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We applaud Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon-price proposal and Washington’s leadership in positioning the state for greenhouse gas emission reductions. We urge positive support from the Legislature.

This proposal returns funds to the economy with clean-energy investments, resilience enhancements, energy efficiency and support for vulnerable communities.

Additional incentives for utilities to further invest and commercialize technologies that reduce climate pollution and programs to assist consumers are examples of great, complementary policies deserving of strong consideration.

Washington and the western U.S. are already experiencing significant climate change that includes impacts to salmon fisheries, ocean acidification and wildfires. At a time when federal leadership is absent on climate action, states, businesses and cities are stepping up. Washington’s participation with 13 other states in the U.S. Climate Alliance is clear demonstration of the state’s leadership, and this proposal turns that commitment into action.

All our children deserve a healthy, stable and bright future, and it’s gratifying to see Washington, along with the Climate Alliance, taking the lead and showing the way.

Gina McCarthy, Boston, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Bob Perciasepe, Washington, D.C., former deputy EPA administrator