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Getting a CLEW on Climate

Posted by Bobby Hayden at Sep 17, 2013 08:00 AM |

Pop quiz: what was the first bill that Governor Inslee signed into law as governor? The Climate Action bill. No other governor has made climate action such a priority, and it’s now our turn to support that leadership.

Getting a CLEW on Climate

Ben Serrurier, Program Associate

By Ben Serrurier
Climate Solutions

This is Part 1 of a series on the Climate Workgroup in Washington. View Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4.

Pop quiz: what was the first bill that Governor Inslee signed into law as governor? The Climate Action bill. No other governor has made climate action such a priority, and it’s now our turn to support that leadership.

The purpose of the bill is to put Washington State securely on track to meet the greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets established by the legislature back in 2009. Now, over the next four months we have a chance to look at the most effective policies for cutting carbon emissions and growing the economy in Washington. We’re on our way to climate action in Washington, and this is a critical step. The best part is that every Washingtonian now has an opportunity to share their wish for climate action directly to Governor Jay Inslee.

But how exactly will this work and how can you make sure your voice is heard?

WA State Capitol - Olympia

Washington's State Capitol in Olympia via Jon Connell on Flickr

The effort is directed by a bipartisan, five-member workgroup (officially called the Climate Legislative Executive Workgroup, or “CLEW”): four legislators representing each party from House and the Senate plus Governor Inslee. The legislative workgroup will issue their recommendations for how Washington will act cut carbon pollution, but before they do, they need to hear from you about what kind of climate action you want to see (we want to see to the big, meaningful, audacious kind of action, not small potatoes).

The legislators, along with Governor Inslee, will hold public hearings in Seattle, Spokane, and Olympia to hear what you think about stopping climate change and ramping up clean energy projects on the ground. A strong call for climate action at these hearings will directly contribute to more aggressive recommendations from the workgroup, and bolder steps forward for our state and region.

 

CLEW Public Hearings

Spokane

Seattle

Olympia

October 16

5pm-7pm

October 23

6pm-8pm

December 13

2pm-5pm

Music Building Auditorium Spokane Falls Community College

Bell Harbor International Conference Center

 

House Hearing Room A State Capitol Campus

RSVP!

RSVP!

RSVP!

 

 

 

MegaphoneYour voice is needed.  We hope you will join us, go to the hearing, meet the Governor, and tell him that you support bold climate action.

Just one year into Governor Inslee’s first term we have the opportunity to raise our voices for strong climate action and set the stage for an ambitious climate and clean energy agenda. Make comments, come to a hearing, and tell your friends and neighbors to do the same. If we all step up big now, the Olympia will definitely get “CLEWed” in to the need for climate action.

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