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Washington Governor Pushes For Carbon Emission Study

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants an independent work group to figure out how the state can meet lower greenhouse gas emission standards set in 2008.

The Democratic governor testified Tuesday before a House committee in Olympia. He said the state of Washington has not yet developed specific plans for its citizens to reduce their carbon footprint.

Alexandra Kocik / Northwest News Network
Northwest News Network

“We have given them a goal. We have given them a promise. We have not given them the tools to do the job.”

Under the proposal, a non-partisan study group would have until Oct. 15 to present findings and recommendations to lawmakers.

A member of the Association of Washington Business testified against the bill. Brandon Houskeeper said the state already has strict environmental regulations and new ones could be costly for businesses.

On the Web:

HB 1915: Limitations to greenhouse gas emissions - Washington Legislature

SB 5802: Achieving greenhouse gas emissions targetsWashington Legislature

Current efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions in Washington - Washington Dept. of Ecology

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Alexandra Kocik
Alexandra Kocik