Green Legislative Bills of Concern Update 3/26/21

By Cindy Alia 3/26/21

Your Washington State Legislators will be working through Saturday to move their agendas through the legislative process.  Bills are considered and continue to be ushered through the process that will undermine your abilities to make the best individual uses and decisions of and for your life, liberty, and property.  Many of the bills will force Washington taxpayers and consumers to fund the expensive and unattainable goals of the extreme agendas related to climate and environment.

Engrossed third substitute house bill 1091 Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.  Here is a link to the senate bill report.  Hard fought and amended, amendments have intensified and complicated the negative impacts expected should the bill pass the legislature. The bill passed the house 52/46 and will be heard in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on Saturday, the 27th or 29th but the bill would still be a set-back to your autonomy and pocketbook.  Creating a credit trading market and banking will be costly to the end user and consumer. The department of Ecology is the agency charged with authority for decision making on all aspects of the bill.  Targets and Ecology rule making are directed to be changing on an ongoing basis.  The bill will increase reliance on the electric grid to reduce emissions, but the grid is not ramped up to bear the shifting load.  Here is a link to the Senate Committee on Ways & Means they need to hear from you!

Engrossed second substitute bill 1287 Concerning preparedness for a zero emissions transportation future.  Here we are again faced with a bill that is expensive and factually unattainable.  Here is a link to the senate bill report.  The infrastructure for the goals set in this bill does not exist, and continued reliance on alternative electricity production would compound the inability to attain the goals.  The bill is virtue signaling on a legislative level, but if passed would be a costly debacle to the citizens of the state they purport to represent, it is overlooked attempting to achieve the goals in the bill will be out of reach for many years to come, and the costs to build the needed infrastructure would be astronomical and borne on the backs of the consumer.  The legislature should try this bill again in 30 years.

The bill Requires the Washington State Department of Transportation to develop and maintain a publicly available mapping and forecasting tool.

Requires electric utilities to analyze how their resource plans account for modeled load forecast scenarios that consider anticipated levels of zero emission vehicle use in the utility's service area.

Requires the State Building Code Council to adopt rules exceeding the specific minimum requirements for electric vehicle infrastructure in buildings by July 1, 2024.

Establishes a goal for the state that publicly and privately owned passenger and light-duty vehicles of model year 2030 and later sold, purchased, or registered in Washington be electric vehicles.

Here is a link to the Senate Transportation Committee, they should hear from you!

March 26, 2021