Kelsie morgan... in studio with what's new on good morning northwest.
Despite strong opposition from republicans-- the washington state house has passed a bill that would require companies which produce and import fuel... to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Specifically, companies would have to reduce the carbon emissions associated with their products by ten percent in the next decade... and 20 percent by 20-35.
The program would begin in 20-21.
The legislation is a key piece of governor jay inslee's agenda to address climate change..
But republicans are strongly against it.
They believe it's not worth the cost that will be passed on to the consumer.
(barkis - clip 2: (:11) "i'm afraid of them having to pay at the pump 13, 15, 30 cents more a gallon.
The citizens of this state have spoken.
Many, many times.
And they made it clear on this particular type of policy.
They said no.
And we need to say no again tonight.")representative andrew barkis there referring to the carbon tax initiative that was voted down in november's election.
Two house democrats joined republicans in voting no on this bill-- but it ultimately passed in a 53 to 43 vote.
It now heads to the senate for consideration.
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