As if extreme “green” policies have not already done enough damage to our state’s economic well-being, Washington has joined a coalition of 18 states to defend the Obama administration’s controversial Environmental Protection Agency’s latest carbon regulation scheme. The coalition of partisan Democrat governors is up against 26 states that have filed multiple legal challenges to the rule. Only six states—Alaska, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Tennessee—have so far stayed out of the fray.
The EPA’s mandates would most certainly negatively impact local economies and overall energy reliability by killing coal-mining jobs and driving up electricity costs. More, as the legal challenges argue, the rules represent an unlawful overreach of federal authority by D.C. bureaucrats.
Jay Inslee’s extreme “green” agenda already managed to help run the aluminum industry out of our state. Unfortunately, it appears that our green governor is not satisfied with what his purely ideological extreme “green” agenda has done to kill jobs thus far.