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Washington Governor Chris Gregoire and legislative leaders have introduced a Green Jobs and Climate Action legislative package that proposes investments totaling $455 million in the next biennium for energy-reducing transportation projects, energy efficiency projects, green buildings and clean-energy technology.

Of the $455 million:

  • $419 million goes to transportation projects and programs such as: investments in HOV lanes; bike and pedestrian safe projects; park and ride lots; more vanpool vehicles; expanded commute reduction programs; biodiesel fuel for ferries; ramp metering; express lane system automation.

  • $20 million is in additional capital funding for the expansion of allowable Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) activities to include clean technology.

  • $10 million goes to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in public facilities and publicly funded housing.

  • $6 million is allocated for the Energy Freedom Program to support biomass energy projects such as anaerobic digesters and biofuels processing equipment.

Also included in the plan is:

  • Legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions and create market incentives that will drive reductions in climate-changing greenhouse gas pollution through a cap-and-trade system designed last year by the seven states (including Washington) and four Canadian provinces in the Western Climate Initiative.

  • Legislation providing a new state sales tax exemption to encourage Washington residents to purchase new plug-in hybrid electric passenger cars, light duty trucks, and medium duty passenger vehicles. The tax exemption starts on July 1, 2009 and extends to January 1, 2014.

  • A proposed partnership with the state’s clean technology industries to identify actions needed to ensure that Washington remains at the cutting edge of the green energy future.

  • Asking the State Building Code Council to improve building energy efficiency by 30 percent beyond the 2006 standards.

The governor and legislators said that the new legislation and investments are necessary for Washington to reach the greenhouse gas reductions called for in state law, which are: shrinking greenhouse gas pollution to 1990 levels by 2020; and cutting greenhouse gases to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2035 and 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

Without the new legislation, Washington’s climate action policies will achieve only 45% of the reductions the state needs to meet by 2020.




Oregon or Washington?!


Washington. Corrected.


Imagine how much good will they could generate if they corrected the PR campaign? As we well know now, there is little that man-made GHG can do to alter climate.

If Governor Gregoire wants not to look like the victim of scientific bamboozlement - he needs to change the nomenclature in his bill. Replace each mention of "Climate Change" with "Energy Independence." Same jobs program, same stimulus, far more focused positive effect. By eliminating money thrown in the street after global warming - he will target real areas of alternative energy development. And avoid the crashing embarrassment that is cascading the way of policy decisions supporting "Climate Change."

Former boss of IPCC's James Hanson:

“My own belief concerning anthropogenic climate change is that the models do not realistically simulate the climate system because there are many very important sub-grid scale processes that the models either replicate poorly or completely omit... Furthermore, some scientists have manipulated the observed data to justify their model results. In doing so, they neither explain what they have modified in the observations, nor explain how they did it. They have resisted making their work transparent so that it can be replicated independently by other scientists. This is clearly contrary to how science should be done. Thus there is no rational justification for using climate model forecasts to determine public policy.”
Dr. John S. Theon, NASA ret.



governor chris gregoire is CHRISTINE.


Oh dear. It's more incorrect for a woman to get bamboozled!

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