December 17, 2020
Washington Governor Jay Inslee this week outlined his climate policy package for the 2021–2023 biennium. Inslee’s legislative and budget proposals would create a comprehensive climate program to ensure the state meets its climate goals.
Inslee says, “Climate change is a health issue, an economic issue and an equity issue. We must address these very real threats to our state, and we cannot wait. The time to act is now. These proposals would reduce nearly 30 million metric tons of emissions by 2030 — a 35% reduction from current projections. And these standards and investments — with justice at their core — will grow clean energy jobs in Washington.”
The climate goals outlined this week included:
– Require new buildings to be carbon free by 2030 and eliminate fossil fuels from existing buildings by 2050.
– Invest $428 million in clean transportation, clean buildings and clean energy projects.
– Cap statewide greenhouse gas emissions and invest in clean energy, transportation and climate resilience programs, and fund part of the Working Families Tax Credit.
– Establish a clean fuel standard and reduce transportation emissions through electrification.
– Require an environmental justice assessment for all climate related investments and create an Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Panel to analyze how climate investments impact communities most affected by climate change.
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