From Jay Inslee, January 2018 Policy Brief
SECURING WASHINGTON’S CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE
Inslee’s proposal will cut emissions, promote clean energy and protect state from worsening fires, floods, droughts
Signs of climate change are all around us. In Washington state and along the West Coast, we are experiencing droughts, record heat, salmon die-offs in warmer streams, ocean acidification and extreme storms. We’ve endured wildfires so intense that they’ve wiped out entire neighborhoods, filling our skies and lungs with smoke and ash for days at a time.
Now is the time to join together in action and put a price on carbon pollution. Doing so will allow us to reinvest in the all the things that drive down emissions … and by doing these things, we can save our forests. We can help rural economies. We can protect our waterways.” – Gov. Jay Inslee
Combating climate change requires a united effort. Washington joined with 14 other states and territories to create the U.S. Climate Alliance after the Trump administration indicated its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The Climate Alliance — representing more 40 percent of the U.S. economy — has pledged to meet its share of carbon reduction targets, consistent with the Paris Agreement.
Gov. Jay Inslee is advancing a carbon pricing plan that will reduce emissions from fossil fuels in Washington, protect the state from the impacts of climate change and boost one of our fastest growing job sectors — clean energy.
Below are copies of the complete Brief in Word and PDF format.