Jay Inslee is pushing ahead with his new carbon-based regulations—rules which he thinks can be jammed through using his executive authority. Under the new carbon rules, the industries deemed as “large emitters” would be required to reduce carbon emissions by 5 percent every three years.
Inslee’s so-called “Clean Air Rule” would initially apply to about 24 manufacturing plants, refineries, power plants, and natural gas distributors. If it is actually deemed legal, the threshold would lower over time and many more facilities would be covered by the rules.
As the Washington Policy Center’s Todd Myers explained the scheme would reward companies for suspending operations in Washington State and selling their carbon credits. The carbon rules “pays for taking jobs overseas, but punishes for keeping jobs here. If you stay, your costs go up.”
The Department of Ecology has released a list of the top 10 companies that Inslee wants to hit hard with his carbon rule. Unfortunately, the rules do not apply to Inslee himself.
You see, there a plenty of scenarios that warrant our green governor’s inclusion on any such list. In honor of our green governor, we’re asking the simple question, “How many carbon credits will Jay have to buy?” So, without further adieu,
1. How many carbon credits will Jay have to buy to… offset all the hot air he spews every time he manages to embarrass our state by speaking at, well, any conference he happen to be invited to?
2. How many carbon credits will Jay have to buy to… compensate for his jet setting off to Paris to stop climate change as a highly irrelevant delegate?
3. How many carbon credits will Jay have to buy to… offset all the paper he uses for all his 5th grade-level sketches that his staff attempts to pawn off on campaign donors?
Obviously, Inslee could start racking up a lot of emissions if even more of his carbon-based activities were included – let us know if you think of more.