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Wednesday, July 29

AWB Statement on Governor's Announcement of Carbon Reduction Regulatory Plan

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business, Washington state’s largest business organization representing small, medium and large employers, issued the following statement from AWB Vice President of Government Affairs Gary Chandler regarding the Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement that he has directed the state Department of Ecology to begin drafting a regulatory rule to cap carbon emissions:

"We share the governor’s goal of reducing emissions, but we disagree with his top-down government regulatory plan. We continue to believe a collaborative process that involves the business community is a better approach to reach our shared environmental goals.

"While not fully outlined yet, the governor’s plan also raises concerns that his approach will lead to employer uncertainty that will jeopardize the state’s ability to compete to attract and retain industries, like those in the vibrant advanced manufacturing sector, that are creating high-wage jobs in every corner of the state."

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Fast Facts:

  • Washington Department of Ecology: In 1990, statewide greenhouse gas emissions were 88.4 Million Metric Tons (MMT). In 2011, the latest data, statewide greenhouse gas emissions were 91.7, putting Washington state within less than 4 percent of meeting our 2020 statewide goal.
  • In 1990, Washington state’s carbon emissions were 16.97 MMT from the Industrial sector, but by 2011 carbon emissions were 13.38 MMT, a decrease of 21 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s most current data.

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 more than 7,900 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. 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.

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