By now, it’s clear to everybody that there’s a lack of support in the Washington State Legislature for the Governor’s complex and costly cap and trade proposal. Rather than let another year slip away without making further progress on policies designed to reduce carbon emissions, we hope the Governor and legislative leaders will seize the opportunity to lead.
Earlier this year, we laid out a number of high-level recommendations for addressing carbon reductions and followed that up with specific endorsements of bills we’d like to see enacted. We believe that any number of these proposals enjoy broad, bipartisan support and, if enacted, will result in meaningful reductions to carbon emissions.
Washington’s already low-carbon economy is getting cleaner. That is our clear trendline and much of it is due to the deployment of new technologies, more energy efficient homes and buildings, and low-carbon transportation options and energy generation. There’s an answer to our question about how we collectively reduce carbon emissions. It’s working together to build on this success by adopting new and better solutions for Washington families, farms, and employers. They hold the key to our state’s progress.
We urge leaders in both parties to find common ground on carbon reduction policies this year. Our coalition is ready to work with the Legislature to build support among a broad spectrum of stakeholders in order to make this happen. Kicking the can down the road is not the right solution when there are actions that can be taken now.