Monique Trudnowski’s recent Viewpoint (TNT, 4-26) criticizing Gov. Jay Inslee’s cap-and-trade plan is misleading. Although the Legislature passed a law requiring greenhouse gas emissions to come down to 1990 levels by 2020, it didn’t provide a way to enforce that limit. We’re not currently on track to meet it.
Inslee’s proposal would enforce the law by requiring the biggest emitters to cut carbon pollution using innovative market-based solutions and clean energy.
As president of Tahoma Audubon, I’ve seen the studies showing that half of our species of birds are threatened by climate change. We need to act now.
Transportation is our leading source of pollution. Consumers want cleaner ways to power our vehicles and better ways to get around without our cars. But the state Senate’s proposed transportation plan includes a poison pill that would force a choice between cleaner fuels for our cars or more funding for transit. We need both.
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(Wang is a former state representative.)