Several exciting climate action bills will be considered by the Washington State Legislature this year. Your active support is critical to their success. Learn the details and how you can take action below!

HB-2095 Sustainable Farms and Fields Bill:
Comment On the Bill

This bill is extremely important, for many reasons.
1) Agriculture is the second leading source of greenhouse gases fueling the climate crisis, and this legislation works with Washington farmers and ranchers to help reduce these greenhouse gases by establishing voluntary grant programs encouraging sustainable practices. Soil is the most effective and cheapest carbon sequestration instrument available to us at this time and we should invest in methods that allow farmers to become carbon sequesters of their own, while investing in their farms and livelihoods.
2) Our State economy is heavily reliant upon agriculture, and if we cannot find ways to protect our soil, our farmers will surely take a large brunt of the changing climate.

More details can be found here.
Commitee: Rural Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources – View Committee Members

HB-1110 Clean Fuels Standard:
Comment On the Bill

Transportation is the leading source of greenhouse gases, so reducing fuel-related greenhouse gas emissions to 10% below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20% by 2035 is a critical task for the people of Washington. We need to find ways to reduce the carbon intensity of the fuels we burn.

More details on the bill can be found here

Informational Resources:

SB-6398 Transportation Policy Goals

The official set of transportation policy goals help determine which transportation projects the state will undertake. This bill expanding the list of goals to include climate considerations (ghg emissions) and environmental justice concerns (including vulnerable populations in decision making).

Comment On the Bill

SB-6628 Regulating Both Direct and Indirect Emissions

The Washington State Supreme Court recently ruled that the State’s Clean Air Act cannot be applied to companies that sell or distribute fossil fuels because they do not directly emit pollutants. The people to whom they sell their fuels are the ones who directly emit the pollutants. This bill clarifies that the Clean Air Act applies to both direct and indirect emissions. It also specifies that whether the companies operate within Washington or not, if their products emit greenhouse gases in Washington, they are subject to our Clean Air Act.

Comment On the Bill

HB-1796 PACE Financing:
Comment On the Bill

Please support any upcoming Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) legislation. This legislation allows property owners to finance the cost of energy efficiency or renewable energy improvements without a large upfront cash payment, paying the costs over time through a voluntary assessment that attaches to the property rather than the individual owner. This will make it easier for many of us to make important energy improvements in our homes and properties and take another real step in addressing the climate crisis. Washington State is behind many other States in implementing this type of legislation.

More details can be found here

HB-1597 Upstream Methane Impacts Bill
Comment On the Bill

This one will be a battle but is hugely important. There is significant concern about what the impact of increasing use of fracked gas could mean for our climate and this bill could give us a lot more clarity upon that impact, enabling the government to make more informed and scientifically driven decisions about such new projects such as the Kalama Methanol plant and the Tacoma LNG plant.

More details can be found here