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A Big, Green Plan for the Evergreen State

January 15, 2008

Seattle, WA – Gov. Gregoire is asking the Legislature to put some muscle behind the state's campaign to kick our fossil fuel addiction. She has unveiled a "Climate Action and Green Jobs" bill that would adopt clear limits on global warming pollution. It also would accelerate investment in clean energy and the so-called "green-collar jobs" that come with it.

K.C. Golden, of Climate Solutions, says Washington has figured it out: Reducing fossil fuel dependency has become an economic necessity.

"The alternative is to just keep doing what we're doing, with higher fossil fuel prices, more economic and military insecurity and more damaging climate change. All of those things are very, very bad for business."

Golden says there may be some debate in Olympia about exactly how to accomplish the bill's goals, but he doesn't expect much pushback from lawmakers, not if they're listening to citizens' complaints about higher energy costs and global warming.

"People want real, serious solutions, and I think that's going to play out in the Legislature. I don't think elected officials are going to want to be on the wrong side of this issue."

Golden says with the federal government dragging its feet on the climate change issue, states have had to make their own policies. The ideas in the bill were generated by a Governor's Climate Advisory Team, which has been meeting for almost a year. Golden is a member of that group.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WA