Good news: our hard work—our advocacy, all of us together—paid off. Governor Inslee has rejected the state legislature’s nonsense proposal
to commit our public money to building another fossil fuel gas plant in Washington. At a signing session Friday afternoon, he vetoed that tax giveaway.
The simple truth is that we just don’t need to build more facilities to burn natural gas or any other fossil fuel. The governor’s office just last May released a new study that shows that for Washington to achieve deep carbon reduction, we must reduce dramatically our reliance on fossil fuel gas as an energy source. And we benefit from this commitment to clean energy--Washington’s electricity rates are already the second lowest in the country and we’re the largest producer of clean, renewable energy. We pay less for electricity because water, wind, and sun are free and abundant.
This isn’t the end of the story. Transalta could still plan to build this facility without tax dollars, but we have made it a little harder. If Transalta chooses to move forward, we’ll fight them on that too. For now, let's extend our thanks to Gov. Inslee
for doing the right thing!