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Legislature passes landmark bills to tackle climate change

Legislature passes landmark bills to tackle climate change

A landmark package of environmental bills has cleared both chambers of the Legislature and put the state on a path to dramatically reduce carbon emissions and air pollution, Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) said today. “Today we take aim at the moral, economic and social issue of our time — climate change,” said Carlyle, the chair of the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee and sponsor of the Climate Commitment Act. “Collectively, this environmental package represents an extraordinary step forward for the future of our grandchildren’s grandchildren that positions Washington as a national thought leader in the transition to a clean energy economy.” The Climate Commitment Act, or Senate Bill 5126, establishes a cap-and-invest system to steadily reduce carbon emissions within a ...

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About Reuven

Sen. Reuven Carlyle represents Washington’s 36th Legislative District (including the Northwest Seattle neighborhoods of South Lake Union, Belltown, Ballard, Queen Anne, Greenwood and Magnolia) in the State Senate. The district is home to the iconic Space Needle as well as the global headquarters of Amazon, Expedia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH and other organizations.

Reuven served in the state House of Representatives from 2009-2016 before being elected to the Senate. A passionate advocate for data-driven solutions, he served as chair of the House Finance Committee and as a budget writer, and passed sweeping legislation ensuring open transparency of the value of tax preferences.

Read Sen. Carlyle’s full biography here.

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Washington Passed its Cap-and-Trade Climate Legislation. Now What?

Washington Passed its Cap-and-Trade Climate Legislation. Now What?

SEATTLE—Washington state lawmakers have passed a sweeping set of environmental regulations meant to cut net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 while pumping billions of dollars into the state coffers and addressing environmental racism.
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The Seattle Times: Strike deal for infrastructure, environment and jobs

The Seattle Times: Strike deal for infrastructure, environment and jobs

By The Seattle Times editorial board

Difficult times such as these can present extraordinary opportunities. With vision and creativity, Washington lawmakers can tackle the state’s daunting transportation infrastructure and make headway on reducing carbon emissions. And they could help drive the ...

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Crosscut: Washington climate activists disagree about how to cut carbon

Crosscut: Washington climate activists disagree about how to cut carbon

Competing efforts to enact landmark climate change legislation have fractured the state’s environmental coalition and Olympia’s all-powerful Democratic caucus, with some activists arguing that the proposal pushed by Gov. Jay Inslee shortchanges minority and low-income communities.

Questions of equity and trust ...

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