US: Washington carbon bill to face familiar opposition

Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced in December that he planned to create a cap-and-trade programme by July 2016 (see EDCM 17 December 2014). The programme would include the power, industrial and refinery sectors, including fuel supplied to consumers. Anthony Eggert, executive director of the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy at University of California at Davis, said Inslee’s proposal will likely benefit from the success of California’s programme and a relatively small impact on the state economy. That tangible result could soothe some concerns.“It helps that you have a programme that is operating and the sky hasn’t fallen yet,” Eggert said. “It can help that they can see that which could further empower them.”

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