OLYMPIA (May 14, 2015) – Members of the Washington Climate Collaborative – a coalition of Washington workers, farmers and employers – testified today against Gov. Jay Inslee’s latest cap-and-trade tax plan. Despite supporters’ efforts to re- package a bill that can garner support in the Legislature, farmers and employers – large and small – told House Appropriations Committee members they oppose the new plan.
“We share the governor’s goal of reducing carbon emissions, but we have concerns on the focus on a single, government-run solution. This bill is very complex and sets up a challenging and complicated regulatory program,” said Tom Nelson of Sierra Pacific Industries. “With its focus on new bureaucracies, targeted rebates, and phase-in and phase-out periods, it picks winners and losers and still needs a lot of work. More importantly, it’s impossible to tell whether it will actually reduce carbon emissions.”
Sixteen witnesses who are affiliated with the Washington Climate Collaborative testified at today’s hearing in opposition to the latest cap-and-trade tax plan. They represented small businesses, farmers, foresters, and manufacturers.
“Washington emits little carbon compared with other states, and our emissions are lower today than they were in 1990,” said Terry Willis, a farmer from Grays Harbor County. “If the governor wants to drive down emissions even more, we stand ready to develop collaborative policies everybody can support.”
Washington Climate Collaborative is a coalition of Washington State workers, farmers and employers advocating for a reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions. Our mission is to keep Washington a great place to live, work, and play by protecting our environment and economy. Visit www.washingtonclimatecollaborative.org for more information.