SHORELINE, Wash. -- Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday he has brought together some of the region’s brightest minds to find ways to cut carbon.
He ordered his newly formed task force of business, government, health and social justice leaders to have a plan by the end of the year to meet carbon goals outlined in a law passed last year.
The legislature approved a law requiring the state to reduce carbon to 1990 levels by the year 2020, but Inslee said there is no official plan to reach that goal. He told his panel he wants to cut carbon from cars, buildings and utilities and he wants to create jobs and revenue doing it.
"We can be just as successful in clean energy as we are in aerospace, software and bio-technology,” said Inslee to a crowd of supporters in the modern automotive shop at Shoreline Community College.
He used the college as a backdrop because he said he wants his panel to find ways to unleash the creative minds in this state to find new technology to reduce carbon and make an industry of it.
He also said it’s time to stop importing coal fired electricity from out of state. He said it’s time for the practice called "coal by wire" to end.