Bill Would Align State Climate Benchmarks with Paris Accords

A new bill in Olympia could have Washington adopt the goals of the Paris climate-change agreement that President Trump recently pulled the U.S. out of.  Dan Frizzell has that story in this audio report produced by the Washington State House Democratic Caucus.

“This is for our kids, and for their future.”

That’s Washington state Representative Vandana Slatter.  The Bellevue Democrat just introduced legislation that would align the state’s greenhouse gas emission limits with those established under the 2015 Paris climate agreement. That’s the accord signed by 195 of the 197 potential signatories, with only Syria and Nicaragua refusing to join. The number dropped to 194 earlier this month when Trump canceled America’s participation.

“There’s a reason why 195 countries signed onto this.  We all share the same wish for our children and cherish that. We are a leader in environmental policy.  We’re also a global community.  This bill allows Washington state to remain a part of that community.”

It’s unusual for bills to be introduced in late June, long after lawmakers normally would have adjourned for the year.  Slatter was able to put her legislation into the pipeline because Wednesday was day one of a new special session, as lawmakers attempt to hammer out a state budget. Her climate bill has been referred to the House Environment Committee. In Olympia, I’m Dan Frizzell.