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February 11, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Greenhouse-gas bills

In need of a sanity check

The Washington state Senate and House have bills that are designed to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions (SB 5735 and HB 1819). These bills will basically put a cap-and-trade system in place regarding CO2 emissions in our state. Companies can emit a particular amount of CO2 and then they must obtain vouchers for more emissions through a trade idea (market value) from companies that don’t use their entire emission limits.

Essentially, businesses will leave Washington state due to the increase in production costs.

Also, there is a time frame where your driving will be evaluated and limits will be put on the amount you drive. You will have to trade for more driving time and mileage. The system is based on a European one, but data shows from 1998-2006, they decreased emissions by .42 percent. Yes, .42 percent.

We need a sanity check, desperately.

Don’t allow these bills to pass. Let your representative know that we want to decide what is best and allow the free market to drive what technologies and energy forms we use.

— Todd Welch, Everett

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