February 22, 2016
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AWB leads two panels during House testimony on carbon pricing

Dorothy Rothrock of the California Manufacturers and Technology Association offered a glimpse of one possible scenario for Washington’s future as she testified Friday about the impacts of carbon pricing, low-carbon fuel standards and other costly regulations in California.

In AWB-organized testimony before the House Environment Committee Friday, Rothrock said that California is home to 12 percent of the nation’s manufacturers, but that new growth is not coming to the Golden State.

Rothrock testified that California’s manufacturing sector is growing at just 2 percent. The state, she told Washington lawmakers, is not getting its expected share of new growth. That’s because manufacturers are planning for the costs of the state’s carbon cap-and-trade taxes and rules in allocating operations for future growth, she said.

Rothrock was joined by Scott Bolton of PacifiCorp and Todd Myers of the Washington Policy Center in bringing the employer perspective to the discussion of a carbon cap regulation and pricing proposals.

Earlier in the day, AWB Government Affairs Director Brandon Houskeeper, John Rothlin of Avista, Tim Boyd of Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities and Charlie Brown of Cascade Natural Gas testified in the House Finance Committee with concerns about Initiative 732.

Rothlin said that, based on the initial cost per ton of carbon, households would pay about $400 more per year under I-732. When the costs per ton of carbon rise to the highest point included in the bill, households would pay $1,200 more per year, Rothlin said.

Contact Brandon Houskeeper to learn more, or visit the Washington Climate Collaborative.

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