Fighting Climate Change & Its Effects
Climate Change

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, put a price on carbon, and enact measures to promote climate resiliency.  


Issue Team Chair: Phyllis Farrell, pfarrell@lwvwa.org(360) 789-8307
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2020 Legislative Session Updates

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    The League believes that global climate change is one of the most serious threats facing our nation and planet today. Climate change is having a significant effect on Washington State's natural and economic landscape. Addressing climate change impacts will require a sustained commitment to integrating climate information into legislation and government programs and services.

    The League supports measures that promote clean energy and clean transportation, energy efficient buildings, the expansion of renewable energy and other measures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote climate resiliency.

    Click on Bill # for detailed information. See UPDATES below
    Bills the League Supports
    • SHB 1110 /  SB 5412 (Clean Fuel Standards bill)  Reduces greenhouse gas emissions with transportation fuels. UPDATE: HB 1110 passed the House; referred to Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee
    • HB 1999 / SB 5811 (Clean Car bill)  Reducing emissions by making changes to the clean car standards and clean car program. UPDATE: SB 5811 passed the Senate 2019; reintroduced & had hearing in House Environment & Energy Committee Feb. 13

    • HB 2311 (Climate Pollution Reductions) Amending GHG emissions limits for consistency with recent climate science.  UPDATE: Referred to  House Rules  Committee 2.11.20

    • HB 2405  (C-PACER bill)Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resilience. facilitates a public-private partnership for financing energy efficiency retrofits and new construction.  UPDATE: Referred to House Rules Committee 2.11.20
    • HB 2427 Tackling Climate Change as Part of Growth Management Act  UPDATE: HB 2427 Referred to House Rules 2/6/20
    • SB 5981 Greenhouse Cap and Trade UPDATE: Establishes a cap and trade program for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to be implemented by the Department of Ecology. Requires the program to limit GHG emissions to meet statewide GHG emission levels as revised for 2035 and 2050. Specifies distribution of auction revenues to specified energy efficiency projects, assistance to low-income households and highly impacted communities, and climate change impacts and natural resource resiliency Trade. UPDATE: Did not pass policy committee cutoff, but may be NTIB (necessary to implement the budget)

    • SB 6628/ HB  (Gov Clean Air bill) Requires both direct and indirect emitters of greenhouse gases to comply with air quality standards and emission limits. UPDATE: Placed on second reading by Senate Rules Committee 2.13.20

    • SB 5947 Establishing the sustainable farms and fields grant program. UPDATE: Passed the Senate; Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Rural Development, Agriculture, & Natural Resources at 10:00 AM 2.21.20

      Bills the League Opposed That Did Not Survive

      • HB 1984 Designates food processing facilities as EIT for purposes of limiting GHG emissions
      • HB 1985 Regulatory relief from GHG rules for agriculture and food products.
      Bills the League Supported That Did Not Survive Cut-off
      • HB 1113 Aligns Washington State's greenhouse gas reduction goals with the 2015 Paris Agreement and current climate change science assessments. 
      • HB 1597 Integrates the natural gas upstream emissions rate and global warming potential rule into other environmental and energy laws.

      • HB 2379  Sulfur hexafluoride emission reduction

      • SB 6453 Tackling Climate Change as Part of Growth Management Act

      • HB 2472  Incorporating GHG measurements from fossil fuels in state environmental laws
      • HB 2609 / SB 6335 Addressing Climate Change through Growth Management.

      • HB 2095 Establishing the sustainable farms and fields grant program

      • HB 2829 Declaring a Climate Emergency 

      • HB 2744 (Buy Clean bill) Requires consideration of carbon intensity of materials purchased for public works projects. 

      • HB 2892 (Gov Reduce GHG from fossil fuel distributors bill)

      • SB 6272 (Climate Pollution Reductions)

      • SB 6222 (C-PACER bill)Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resilience. facilitates a public-private partnership for financing energy efficiency retrofits and new construction.  


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