Major Climate Progress in (the other) Washington

May 8, 2019

Yesterday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a series of bills that puts in place groundbreaking measures to reduce carbon emissions, decrease pollution, and increase public health. Specifically, the legislation signed yesterday includes a commitment to transition Washington to 100 percent clean and renewable electricity by 2045.

As our friends at Washington Environmental Council noted, the state’s landmark climate action this year is the result of many years of work and is the first significant legislative effort in reducing carbon emissions in over a decade. The suite of five policies includes a strong focus on boosting jobs and strengthening social equity, and demonstrates collective agreement around the growing urgency to address the economic, public health, and environmental impacts of climate change.

With yesterday’s signing, one in five U.S. residents now live in places that have committed to 100% clean power.