AWB Statement on State’s Adoption of Clean Air Rule
OLYMPIA -- The Association of Washington Business, Washington state’s largest business association representing small, medium and large employers, issued the following statement today from AWB President Kris Johnson regarding the Department of Ecology’s announcement of a new Clean Air Rule.
"We are disappointed that Gov. Jay Inslee is moving forward with the rule in its current form. Washington state is already a low-carbon leader in the nation and the world, and we agree there is more work to be done. Unfortunately, this Clean Air Rule will create a confusing and untested carbon cap system that puts our state at a competitive disadvantage to our neighboring states.
"More importantly, under this new regulation, consumers will face higher costs to heat their homes, drive to work, and at the grocery store. It will be a devastating blow to low- and fixed-income families living paycheck to paycheck. And it will be a blow to the economy. A similar experiment in California has slowed manufacturing substantially – a piece of our economy we can’t afford to let slip out of the state, or, worse yet, our country.
"After failing to win support in the Legislature for a California-style cap-and-trade plan, Gov. Inslee is now side-stepping the legislative process by implementing this rule administratively, which we believe is a case of regulatory over-reach.
"Washington employers have demonstrated they share the values of the governor and others who are pushing for this new tax on consumers. They have taken steps to reduce carbon emissions through innovation and private investment, without a top-down regulatory approach. We encourage our state’s leaders to continue this kind of innovation rather than implement costly regulations that threaten to harm families and the economy with little discernible benefit to the environment."
About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington's oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes nearly 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. The association received the 2016 Chamber of the Year award from the the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit www.awb.org.