Talk about being out of step with the rest of the world! Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, is sponsoring Senate bill 6173 that would block “state regulators from adopting rules that limit greenhouse gas emissions without legislative direction.” Ericksen claims that any policies limiting carbon emissions would effect Washington’s business climate and “sends a bad message to job creators and would hurt working families.” A New York Times editorial Jan. 19 claims otherwise. “....the energy policies adopted by some American states and Canadian provinces demonstrate that those arguments are simply unfounded.” The article further states that over 40 nations, British Columbia, Quebec, California and nine other states have rules taxing carbon emissions without hurting their economies.
What makes Ericksen think otherwise? What are his claims based on? What are his motives? I believe it is time for Washington to join the rest of the world in its quest for a cleaner future,“cleaner” jobs, safer air, water and soil and better human health. It is all possible — China has made an announcement that it will be instituting a national cap-and-trade policy. Join the movement, Sen. Ericksen and stop being an obstructionist.
Contact Senator Ericksen to let him know that you want Washington to be in step with the rest of the world.
Naomi Murphy, Ferndale
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