Politics The Bill I’m Obsessed With
posted by January 31 at 15:59 PMon
Rep. Maralyn Chase’s proposal for a CO2 emissions cap didn’t make it out of committee today.
However, this is a good thing. It was held at the request of the environmental community, which hadn’t finished locking down an amendment to make the emission reduction targets more serious. They want an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050 from today’s levels. The current bill sets a weaker standard: A return to 1990 emission levels by 2020.
I’ve got a column in today’s brand new Stranger outlining the significance of the bill and the fight that’s looming. Mainly, I’m worried that the Democrats are going to drop the ball on the bill, much like they did on the Wal-Mart bill last year, revealing that they don’t have the nerve to walk their talk.
The one person who could save the Democrats from another embarrassment is Governor Christine Gregoire. If—as Oregon’s Governor Ted Kulongoski did last week–she announced a cap and trade plan, then big business wouldn’t be able to shoot this down in the backrooms of Olympia. I called Gregoire’s office to see if Gregoire had a statement on Kulongoski or Chase’s emissions cap. She did not.