Happy New Year! One of my new year’s resolutions is to ensure climate action and I’m guessing you feel the same way.
Yes, we made some great progress in 2021 on climate, but there is still so much more to do to meet WA’s statutory climate goals, and most importantly, respect our Earth’s climate boundaries. We are already seeing and experiencing climate impacts in Washington, including hotter temperatures, more frequent and fiercer wildfires, and intense flooding. (My family was personally very impacted by the November extreme weather and subsequent flooding.)
Today is the first day of the 2022 legislative session, let’s raise our voices together to amplify the urgency of prioritizing these bills that help clean our air and protect our climate.
Stay tuned as we track key climate bills and offer timely opportunities to weigh in with our elected leaders. Today we’ll focus on urging them to champion and support the following bills:
Targeted Electrification Incentives, HB 1767 SB 5666—to clarify that public utilities can create electrification programs, allowing them to provide incentives for customers to buy efficient heat pumps and other electric appliances. Utility electrification programs will improve customer choice, lower the cost of efficient all-electric technologies, and level the playing field between private and public utilities. These programs are beneficial to both the utility and the utility’s customers, so it’s a win-win.
Transportation Investments & Revenue—Washington State must adequately fund clean transportation options, including transit. The legislature should pursue new sources of transportation revenue—like the Air Quality Surcharge—that are progressive, climate-forward, and flexible in how they can be spent. Investments should prioritize multimodal solutions, heavy-duty vehicle electrification, and electrification options for low-income communities.
We have a very small window to accelerate big solutions to the climate crisis for our health, our climate, and our future.