Washington State Passes Legislation To Tackle Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By Ashley Ahearn

The Washington state legislature has just passed a bill that will come up with a strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The bill was introduced by request of Governor Jay Inslee.  Senate Bill 5802 passed with bipartisan support in the house. It passed in the senate earlier this month.

The new legislation requires that the state hire a contractor to come up with the best strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  That will involve studying what other states and provinces are doing to cut theirs.

Take British Columbia. Washington’s northern neighbor now taxes major emitters 30 dollars per ton of CO2.  Or consider California – that state recently launched a cap and trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The consultants will assess how effective these strategies were and see what might be the best way forward for Washington.

Senator Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island sponsored the bill.

Kevin Ranker: “This is the first necessary step for us to turn these ideas into action.”

The report from the consultants will also look at how limiting greenhouse gas emissions could affect consumers and businesses here in Washington.  The report is due in October.

[This story was first reported for EarthFix.]

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