The potential impacts of global warming dwarf those of other environmental threats
Nov. 1, 2013
Governor Jay Inslee was appointed to President Barack Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. See Gov. Inslee's statement.
Oct. 4, 2013
Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup
The Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup, which includes Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Doug Ericksen (42nd District), Senator Kevin Ranker (40th District), Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (34th District), and Representative Shelly Short (7th District) is hosting two public hearings to hear the public’s views on approaches to reducing Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Workgroup was created under Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5802 (E2SSB 5802) during the 2013 Regular Session.
The Workgroup is charged, under E2SSB 5802, with recommending a state program of actions and policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, that if implemented would ensure achievement of the state’s emissions reductions limits set in statute by the 2008 legislature. The Workgroup is seeking the public’s comments verbally or written via comment cards, which will be provided at the public hearings. Please come at least one hour before the scheduled time for the hearing if you plan to speak.
Written comments after the hearings will be accepted until October 30, 2013. Comments can be sent via email to: email@example.com.
The public hearings are scheduled:
A third public hearing is scheduled to seek specific comments on the Workgroup draft report:
Washington State is particularly vulnerable to a warming climate — especially our snow-fed water supplies that provide our drinking water, irrigation for agriculture — and nearly three-fourths of the electrical power we produce. Close to 40 communities — including some of the state’s largest population centers along our 2,300 miles of shoreline are threatened by rising sea levels. Ocean acidification, which is created when carbon dioxide reacts with seawater and reduces the water’s pH, threatens our abundant shellfish.
Our state and societies around the globe need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avoid worsening climate impacts and reduce the risk of creating changes beyond our ability to respond and adapt. Washington State is addressing this challenge and has adopted policies to reduce energy use, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and build a clean energy economy.
Washington is also taking steps to reduce the risks to our communities, economy, and environment from changes in climate - and impacts to our state - that are unavoidable, even if we reduce greenhouse gas emission today.
POLICY FRAMEWORK - Washington State Climate Policy Laws and Executive Orders
Climate Legislative & Executive Workgroup - recommend a state program of actions and policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
From workshops held in November 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Sept 27, 2013: Humans almost certainly cause global warming, scientific panel says (Washington Post)
Sept 27, 2013: U.N. panel says it's "extremely likely" climate change is predominantly man-made (CBS news)
March 6, 2013: Inslee: 'We need to move' on climate (The Olympian)
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