The need for immediate climate action is as urgent as ever. In 2020, Washington State passed ambitious goals to cut global warming pollution, grounded in the latest climate science, but failed to pass any policies to actually cut pollution. In fact, they have failed to pass a Clean Fuel Standard not one, not even two, but three years in a row.
The need for clean air and healthier lungs has never been more important.
We still have a window of time to address the climate crisis, but we need to take big steps every year to cut pollution. And we know that a Clean Fuel Standard is one of the fastest ways to reduce our transportation emissions, Washington’s largest source of climate and air pollution.
The Legislature has stepped up before. In 2019, Washington State passed the strongest clean electricity law in the country – mandating that Washington’s electricity be 100% carbon free by 2045, including protections for workers, ensuring family-wages, and increasing access to utility benefit programs. It was bold, exciting, and a significant step in Washington’s efforts to reduce statewide emissions.
Diesel and gasoline are responsible for nearly half of the climate change pollution in Washington State. We’ve seen climate impacts close to home, like more frequent and fiercer forest fires, but we have a window to accelerate big solutions. Our state is now on a pathway to a 100% clean grid, and now we can electrify most of our transportation sector, reducing our climate impact with emission free vehicles. What we can’t electrify, we can transition to cleaner fuels – a clean fuel standard prioritizes creating incentives for those clean, low-carbon choices to power our transportation.
And the WA Legislature can lead again.
Our state is now on a pathway to a 100% clean grid, and we can electrify most of our transportation sector, reducing our climate impact and improving our air quality. What we can’t electrify, we can transition to other cleaner fuels – as a Clean Fuel Standard prioritizes creating incentives for those clean, low-carbon choices to power our transportation and helps transition our reliance off fossil fuels.
Doing something once is not enough. Delaying climate action is as bad as climate denial. Sign the petition to encourage the Washington Legislature to commit to #LeadonClimate and pass a Clean Fuel Standard in 2021.