Climate Commitment Act Moves to Senate Floor
Yesterday, the Senate Rules Committee pulled SB 5126, the Climate Commitment Act, to the floor of the Washington State Senate. That means soon, the Senate can take a big step toward putting Washington on a path to meeting our carbon reduction goals while creating up to 195,000 jobs — building our economy back better than it was before the COVID crisis.
Matthew Hepner of Bellingham, executive director of the Certified Electrical Workers of Washington, said the bill will kick-start job creation. “The climate is definitely changing and we have to adapt to it. (The bill) will renew an economy that we’re missing out in. We need that market engine to spur economic growth.”
Much of the projected economic growth will be generated by investments in Miles Ahead Washington, the House transportation package funded in part by the Climate Commitment Act. That package will invest billions in low-carbon transportation projects, like electric ferries, electric buses and rural, tribal and regional mobility grants to move Washington toward a net-zero carbon transportation future.