November 17, 2014
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U.S. and China announce surprise climate change and carbon limit pact



President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping surprised the world last week with an unexpected joint announcement of a long-term plan to limit the countries' greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the plan, China sets its first-ever target date to begin limiting greenhouse gas emissions: 2030. In America, the goal is to reduce emissions by more than one quarter below 2005 levels within 11 years.

China is the world's biggest source of greenhouse gas pollution, with roughly 25 percent of all global emissions. America is number two with roughly 15 percent. The Associated Press has more details on the deal.

Congressional Republicans sharply criticized the new climate deal. House Speaker John Boehner pledged to block Obama's energy policies, calling the U.S.-China deal "the latest example of the president's crusade against affordable, reliable energy."

AWB is working at the state level on a proactive climate strategy that meets the needs of employers and reaches the goals of the governor without impacting the state’s economy. Washington is already one of the cleanest, greenest states in the nation. We’ll continue to work on policies that build on our excellent track record of balancing the needs of employers with environmental protections.



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MOVING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION

Long term, transportation funding is school funding

By The News Tribune editorial board

"Children before concrete" is one of the catchphrases of people who've been fighting transportation funding in the Legislature.

It's a false choice. Smart investments in highway and transit infrastructure don't steal money from schools and social welfare programs. They create jobs and expand the economy, helping pay for public services that benefit children and everyone else.

The 2015 Legislature will rightly focus on increasing public school funding, as mandated by the state Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary decision. But this shouldn't mean stiffing the state's infrastructure needs. It's not an either-or dilemma: Further investment in transportation is needed to fully fund public education over the long haul.

Click here for the full column in The News Tribune
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