The Governors of Washington and Oregon will travel to California on Monday to announce a new regional pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Premier of British Columbia will also be there.
The plan is expected to align emissions-cutting programs that are already underway in the region. British Columbia has put a tax on carbon. California has set up a cap and trade system. A group of western states launched a similar regional initiative in 2007. That fell apart a few years later. Governor Inslee acknowledges that winning bipartisan support for a plan to put a price on carbon emissions has been tough.
Inslee: “Do we have as much as we need right now? No. But that’s going to grow.”
Inslee will need to win over members of his own legislative climate work group, like Shelly Short. She’s a republican representative from Northeastern Washington who serves on the work group. She says more study is needed to find out how much a carbon tax or cap and trade system would cost Washington state.
Short: “If he wants to work on the regional basis I mean, more power to him. If I was asked to vote right now, I would say no.”
Details of the plan will be released on Monday afternoon.
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