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We're making history. Let's not stop.
April 13, 2021

 

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Tell WA lawmakers to pass a strong Clean Fuel Standard

 

We just had a historic day on climate action in Washington. This past Thursday, our state Senate—as in our nation's capitol, the harder of the two legislative chambers to motivate towards strong action—passed two very significant pieces of climate legislation for the first time ever.  After a long debate, they passed the Climate Commitment Act, a powerful bill that caps carbon pollution and invests in solutions. This vote followed more than a decade of attempts to cap or price pollution in one form or another.

Later that night they also passed the Clean Fuel Standard, a critical and long-overdue policy that reduces carbon pollution from transportation. If our Legislature now finalizes and enacts a strong standard, it will be the most significant action our state has ever taken to cut vehicle pollution.

Amazing and diverse coalitions helped get both of these closer to the finish line. It is a day worthy of celebration and recognition of the hard work, persistence and perseverance to get to this place.

And the work is not yet done!  Both chambers have passed the Clean Fuel Standard but in different forms, so now representatives and senators will need to iron out the differences and make the bill stronger. The House of Representatives will now take up the Climate Commitment Act. 

Can you contact your senator now to ask them to support a strong Clean Fuel Standard?

The legislative session is scheduled to end in a few short weeks on April 25th. We have two weeks to get these two bills, along with a clean and just transportation package and the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act, all the way through to Governor Inslee’s desk. We are within reach of concluding a truly historic session in Washington.

So much progress... and so much more work to turn the promise of strong action into the law of the land. Bybringing this legislative session to a strong finish, we can win cleaner choices for how we get around. Please take a minute and help close the deal.

Author Bio

Vlad Gutman-Britten

Washington Director, Climate Solutions

Vlad brings varied and deep experience in policy, advocacy, and campaign politics to his work at Climate Solutions. He is responsible for guiding policy development and building an integrated communications, advocacy, and government affairs strategy to foster a clean energy economy in Washington.

Before coming to Climate Solutions, Vlad was Senior Policy Director for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, where he successfully secured tens of millions of dollars in state investment in habitat and recreation lands. He was previously a key part of issue advocacy and communications efforts for large companies, including Microsoft and GE, and before that served as AIPAC's Deputy Midwest Political Director. A veteran campaign operative, he has run congressional and state legislative campaigns and worked on races ranging from mayoral to presidential.

Vlad is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he received a degree in political science. In his free time, Vlad bikes, listens to everything from opera to folk music, and smokes whatever fish or meat fits into his smoker.

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