This morning the Washington State Department of Ecology announced that they are postponing their process on the Clean Air Rule to incorporate feedback they have heard from a variety of stakeholders including climate, health, and clean energy advocates. Since they plan to now make significant changes given that feedback, they are required to withdraw the proposed rule and reissue a new draft.
We think this is a great opportunity to make the Clean Air Rule stronger, and we support Governor Inslee and the Dept. of Ecology’s thoughtful approach to this important challenge. A strong carbon rule has the opportunity to accelerate Washington’s transition to a clean, sustainable economy. Done well, it will drive real job creation while improving public health outcomes for communities that live near sources of pollution such as highways and smokestacks. This would be an important step for Washington, and making sure the rule is a strong as possible matters.
Additions like an aggregate, economy-wide cap would ensure that reductions from all sectors of the economy are real and permanent. Carefully limiting the use of carbon offsets would make sure that the rule drives private investments that meaningfully slow climate change by making actual cuts to pollution.
We stand ready to roll up our sleeves with Governor Inslee and the Department of Ecology and the public on a Clean Air Rule that supports our economy, protects individual and public health, and speeds adoption of clean technologies.