2021-2023 Biennium Review: Climate Change

Session review
Environment & Natural Resources 

In 2020, Washington state updated its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets to set a goal to reduce emission from approximately 95 million metric tons to five million metric tons by 2050 (See RCW 70A.45.020). In practical terms, achieving this goal will require virtual elimination of the combustion of natural gas and petroleum products in Washington over the next three decades, with the exception of fuel used in interstate commerce (marine, aviation, and exported fuel). Accomplishing this goal will require regulations that either mandate or incentivize building owners and vehicle owners to convert to electricity. It is unclear how heavy industry and freight transportation will find a path forward that is compatible with the state’s greenhouse gas goals.

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