Washington Governor Signs Order Addressing Climate Change and Renewables
Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed an executive order February 7 that directs state agencies to lead the Washington Climate Change Challenge. The order establishes goals to use more renewable energy in order to reduce pollution, increase jobs, and reduce expenditures on imported fuel.
"We have all seen the science and we must increase our efforts to respond," Gregoire said in a press release. "Washington is uniquely vulnerable to the changing climate, but we are also positioned to succeed in the clean energy economy. We have already taken steps to strengthen emission standards, build the biofuels industry, and promote renewable sources of energy. With these next steps, I believe we can reduce our climate pollution, grow jobs and move toward energy independence."
The executive order directs the Washington departments of Ecology and Community, Trade, and Economic Development to lead the climate change challenge. The effort will engage business, community, and environmental leaders over the next year. Those leaders will consider a range of policies and strategies that may be adopted to achieve the order’s goals.