Gov. Jay Inslee has signed an executive order that sets into motion a process to reduce carbon pollution in Washington state.
Inslee said at a news conference Tuesday that climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the state, and the time to act is now.
A carbon emissions reduction task force began meeting Tuesday. The group is expected to come up with recommendations for a market-based program to limit carbon emissions and that would be introduced in the 2015 legislative session.
Inslee says there’s no doubt that a 2008 state law requires that the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
His order also directs state agencies to work on a plan for cleaner fuels, reducing coal-fired electricity and other key areas.
The Seattle Times reports Republicans in the Legislature are worried Inslee might impose by executive order a low-carbon fuel standard that could raise gas prices.
How much would that cost you? The website SHIFT has posted a calculator based on estimates gas prices could increase by $1.17 a gallon.
Calculate what it might cost for your family here.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.