President Obama was laying out details of new rules to combat global warming today, and Gov. Jay Inslee put out a statement beforehand praising the “smart, practical” proposals and saying the proposals “will lead to real results.’’
Limiting greenhouse-gas emissions by older power plants through rules adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency is a key part of Obama’s plan. A breakdown on the plan is here. Obama also was expected to announce that the Keystone XL Pipeline should not be approved unless it does not increase emissions.
Inslee, a longtime proponent of a clean-energy economy who is steering the Legislature toward a strategy for meeting state goals for reducing greenhouse gases, put out this written statement:
“Every day Americans see the impacts of climate change in increasing droughts, wildfires, dangerous storms, ocean acidification, and more. Elected leaders have a moral obligation to take on this challenge. While Congress dithers, President Obama has put forward a smart, practical and cost effective set of policies to reduce carbon pollution and save energy costs, improve our competitiveness, and create jobs in America’s clean energy future. In Washington state we are moving forward with clean tech innovation, sustainable transportation, and policies to reduce our emissions. We need a partner in the federal government, and the President’s plan will lead to real results. I commend the President for his leadership and know that the states stand ready to work with him to tackle this challenge.”
A link to Obama’s speech is here.