On Tuesday, January 27 House Bill 1314 was was introduced by Rep. Fitzgibbons, D-Burien. Many passionate Washingtonians came out to have their say on the controversial cap-and-trade plan. So many in fact, that a second day of testimony was added to ensure all who were interested could share their views. If you missed it, you can watch the full testimony here.
The Collaborative worked to make sure that our voice was heard. Our message was loud and clear:
1. We want to keep the environment clean. We live here, we work here, we play here, too.
2. Washington is one of the cleanest states in the nation. Farmers, food processors, engineering firms, lumber companies, utilities, government agencies and families have all worked hard to reduce our carbon emissions, which now makes us the 7th lowest carbon-emitting state based on GDP.
3. While we will continue to strive to be the cleanest state in the nation, a punitive cap-and-trade plan is not the way to move forward. It doesn’t have a track record of success in other regions.
It’s not enough to just point out what’s wrong with the Governor’s proposal, though. We have a plan, one that will take all of us working together. We hope you read it. Share it. And, let us know what you think in the comments.