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Governor's Taskforce Looks for Climate Solutions

Deborah Wang
08/08/2007

Members of the Governor's Climate Advisory Team met in Seattle yesterday. They are charged with putting together proposals to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental groups are pushing them to take bold action. KUOW's Deborah Wang reports.

THE CLIMATE ADVISORY TEAM IS MADE UP OF A BROAD COALITION OF STATE OFFICIALS, POLITICIANS, ENVIRONMENTALISTS, AND MEMBERS OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY. IT'S THEIR JOB TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO REACH THE STATE'S GOAL OF REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS TO 1990 LEVELS BY THE YEAR 2020, AND TO CUT AN ADDITIONAL 50 PERCENT OFF THAT BY THE YEAR 2050.

THE TEAM IS LOOKING AT HUNDREDS OF RECOMMENDATIONS, FROM CHANGING BUILDING CODES TO PROVIDING MORE STATE FUNDING FOR MASS TRANSIT.

SPENCER REEDER IS THE STATE'S LEAD POLICY ANALYST FOR CLIMATE CHANGE.

REEDER: "The Governor's executive order is very precise and clear about what it required, there is no wiggle room there, the question is what are the specifics about how we get there."

REEDER SAYS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE WILL BE TO CUT EMISSIONS FROM THE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR, WHICH ACCOUNTS FOR ABOUT 45 PERCENT OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS ARE WATCHING THE PROCESS CLOSELY. SOME ARE SKEPTICAL THAT THE TEAM WILL COME UP WITH BOLD PROPOSALS TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE. SARA PATTON IS WITH THE NW ENERGY COALITION.

PATTON: "We can solve it and we can solve it in ways that can make our communities and our economies stronger, but it can't be something that everyone agrees on because it's the lowest common denominator, so we really needed to get in the public who care about this to make that clear."

THE CLIMATE ADVISORY TEAM WILL MAKE FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNOR EARLY NEXT YEAR.

I'M DEBORAH WANG, KUOW NEWS.

℗ Copyright 2007, KUOW News

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