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Seattle Times by By Hal Bernton and Jim Brunner 5/8/2019

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a package of bills Tuesday to combat climate change headlined by legislation to rid Washington’s electric grid of fossil-fuel-generated power by 2045, a move that makes the state a leader in the national clean-power movement.

Other parts of the green agenda now embedded in state law create new conservation standards for energy use in large new buildings, require new efficiency standards for appliances and phase out “super pollutant” hydrofluorocarbons used as refrigerants.

“From this day forward, let the word go out: Washington state is leading in the effort to combat climate change … It’s been a long time coming,” said Inslee, who signed five bills in a park by the Rainier Vista housing development in South Seattle.

Even with these bills’ passage, Washington still is projected to fall short of the emission targets set by state law.

Inslee initially hoped his legislative agenda would meet that goal. But lawmakers did not approve a clean-fuels standard that would have required continuous reductions in carbon pollution from gasoline and other transportation fuels. That proposal was projected by the governor’s staff to account for 4.3 million of the 18-million-metric-ton reduction in state greenhouse-gas emissions needed to reach a 2035 target, according to the governor’s staff.

But, as a whole, the package is a substantial victory for Inslee, a longtime clean-energy evangelist who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on a platform of making climate-change defeat the federal government’s No. 1 priority.

During the bill signing, Inslee took a swipe at President Donald Trump, who has called climate change a hoax and recently claimed the sound from wind turbines causes cancer. “Wind turbines don’t cause cancer. They cause jobs,” Inslee said.


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What a moron.
Any political party that can't cough up anything better than a treacherous brain-damaged old vulture like Joe Biden deserves every beating it gets.

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I already know how this is going to turn out.  Washington will end up purchasing electricity from neighboring States - electricity from a grid generated from multiple sources.  Yet they will claim to be buying only the hydro or wind power from that state.  Algore did the same thing during the Bush years with his Tennessee mansion, claiming only to be buying the renewable power generated from a TVA grid having a vast majority of its production coming from coal.
If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.

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