Gov. Inslee’s 2015 climate legislation will help Washington to continue our transition to energy independence, reduce carbon pollution and meet established greenhouse gas limits. In 2008 Washington established goals to limit carbon emissions and these goals have not been met. Carbon pollution in our state has impacts on the economy and health of our citizens. There has been an increase in forest fires, flooding and even asthma.
Gov. Inslee proposes a cap and trade program which would set limits on greenhouse gases from the top 130 polluting facilities. These facilities would have to pay for permits The funds generated could be focused on priority areas including education, transportation and affordable housing. I support this legislation because it is not only and opportunity for us to improve air quality, but also to improve the quality of life of all our citizens.