Where things stand now

REPOST from 1Sky

While things remain up in the air in Olympia, we wanted to take a moment to update you on where things stand with the Governor’s climate change bill. As you know, SB 5735/HB1819 were originally introduced as Governor’s request legislation and were one of this year’s four Environmental Priorities, called Cap and Invest.

The original legislation would have put our state on a firm path to meet our global warming pollution reduction goals and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Unfortunately, there are those in Olympia who seem to think that fossil fuel dependence is good for our economy and they worked tirelessly to protect the status quo and oppose the Governor’s bill.

Despite the best efforts from the Governor and our allies in the progressive and business communities, we were unable to protect the original intent of the bill to adopt a “cap and invest” program for Washington.

With all this bad news, there might just be a glimmer of hope. As described in her Tuesday op-ed in the Seattle Times Governor Gregoire continues to show strong leadership on this issue and is trying to bring together legislation that would keep the state moving forward on climate action.

We are working hard to help support the Governor in developing a meaningful bill. Such a bill would continue Washington’s participation in the Western Climate Initiative, provide transportation choices for people to get out of traffic, and transition Washington away from coal dependence while strengthening the economy of Lewis County.

Over the next week we should know if this bill will come together. If it does, we will be back in touch asking you to help us advocate for it!

We remain committed to implementing a firm limit on global warming pollution in our state and we will not let the Legislature’s short-sightedness on this issue stop our efforts to protect Washington’s future. We’ll be back in touch soon about how we can continue to work for economy-wide emissions reductions.

Thanks for all your support and for all that you do,

Joelle, 1Sky Washington organizer

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