping than, say, strategizing about saving the earth.

But when folks were discussing policy and politics, a distinct pattern emerged. They talked about energy progress in California. And, with less enthusiasm, about the new leadership in Congress. But Washington state got much less attention, as if no one expected much progress to come out of the statehouse this year, as if they'd already acknowledged that the action was happening elsewhere.

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