No clean energy rollbacks!

Washington State's most effective climate law is under attack.

Are you getting tired of continual efforts to undermine the state’s incredibly successful clean energy law, Initiative 937? Well, here they come again. The Washington State Senate is about to vote on a slew of bills to slash the clean energy standards and roll back nearly a decade of progress.

Tell your state senator to protect clean energy and climate progress and vote NO on clean energy rollbacks in the senate!

Passed by the people (ie. YOU!) in 2006, I-937 has ushered in a renewable energy boom. Washington has received over $8 billion in clean energy investments, creating thousands of jobs and generating nearly $150 million in public tax revenue, especially in rural areas. It has pushed utilities to all-time-record energy efficiency accomplishments, saving money for families and businesses. And, I-937 remains the most effective law Washington has on the books for cutting carbon pollution.

Tell your senator to oppose these tired and repetitive attacks on clean energy. Stand with the people of Washington state in supporting our clean energy economy!

Despite all this success, some senators want to allow power sources that aren’t renewable – such as natural gas and nuclear – to water down the ways utilities can meet the renewable energy standard. These senators want to give credit for pre-existing projects, or for improvements that would have been or should be made regardless of the law. Others would make the standard meaningless by counting all existing hydropower. All these attacks on I-937 would thwart the voters’ intent to diversify and build on our renewable energy base.

Author Bio

Jessica Finn Coven

former Washington State Director, Climate Solutions

Jessica Finn Coven is Director of the City of Seattle's Office of Sustainability & Environment.

Jessica previously served as the Washington State Director of Climate Solutions where her work focused on developing legislative and policy strategies to reduce global warming pollution and grow an equitable clean-energy economy in Washington State. Jessica first joined Climate Solutions in 2007 as a policy specialist and worked to further clean energy policy in Washington through the state’s Energy Independence Act, Climate Action and Green Jobs law and others.

Jessica also worked as the program director for the U.S. Climate Action Network. From 2002- 2005, she was a global warming campaigner for Greenpeace in Washington DC. She also spent several months working in Beijing as a policy advisor for Greenpeace China.

Jessica received her MA in economics and energy policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and her BA in Mandarin from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Jessica currently sits on the board of Washington Conservation Voters. She lives in Seattle with her husband, young son and old dog.

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