Gov. Jay “Let’s Defeat Climate Change” Inslee is all talk and no action; report shows Washington state greenhouse gas emissions got worse

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee is running for president. He touts himself as the “green governor” and wrote a book to “lay out the path to stop global warming and gain energy independence.”

From his presidential bid web site:

“Governor Jay Inslee knows that defeating climate change is the defining challenge of our time and that it must be the foremost priority for the next president. Devastating disasters and rising pollution have claimed lives, cost the economy billions and threatened the places Americans live, work and raise families.

Jay’s climate plan will meet the climate challenge head-on, while creating jobs building a clean energy future. That’s what he has done in Washington state, and it’s what he’s proposing for the nation.”

That’s NOT exactly what he has done in Washington state. Read on…

From King 5 News: The good news is that Washington’s economy is growing. With more people and business, however, the state has also seen an increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions despite predictions otherwise and policy aimed at reductions.

“We are doing the right things in the state. We have adopted some really aggressive policy to reduce carbon emissions. Those are beginning to take effect. We’re seeing that in the numbers. Our economy is growing by leaps and bounds, but our greenhouse gas emissions, they are just kind of ticking up,” said Andrew Wineke with the Washington Department of Ecology’s Air Quality Program.

Their most recent data is from 2016, which is still under review and could change. It shows about a 2% increase over 2015.

It’s still lower than 2008, which was followed by a decline for several years due to the recession. Around 2012, GHG emissions start to increase again, and have done so steadily at a rate of about 2-3% each year.

“There is more work to be done, but I think we should focus on the fact that we are doing some good things in the state. We are making progress. We just need to turn that corner,” Wineke said.

But if you ask Washington Policy Center Environmental Director Todd Myers, it looks more like hitting a wall. “If you are not getting data until 2-and-a-half years later, you don’t know what is working and what is not,” Myers said.

Though the state says it simply takes time to accurately compile data from multiple sources, Myers argues the system moves too slowly to make good predictions or good policy.

“They are making policies based on numbers that they claim will be true 15 years from now. It doesn’t make any sense for politicians to take the word of an agency that can’t even tell you what happened two-and-a-half years ago that is trying to predict 20 years in the future,” Myers said.

We are wasting huge amounts of money. That is not just a waste of taxpayer dollars. It is a waste of opportunity to do good for the environment. If people really believe that we are facing a climate crisis, we should make every dollar work. Instead, we are spending $20 to get one dollar worth of environmental benefit.

For Myers, the solution should be more investment in technology and open market solutions rather than regulations and taxes.

“We need to be encouraging more innovation, more people to find ways to reduce CO2 for very low cost. That is how we’re going to save the environment. That is how we are going to reduce CO2 the most rapidly,” Myers said.

In 2008, the state set targets to reduce emissions to levels seen in 1990 by 2020 and 25% below that by 2035. The most recent legislative session set a plan to be off coal by 2025, to be carbon neutral by 2030, and carbon free by 2040.

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William

Carbon-free by 2040? That’ll be a pre-stone age society which I don’t think will go over well, even with demoncrats. Maybe their plan is to convert to new energy sources that the aliens will give us. When they finally show up. Actually that would be more feasible than the gibberish they are spouting about global warming, GHG’s, etc. There is no global warming, the average global temperature is declining. When that finally becomes too obvious to ignore they’ll say yeah, that’s what we meant, climate change. You can’t win with irrational lunatics, you can only refuse to play the game

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Having met Inslee he very well may be the first “non-carbon based governor”. He may be from Uranus.

I just consider him to be a smug pri*k. Lets just reduce the quality of life and charge people more and it’ll all be grand. “The science is settled”. Is it?

Just look at these fools. They think CO2 is “poison”. They haven’t any idea how anything works in nature or otherwise.

The only question I have is trying to identify which ones are lying and which ones are stupid.

William
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William

The science is settled, the climate is stable. We’re due for a cool period and that is happening now. Normal climate variation, cool periods alternating with warm periods. “Carbon” has nothing to do with it. Nothing. Inslee (next time around he needs to be Outslee) and his ilk might as well just say their purpose is to destroy Western Civilization because that’s what will happen if they get their way. But that would be honest. They are all liars and some just willfully ignorant. Reducing fossil-fuel derived energy has other implications that the snowflakes haven’t considered. How will they charge… Read more »

chemtrailssuck
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The “cool” period is due to them spraying chemtrail clouds 24/7 across the globe for years. It’s the same thing that happened when that volcano erupted and created a long term cold spell. That is why it’s so cold at night too.

km
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km

It’s amazing that people still listen to these clowns…

Alma
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Alma

If Jay Inslee would shut his mouth and plugged his ass the amount of CO2 emissions would significantly decrease by 100%, You see he is so full of shit it comes out both ways.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

At the rate they’re going we’ll be panhandling in Venezuela:

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Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Jay Inslee and his nonsense flows down and across the Columbia River and into Oregon . . . and it is poisoning our state.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

No kidding! He’d dress in a burkha and ululate if he thought it would get him elected.

Jackie Puppet
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To be truly carbon-free, ALL humans have to die.

Including Jay Inslee.

But Jay will also have to get rid of cows, pigs, and any other animal that farts.

And what about forest fires? Volcanoes? How’s Jay gonna stop them from belching “poisonous” carbon?

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Inslee, like St. Gore will be instantly “transformed” at death into a suitable, completely bio-degradable compound free of carbon.

You will only be able to catch glimpses of them in faerie rings on moonlit nights.

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CalGirl

DAH…….when the most , backwards/yet developing , populous country in the world, amongst others, don’t “have’ to do anything about “greenhouse gasses” for 20 years or more according to the (assinine) compact, whilst you and other developed tow-the line and pay out the nose economically on the homefront—-NOTHING CHANGES…..(only our day-to-day pocketbooks); get this: we share the air in the globe and whatever YOU DO IS NOT GONNA “FIX” WHAT THE OTHER COUNTRY/OTHERS DO NOT DO. This is all sort of like “pissing” in the public swimming pool: no matter what the posted rules, no matter what the contract when… Read more »

cogitoergosumantra
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cogitoergosumantra

“Carbon free”??? So, no more organic life forms. No more CO2 means no more human life, since we use O2 to LIVE, producing CO2 in the process, which plant life (trees, ocean plankton, etc.) uses to LIVE, producing O2, which we HUMANS need to live. No carbon, no CO2, no O2, no humans.

Idiots. I think Silicon-based alien life forms are behind this. Terra-forming Earth for their own inhabitation… Yeah, watched War of the Worlds again.

chemtrailssuck
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How about HAARP? Maybe they should shut them all down, since they’re using those facilities to create global warming, er I mean “climate change”. Aircrap.org had a good video where someone was showing that there were radar pinpricks in a grid pattern that was helping to “steer” the hurricane that blasted Puerto Rico and Florida awhile back.