California has the eighth-largest economy in the world, with gross domestic domestic product of $2.2 trillion in 2013. It had 483.3 million metric tons of carbon emissions statewide, but its cap-and-trade program, which forces polluters to pay to emit, is estimated to generate $850 million in 2014-15.
Consider the political oddity that is the electric vehicle sales tax exemption: Unless the Legislature acts this year, it expires July 1. A bipartisan group of legislators, known collectively as the electric vehicle caucus, has teamed up to extend it, which is something Gov. Jay Inslee is also pushing for.
Policies to combat climate change are running on parallel tracks between Olympia and Seattle currently, as Gov. Jay Inslee is spearheading an effort to get the Legislature to adopt a cap-and-trade program this session. An outside group, Carbon WA, is gearing up for a signature gathering drive to put a revenue-neutral carbon tax on the
As with each legislative session, the Coalition has selected priority issues for 2015 that are important to protecting our state for future generations: making big industries pay for their pollution in order to reduce emissions that harm our health and environment, and protecting our communities and waterways from the risks of increased oil transport.