The Washington state legislature has just passed a bill that will develop a strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Senate Bill 5802 was introduced at the request of Governor Jay Inslee and has now passed with bipartisan support in the house and senate.
The bill requires that the state hire a contractor to come up with the best strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That will involve studying what other states and provinces are doing to cut theirs.
For example, British Columbia has put a tax on major emitters of $30 per ton of CO2. And California has recently launched a cap and trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The consultants will assess how effective these and other strategies are and then recommend the best way forward for Washington.
“This is the first necessary step for us to turn these ideas into action,” said Senator Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island, a sponsor of the bill.
The consultants will also study how limiting greenhouse gas emissions could affect consumers and businesses here in Washington.
The report is due to be delivered to Gov. Inslee in October.