Tag Archives: carbon

Farm concerns fuel dissent to low-carbon gas, diesel in Washington

From the Capital Press Agriculture figured prominently in a long debate in the House this week on whether to mandate more biofuels in gasoline and diesel fuel to resist climate change. After 3 1/2 hours of debate, House Democrats passed a bill Tuesday directing the Department of Ecology to implement a low-carbon fuels program, similar to those in Oregon and ... Read More »

Lawmakers propose carbon fee as part of $17 billion package

From the Capital Press Washington lawmakers have proposed a carbon fee as part of a transportation funding package, the third major attempt at limiting the atmosphere-warming gas through such a policy since 2018. If passed the measure would be the first of its kind in the nation, but similar proposals in the state have failed even as scientists have ratcheted ... Read More »

Inslee expects Legislature to give climate-change agenda warm reception

From the Capital Press A climate-change agenda outlined Monday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee calls for banning coal by 2025, mandating reductions in vehicle emissions and spending millions on energy-efficient buildings and to subsidize electric vehicles. The package does not not include a fee on greenhouse gases. Speaking at a press conference in Seattle, Inslee didn’t rule out a carbon ... Read More »

WAWG joins coalition opposed to carbon initiative

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) has joined The NO on 1631 Coalition, which opposes Initiative 1631, the Carbon Emission Fee Measure. I-1631 would enact a carbon emissions fee of $15 per metric ton of carbon on certain large emitters beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Each year, that fee would increase by $2 until the state’s 2035 greenhouse gas reduction ... Read More »

Legislative report 03/06: Carbon tax ballot measure filed

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist This Thursday is the last scheduled day of the legislative session. Unlike recent years, there is no talk of a special session. Another important legislative deadline occurred last week, in which all bills must have passed out of both chambers to remain “alive”, unless they are deemed necessary to implement the budget. Over the next ... Read More »

Carbon tax calls for refashioning rural Washington

From the Capital Press A carbon tax bill in the Washington Senate seeks to shelter farmers from higher fuel costs and calls for investing in rural economies with electric vehicles, public transit and a faster internet to encourage telecommuting. Farm groups and rural Republican legislators, however, have not warmed to the bill. Farm groups say they’re worried about increasing off-farm ... Read More »