Gov. Inslee rolls out 2022 climate proposals with focus on clean energy

Dec 14, 2021, 12:21 PM
Inslee, climate...
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee walks past a Ford Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle on Dec. 13, 2021, following a news conference in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced several climate-related proposals for the 2022 legislative session, including a plan to offer rebates on the purchase of new and used electric vehicles for qualified buyers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Governor Jay Inslee rolled out his latest climate policy wish list Monday for the 2022 legislative session.

The proposed climate plan, announced by the governor on Dec. 13, totals more than $625 million, with a goal of cutting carbon emissions from buildings, cars, and energy production.

Washington needs to ‘defeat climate change at its source,’ says Gov. Inslee

“We’re here today in part because of the danger I’ve seen across the state of Washington in the last 12 months,” Gov. Inslee said, which includes flooding, forest fires, and unsafe air quality.

“Climate change is moving faster, and therefore we must move faster,” he added.

One of the proposals requires all new construction projects to be net-zero ready by 2034.

“This will maximize energy efficiency, reduce wastage of energy bills, and discontinue the use of fossil fuels in our new homes and buildings,” Gov. Inslee said.

For older buildings, the governor proposed “expanding the state’s existing performance standards to apply to buildings over 20,000 square feet.”

Gov. Inslee seeks to move state government to all-electric fleet of vehicles

Another proposal would offer consumer rebates for those who buy a new or used electric vehicle.

“In addition to rebates for EVs, electric motorcycles, and e-bikes, I’m also proposing an increased rebate for low-income Washingtonians so that people can get access to these vehicles,” Inslee said.

Inslee’s plan also includes millions in grant dollars to help with some of the requirements, as well as new investments in clean transportation, and more. Find the full proposal online here.

KIRO Radio’s Hanna Scott contributed to this report.

Local News

U-district shooting...
KIRO 7 News Staff

Driver fleeing U-District shooting hits, kills 21-year-old with vehicle

A driver fleeing the scene of a reported University District shooting hit and killed a pedestrian with their vehicle on Saturday morning.
1 day ago
Orca Humpback Fight...
Colleen West, KIRO 7 News

Rare clash between orcas, humpback whales witnessed in Salish Sea

A large group of orcas and pair of humpback whales harassed each other during an hours-long encounter about 25 miles west of Port Angeles.
1 day ago
weekend traffic...
Micki Gamez

Closures to cause heavy traffic through Seattle this weekend

Be prepared for long commutes in Seattle this weekend as construction closures are set to cause heavy traffic on I-90, I-5, SR-9 and more.
1 day ago
Ted Buehner

Dry summers delay changes in leaves, but brilliant autumn colors around the corner

This sunny dry weather is expected to continue through Columbus Day Weekend, providing more unseasonably warm weather for enjoying fall hues.
2 days ago
Hanna Scott

No timeline for Office of Independent Investigations use of force cases to begin

“The new Office of Independent Investigation will increase transparency and trust in investigations of deadly uses of force by law enforcement."
2 days ago
Nicole Jennings

The drought is over! Mariners fans are ready for postseason baseball

It's an exciting time to be a baseball fan in Seattle after the Mariners clinched a playoff berth in thrilling fashion Friday night.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
Swedish Cyberknife 900x506...

June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s Why It’s Important To Speak About Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die five years earlier than women.

Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]
Gov. Inslee rolls out 2022 climate proposals with focus on clean energy