Ericksen’s bill would prohibit state agency from setting carbon cap – AP

So here’s another bill brought to you by the oil lobby of Washington State. Doing all they can to stand in the way of any constructive proposals to slow climate change. Oh by the way, the NY Times reports today that 2015 was the warmest year on record, by a lot. Remember this in November as you decide who you are going to vote for in the election.

A new bill takes aim at Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon policies by prohibiting state regulators from adopting rules that limit greenhouse gas emissions without legislative direction. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, targets the Democratic governor’s ability to take executive action on the issue. After failing to get legislation passed on his cap-and-trade plan last year, Inslee directed the Department of Ecology to limit carbon pollution using its existing authority under state law. This month, Ecology proposed a draft rule requiring Washington’s largest industrial emitters to reduce carbon emissions by 5 percent every three years. (Associated Press)

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