Washington State has made important progress on climate with the passage of 100% clean electricity, Clean Fuel Standard, Climate Commitment Act, enshrining environmental justice into law, and establishing energy efficiency standards for commercial buildings statewide. Every day local jurisdictions are making progress on addressing building emissions. But there is more to do to take urgent action to reduce our carbon pollution and meet our statutory climate goals. The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is clear: we must continue to take bold actions to address the climate crisis and to avert mounting catastrophic and deadly impacts. We are already seeing climate impacts in Washington, including hotter temperatures, more frequent and fiercer wildfires, and intense flooding. The Washington Legislature must continue to accelerate big solutions to the climate crisis for our health, our climate, and our future. 

Read more about our 2022 legislative priorities.

Buildings

Buildings are the fastest-growing source of emissions in Washington, which is largely attributable to the use of fossil gas for space and water heating and cooking.  If our homes and buildings were carbon-free and energy efficient, we would significantly reduce our climate pollution, drastically cut energy costs for owners and renters, and improve air quality where we live and work. Combusting fossil gas also poses significant health risks for our communities, children, and other vulnerable populations. In addition, where and how we build matters and planning should be consistent with our state’s climate goals. Washington needs policies to move towards 100% clean, all-electric buildings that will keep residents safe and healthy.

HB 1767 SB 5666 | Targeted Electrification

The targeted electrification incentive bill will clarify that public utilities can create electrification programs, allowing them to provide incentives for customers to buy efficient heat pumps. 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

We all want clean, affordable, accessible, safe and efficient ways to get around. Research from Climate Solutions shows the best way to decarbonize transportation requires both electrification of nearly all vehicles on the road and reducing the need for personal vehicles through transit expansion, efficient land use policy, safe bicycle and pedestrian networks, and more. The climate agenda for the 2022 session will set Washington on a path to achieving this future by building on the success of the Clean Fuel Standard. 

Air Quality Surcharge

(AQS) is a progressive and flexible source of revenue that would only impact a small number of Washingtonians who tend to be in the top income quintile. The AQS charge would vary based on a vehicle’s estimated lifetime greenhouse gas pollution, thereby incentivizing cleaner vehicle purchases in addition to providing much-needed multimodal funding.

HB 1099 | Growth Management Act (WA Can't Wait Campaign)

The Growth Management Act should be updated to reflect climate change, housing affordability, and issues of environmental justice and ensure our long-range planning leads to reduced climate pollution, more resilient communities, and adequate affordable housing. This must happen in the 2022 legislative session, before cities and counties embark on updating their next comprehensive plan, to ensure those plans include considerations for climate change, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and consistency with the state energy strategy and climate goals. 

Cross sector

We can have a thriving, equitable Northwest, powered by clean energy and we can lead and inspire the transition to sustainable prosperity across the nation and beyond. The fossil fuel industry’s resistance to innovation and progress toward a clean energy future means that we need a broad and committed movement to accelerate clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. With Washington’s natural resources, historic clean energy achievements, technology leadership, and emphasis on sustainable prosperity make our region a natural leader in the transition to a clean energy future.

HB 1682 | Finishing the Job on the Climate Commitment Act

2021’s passage of the Climate Commitment Act (CCA) will herald a new more sustainable economy for our state, but a number of topics remain unfinished that need to be addressed in 2022 including restoring tribal consent for projects funded with carbon dollars, a long term trajectory for Energy-Intensive Trade-Exposed (EITE) that protects the integrity of the cap and ensures that all sectors—including industry—do their fair share, and developing a program to address the annual 2.7 million tons of climate pollution from landfill emissions.

HB 1812 | Improve Clean Energy Siting

We need to replace our expansive fossil fuel infrastructure—oil refineries, natural gas power plants, and more—with new clean replacements and improved siting laws: clean manufacturing, green hydrogen production, renewable energy generation, new transmission capacity, biofuel refining and more. This includes clarity for project proponents around the state’s expectations, certainty and predictability around review timeline, and more.

HB 1799 | SB 5371 Organics Management

To reduce methane emissions from landfills we need to set a statewide target for diversion of organic material from the landfill/incinerator stream and a separate target for edible food diversion to food rescue groups. Legislation will also reclaim usable food from the waste stream and help provide it to those most in need.

SB 5659 | Buy Clean, Buy Fair

Buy Clean policies, such as the policy passed in California in 2017, mandate that emissions from certain materials be documented and considered when contracting for state-funded infrastructure projects. Adding a Buy Fair element requires contractors and subcontractors to report on domestic labor law compliance in the countries where they produce goods and services, incentivizing clean and fair manufacturing. In 2022, Climate Solutions and partners will prioritize a bill that requires disclosure of embodied carbon (carbon associated with a product’s manufacture) and labor practices to help the state understand its procurement practices, and consider procurement requirements in future sessions.

Washington State Government

Green investment surging; rethinking weatherization

by Seth Zuckerman on June 29, 2015

Oil drilling suspended in Canadian Arctic, clean fuel rule survives challenge in Oregon, New York State sets higher climate targets, and more news of…

A last chance for clean fuels and public transit

by Alex Epstein on June 29, 2015

Yesterday's agreement on Washington's transportation budget allowed a "poison pill" to stand, pitting transit funding against a clean fuels standard…

WA Legislature must stand up to pressure from Big Oil

by Climate Solutions on June 29, 2015

Undue influence from the oil industry is putting Washington’s health, climate, safety, and communities at risk. A diverse coalition is asking the…

WA Legislature should stand up to pressure from Big Oil

by Climate Solutions on June 27, 2015

A diverse coalition is calling on the State Legislature to stand up to the undue influence of the oil industry that is putting Washington’s health,…

Clean fuels or better transit? A false choice for Washington

by Ross Macfarlane on June 22, 2015

The oil industry doesn't like competition. That's why their lobbyists are working around the clock to stop Governor Inslee from adopting a Clean…

Clean fuels help kids breathe easier, who’s opposed to that?

by Ben Serrurier on June 3, 2015

Washington prides itself on our dense forests, clean water, and sweet air. But dirty petroleum fuels are fouling our future; our asthma rate is…

Say no to public funding for coal export

by Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky on May 20, 2015

Last month Washington State climate activists spoke out to stop an $85 million coal export project that would be funded with tax dollars. But now,…

US pledges carbon cuts while CA shrivels in drought

by Seth Zuckerman on April 6, 2015

New solar and wind employment outpaces coal industry’s job losses, Ontario opts for cap-and-trade, yeast from sake-making may boost biofuels, and…

Mexico, Norway pledge cuts in run-up to Paris talks

by Seth Zuckerman on March 30, 2015

U.S. coal sector in ‘structural decline,’ sea level rise could pop $1.4 trillion real estate bubble, UK climate emissions drop 8 percent, and more…

The Washington State House budget needs climate action

by Jessica Finn Coven on March 28, 2015

Our state budget should hold emitters accountable and invest in Washington communities. Our state budget should include the Carbon Pollution…

SB 5735: This bad bill is no win for the climate

by Ben Serrurier on March 18, 2015

Climate and clean energy debates in Olympia this year are focused on two different proposals, but only one that addresses the climate problem. One,…

Climate Change Success: Prospects and Impediments

by Jeremy Erdman on March 4, 2015

On Thursday, March 26,  Ken Kimmell, will outline the current state of climate change as well as the prospects and impediments for success. Kimmell…

CityClub March Civic Cocktail

by Jeremy Erdman on February 27, 2015

This month's Civic Cocktail will feature special guest Mayor Ed Murray as well as a panel of experts discussing Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed energy-…

Weak winter harms Northwest economies and workers

by Ross Macfarlane on February 13, 2015

The future of Winter demands climate action now.

Clean Fuel plan offers WA a triple win for climate, health and prosperity

by Ben Serrurier on February 5, 2015

Washington's Department of Ecology issued a draft Clean Fuel Standard this week. If a program here mirrors successes in other states, it will be a…

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