Policy & Economics
Policy & Economics

OTHER CLIMATE LEGISLATION OF INTEREST IN THE 2018 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Call your House reps about HB 2931.

Buildings are responsible for 40% of U.S. carbon emissions, and use 70% of U.S. electricity. Building codes are the prime tool to make buildings cleaner and more efficient. Today in Washington State, cities and counties can adopt stretch building codes for commercial and larger multifamily buildings, but not for smaller residential structures...which is most of them. HB 2931 will create stretch building codes for residences that local governments can adopt, driving down carbon pollution faster. The real estate industry is fighting this one hard. Calls to your House representatives can make all the difference. Tell them you support HB 2931 and the way it empowers our cities and counties to require more efficient homes. (Again, if you don’t know your representatives, look them up here.)

HOUSE

HB 2283  Reduces the cost of transitioning to electric generation sources that have very low or zero carbon dioxide emissions. (We opposed the initial version, which classified nukes as renewables, weakened I-937 compliance requirements, and abolished I-937 if a price is put on carbon. It has since been revised and deserves scrutiny!)

HB 2338  Clean transportation. (We support: It reduces transportation sector pollution, our state’s main source of emissions, by 10% by 2028. Good compliment to a carbon tax.)

HB 2402  Promoting conservation in electric utilities. Addresses natural gas facilities and excludes nukes. (We support, but improvement is still needed: Rather than 50% renewables by 2040 it should target 100% renewables by 2028. Contact the bill sponsors to urge improvement.)

SENATE

SB 6187  Electrification of transportation for Public Utility Districts. (We support.)

SB 6253  Establishing a clean, renewable energy standard. (We can’t support this bill due to its treatment of nuclear energy as clean energy.)

SB 6269  Strengthening oil transportation safety. (We support.)