2020 Washington State legislative session ends in climate failure

Washington Senate Democrats wrapped up the 2020 legislative session by handing veto power to a small minority of its caucus, and failing to take action to cut transportation pollution—ignoring a priority of 66% of WA voters.

“Climate delay is just as bad as denial. This year’s legislative session was a comprehensive failure to act on climate,” said Vlad Gutman-Britten, Climate Solutions Washington Director. “Two thirds of Washington voters support a Clean Fuel Standard. Yet instead of listening to the people, Senate Democrats sided with the oil industry and handed veto power to a small minority in their caucus. On climate, our senate is kicking the can down the road towards a cliff. The legislature passed some good bills to further clean energy. But they passed nothing substantial, and nothing that would challenge the oil monopoly that we face.”

“We do not get to take a year off from climate change. If we aren’t working to solve this crisis year after year, we are losing the fight,” said Alyssa Macy, CEO, of Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. “The Senate cannot be the place where climate action goes to die.”

“Lawmakers demonstrated that they understand there is a climate crisis for Washington communities by updating our state’s greenhouse-gas emissions targets and investing in climate resilience,” said Mike Stevens, Washington state director for The Nature Conservancy. “It is thus all the more unfortunate that, despite progress in the House, the Senate failed to exercise leadership where it matters most, and did not enact major policies such as the Clean Fuel Standard that would have provided the very tools we need to meet our emission reduction targets.”

There is strong and very diverse support to pass a Clean Fuel Standard, notably including the Alliance for Automotive Innovation as well as major in-state fuel users such as Waste Management, Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle. They have voiced strong support for the policy as a key solution to cut transportation pollution, protect public health, and help low-carbon alternatives compete in a fuel market currently monopolized by big oil by aligning with California, Oregon, and British Columbia—all of whom already benefit from their own successful clean fuels programs.

Below are some of the hundreds of organizations, local elected officials and jurisdictions, health associations and hospitals, small businesses, unions and advocacy groups that urged the legislature to pass HB 1110 this session:

Business leaders

Alaska Airlines
Port of Seattle
Automakers Alliance for Automotive Innovation
Waste Management
Renewable Energy Group
Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas
Clean Energy Fuels
SeQuential Biodiesel
Promus Energy
A&R Solar
Washington Refuse & Recycling Association
Recology CleanScapes
Green Canopy Homes
National Biodiesel Board
Impact Bioenergy

Health leaders

American Lung Association
Washington Academy of Family Physicians
Washington State Medical Association
American College of Physicians, Washington Chapter
Washington Health Care Climate Alliance
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility


IBEW Local 81
SEIU Healthcare 1199 NW


Seattle City Light
Tacoma Public Utilities
Klickitat PUD
NW Natural

Local Government

King County
City of Tacoma
City of Spokane
City of Issaquah
City of Bainbridge Island
King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C)

Natural Resources

Washington Department of Natural Resources
The Nature Conservancy

Nonprofit organizations
Climate Solutions
Union of Concerned Scientists
Natural Resources Defense Council
Earth Ministry
Washington Environmental Council
Fuse Washington
Transportation Choices Coalition
Audubon Washington
Sierra Club
Environmental Priorities Coalition (20 statewide organizations)

Over 65 local businesses statewide

208 Garfield
Art Gallery of SnoValley
Bah Diallo African Market
Bowler Coffee Co
Browns Flowers Inc
Caffe Ladro
Champion Pet Supply
Chic Boutique
Clare Law Firm
Concentra Physical Therapy
County Yarns
Dightman’s Bible Book Centers
El Sabor
Elizabeth’s Holistic Health
Energy Efficiency Finance Corporation
Experience Tea
Forest Fairy Bakery
Fun Kuts
Garden of Beadin’
Kasia Wine
Krista’s Sandwich Shop
Law Offices of David B. Richardson
Little Shop of Light
Maltby Cafe
Maple + Moss Boutique
Music & Arts
Olivai Jane Enterprises
Pacific Southern
Plato’s Closet
Proper Joe Coffee House
Quality Stitching
Randolf Cellars
Reyna’s Mexican Restaurant
Royal Tea
Social Grounds, Coffee & Tea Co.
Suburban Soul Boutique
Tacoma’s Best Piercing
Tan Republic
The Muttropolitan
Thunder Dome/Real Art Tacoma
Todo Mexico
Trinity Lutheran Church
TSUGA Fine Art & Framing
University Dental Care
Val’s Surroundings Gifts
WR Consulting Inc.
Zulu’s Board Game cafe

Over 125 former and current local elected officials statewide

Council Member Bruce McDougall City of Anacortes
Council Member Ryan Walters City of Anacortes
Council Member Jan Schuette City of Arlington
Mayor Leslie Schneider City of Bainbridge Island
Councilmember Joe Deets City of Bainbridge Island
Councilmember Kirsten Hytopoulos City of Bainbridge Island
Councilmember Kol Medina City of Bainbridge Island
Councilmember Matthew Tirman City of Bainbridge Island
Former Councilmember Ron Peltier City of Bainbridge Island
Councilmember Janice Zahn City of Bellevue
Council President Daniel Hammill City of Bellingham
Councilmember Lisa Anderson City of Bellingham
Councilmember Michael Lilliquist City of Bellingham
Councilmember Hannah Stone City of Bellingham
Former Mayor Kelli Linville City of Bellingham
Council Chair Claudia Balducci King County
Former Councilmember April Barker City of Bellingham
Commissioner Michael Shepard Port of Bellingham
Councilmember Kristiana de Leon City of Black Diamond
Councilmember Tom Agnew City of Bothell
Councilmember Mason Thompson City of Bothell
Councilmember Leslie Daugs City of Bremerton
Councilmember Michael Goodnow City of Bremerton
Councilmember Lori Wheat City of Bremerton
Deputy Mayor Krystal Marx City of Burien
Councilmember Cydney Moore City of Burien
Councilmember Nancy Tosta City of Burien
Former Deputy Mayor Austin Bell City of Burien
Councilmember Adair Hawkins City of Carnation
Councilmember Kim Lisk City of Carnation
Mayor Michael Nelson City of Edmonds
Councilmember Mark Phillips City of Lake Forest Park
Councilmember Diane Buckshnis City of Edmonds
Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas City of Edmonds
Former Councilmember Dave Teitzel City of Edmonds
Councilmember Brenda Stonecipher City of Everett
Council Member Jeni Woock City of Gig Harbor
Commissioner Helen Price Johnson Island County
Mayor Mary Lou Pauly City of Issaquah
Council President Victoria Hunt City of Issaquah
Councilmember Barbara de Michele City of Issaquah
Councilmember Lindsey Walsh City of Issaquah
Commissioner Kate Dean Jefferson County
Commissioner David Sullivan Jefferson County
Councilmember Brenda Fincher City of Kent
Former Councilmember Dennis Higgins City of Kent
County Executive Dow Constantine King County
Mayor Cheryl Selby City of Olympia
Council Vice Chair Joe McDermott King County
Councilmember Rod Dembowski King County
Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles King County
Councilmember Dave Upthegrove King County
Former Councilmember Larry Gossett King County
Mayor Penny Sweet City of Kirkland
Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold City of Kirkland
Former Councilmember Dave Asher City of Kirkland
Former Councilmember Tom Neir City of Kirkland
Commissioner Charlotte Garrido Kitsap County
Commissioner Robert Gelder Kitsap County
Mayor Andy Ryder City of Lacey
Deputy Mayor Cynthia Pratt City of Lacey
Former Councilmember Lynda Zeman City of Lacey
Former Councilmember Hank Margeson City of Redmond
Councilmember Ryan McIrvin City of Renton
Councilmember Jason Ritchie City of Sammamish
Councilmember Pam Stuart City of Sammamish
Councilmember Peter Kwon City of SeaTac
Councilmember Lisa Herbold City of Seattle
Councilmember Mary Dickinson City of Lake Stevens
Mayor Benson Wong City of Mercer Island
Deputy Mayor Wendy Weiker City of Mercer Island
Councilmember Salim Nice City of Mercer Island
Councilmember Craig Reynolds City of Mercer Island
Former Mayor Bruce Bassett City of Mercer Island
Former Mayor Debbie Bertlin City of Mercer Island
Councilmember Richard Brocksmith City of Mount Vernon
Councilmember Iris Carias City of Mount Vernon
Mayor Jennifer Gregerson City of Mukilteo
Councilmember Bob Champion City of Mukilteo
Former Council President Christine Cook City of Mukilteo
Councilmember Tom Griffin City of Newcastle
Mayor Crystal Dingler City of Ocean Shores
Commissioner Sam Cho Port of Seattle
Former Commissioner Courtney Gregoire Port of Seattle
Councilmember Jennifer States City of Sequim
Former Councilmember Bob Lake City of Sequim
Mayor Will Hall City of Shoreline
Councilmember Doris McConnell City of Shoreline
Mayor Pro Tem Jessica Bateman City of Olympia
Councilmember Jim Cooper City of Olympia
Councilmember Clark Gilman City of Olympia
Councilmember Dani Madrone City of Olympia
Councilmember Lisa Parshley City of Olympia
Former Councilmember Nathaniel Jones City of Olympia
Commissioner E.J. Zita Port of Olympia
Council Vice Chair Connie Ladenburg Pierce County
Councilmember Derek Young Pierce County
Former Mayor Deborah Stinson City of Port Townsend
Mayor Angela Birney City of Redmond
Councilmember Vanessa Kritzer City of Redmond
Councilmember Tanika Padhye City of Redmond
Former Mayor John Marchione City of Redmond
Mayor Matt Larson City of Snoqualmie
Council President Breean Beggs City of Spokane
Council Member Kate Burke City of Spokane
Former Council President Ben Stuckart City of Spokane
Councilmember Amy Weissfeld City of Stevenson
Deputy Mayor Keith Blocker City of Tacoma
Councilmember Deborah Juarez City of Seattle
Councilmember Andrew Lewis City of Seattle
Councilmember Tammy Morales City of Seattle
Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda City of Seattle
Former Councilmember Sally Bagshaw City of Seattle
Former Councilmember Mike O’Brien City of Seattle
Former Councilmember Abel Pacheco City of Seattle
Commission Vice President Fred Felleman Port of Seattle
Commissioner Ryan Calkins Port of Seattle
Mayor Pete Kmet City of Tumwater
Councilmember Keith McGlashan City of Shoreline
Councilmember Chris Roberts City of Shoreline
County Executive Dave Somers Snohomish County
Council Vice Chair Stephanie Wright Snohomish County
Councilmember Linda Redmon City of Snohomish
Mayor Pro Tem Joan Cathey City of Tumwater
Councilmember Leatta Dahlhoff City of Tumwater
Councilmember Tom Oliva City of Tumwater
Councilmember Eileen Swarthout City of Tumwater
Council Member Ty Stober City of Vancouver
Commission President Eric LaBrant Port of Vancouver
Council Member Riley Clubb City of Walla Walla
Council Member Chris Beale City of Tacoma
Council Member Conor McCarthy City of Tacoma
Council Member Kristina Walker City of Tacoma
Former Council Member Anders Ibsen City of Tacoma
Councilmember David Watterson City of Tenino
Commissioner Tye Menser Thurston County
County Auditor Mary Hall Thurston County
Councilmember De’Sean Quinn City of Tukwila
Councilmember Barry Buchanan Whatcom County
Councilmember Todd Donovan Whatcom County
Commissioner Atul Deshmane Whatcom County PUD