News Release | Environment Washington

Trump administration’s replacement to Clean Power Plan sends U.S. in the wrong direction on climate change

The Trump administration announced on June 19, 2019 its rule to replace the Clean Power Plan, which was put into place in 2015. The Clean Power Plan was set to cut carbon pollution from the electric power sector by 32 percent by 2030. At a time when even steeper cuts are necessary to avert the worst impacts of climate change, this new replacement plan is expected to slow the power sector’s transition to clean, renewable energy and could lead to an increase in emissions from nearly 30 percent of coal plants. 

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Statement on Congress voting for Climate Action Now Act:

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 9 “The Climate Action Now” Act on May 2nd by a margin of 231 to 190. This climate bill, the first to receive a vote by the body in a decade, would keep the United States in the Paris Agreement by defunding any effort to withdraw and requiring the Trump administration to submit a plan to meet the U.S. commitment to reduce carbon emissions below 2005 levels by 26 percent to 28 percent by 2032.

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Washington Representatives Tackle Air, Carbon Emissions from Buildings

On Friday, March 29th, the Washington State House of Representatives passed HB 1257, which would create a nation-leading performance standard for large commercial buildings in order to reduce energy use, as well as unhealthy and unnecessary air pollution. Incentives would be provided for building owners to retrofit their properties to address rapidly rising emissions from buildings.

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House Environment Committee passes bill to increase energy-saving standards for common products

On February 7, 2019, the House Environment Committee passed HB 1444, which would adopt appliance efficiency standards on 17 consumer products, including commercial dishwashers, commercial fryers, water coolers and faucets. The new standards would reduce customers’ utility bills, cut climate altering carbon dioxide pollution and smog forming emissions, and save water resources. Following is the statement of Environment Washington Director Bruce Speight.

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Environment Washington, NW Energy Coalition urge state legislators to adopt energy-saving standards for common products

Environment Washington joined environmental and consumer allies to press the Washington legislature to adopt appliance efficiency standards (SB 5115/HB 1444) on 17 consumer products, including commercial dishwashers, commercial fryers, water coolers and faucets. The new standards would reduce customers’ utility bills, cut climate altering carbon dioxide pollution and smog forming emissions, and save water resources.

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Environment Washington laments feds’ decision to repeal Clean Car Standards

On August 2nd, the Trump administration announced new vehicle emission guidelines which roll back the existing Clean Car Standards. This regressive move will get rid of our nation’s best climate change mitigation program, which is cutting future carbon emissions more effectively than any other current federal policy. Preliminary calculations indicate this move could increase global warming emissions by 2.2. billion metric tons. This action betrays the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)’s stated mission of protecting human health and the environment. Trump officials are also considering rejecting a waiver that has allowed California and 12 other states, including Washington, to adopt standards that are more protective of health and the environment.

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Tax Bill Threatens America’s Environment

Today, the House of Representatives is voting on a tax bill that would open America’s unspoiled Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling and maintain billions in tax breaks for fossil fuel producers.

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Trump administration announces repeal of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

On Monday, October 9, the Trump administration announced that it plans to repeal the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, our best climate program to limit carbon pollution from dirty power plants. Environment Washington Director Bruce Speight released the following statement in response.

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Hotter Summers Coming to Washington

Environment Washington marked the first day of summer by urging leaders at all levels of government to tackle climate change. According to scientists at Climate Central, global warming pollution will fuel even hotter summers in the future. Summer temperatures in Washington are already 1.1 degrees hotter now, on average, than in the 1970s. Without action to eliminate global warming pollution, summer temperatures here in Washington could rise by 10.75 degrees by the end of the century. That would make summer days in Seattle feel more like they do now in Placentia, CA.

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