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Wash. Gov. Inslee Sets Sights On Defeating Climate Change

EarthFix | Feb. 12, 2013 1:43 p.m.

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Governor Jay Inslee (right) joined Capitol Land Trust executive director Eric Erler at the conservation group's annual breakfast in Olympia.

Governor Jay Inslee (right) joined Capitol Land Trust executive director Eric Erler at the conservation group's annual breakfast in Olympia.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee made one of his first public appearances Tuesday since his January inauguration, telling a breakfast audience he and his statehouse colleagues want to defeat climate change.

“I’m here to say that while you are doing your great work preserving this raw land, I’m going to make sure that the state capitol and our legislature and the executive branch defeats climate change so we can protect these biological resources that we have.”

Inslee went on to say that climate change comes with real costs. He gave some examples:

One widely accepted approach to combatting climate change is to put a price on CO2 emissions – either in the form of a tax as British Columbia has imposed, or a cap-and-trade system, as California has adopted.

EarthFix asked the governor if the state would put a price or cap on carbon emissions during his administration.

“We don’t have any immediate plans for price or cost like that,” he responded, “but we do have plans to help businesses and residents get access to clean energy.”

Inslee said he’ll be focusing his efforts on promoting more research and development of clean energy.

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