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WA legislators prepare for long list of climate change bills | Crosscut

WA legislators prepare for long list of climate change bills

Lawmakers could look at more than a dozen climate proposals addressing carbon reduction and other environmental issues.

More than a dozen climate change proposals are expected to come before the Washington Legislature in the session that began this week.

Gov. Jay Inslee is hoping to build on last spring’s passage of two major climate measures — a cap-and-trade program for industrial carbon emissions and a low-carbon fuel standard.

During the current session, the governor wants to trim carbon emissions from buildings, help smokestack industries compete with foreign corporations not facing Washington’s stricter carbon requirements, provide tax rebates for people buying electric vehicles, repair frayed relations with the state’s tribes, convert state ferries from diesel fuel to hybrid electric engines, revive a dormant aluminum smelter in Whatcom County with equipment that would decrease pollution and give some financial help to a potential solar panel manufacturing plant in Grant County.

The price tag for this wish list: $626 million. Inslee contended that he can find the money without raising taxes or fees.

“Climate change is a rapid tornado of damage going through Washington. … We’ve made progress, but we have not made enough progress,” Inslee said at a mid-December press conference outlining his budget proposals.

Washington’s leaders have blamed global warming for increased wildfires, problems with the state’s shellfish industry, a lack of water for farming and numerous health problems and other troubles.

The ranking Republican on the House Energy and Environment Committee argued that the governor’s proposals would not effectively address wildfires, flooding or drought.




Lawmakers could look at more than a dozen climate proposals addressing carbon reduction and other environmental issues.
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