Gov. Inslee: State must lead on climate change

OLYMPIA — Testifying before a state Senate committee, Gov. Jay Inslee asserted that Washington state is ideally positioned to lead the fight against climate change and urged lawmakers to help him move quickly on the issue.

Speaking to the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee Wednesday, Inslee advocated for a measure to hire an outside group to advise him on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while increasing the share of energy created in-state.

The group’s report, due in October, would evaluate how other states and countries are addressing climate change.

Inslee said that climate change threatens disparate industries in the state, from downhill skiing and winemaking, which rely on a steady snowfall, to oyster cultivation, which is threatened by ocean acidification.

Ocean acidification, Inslee said, is climate change’s “little evil twin.”

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