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March 16, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Washington state’s environmental leadership

How green is our Legislature

The failure of cap-and-trade legislation was not “a win for major Washington businesses,” as you report, but an utter failure of foresight, leadership, vision and conscience [“Lawmakers thwart Gregoire’s cap-and-trade plan on climate,” Politics & Government, Monday, March 16].

Similarly, the state Senate’s passage of SB 5840 (which seeks, with cowardly illogic, to disembowel the voter-approved, job-creating I-937) indicates that our alleged representatives lack the spine to make difficult decisions for our long-term prosperity.

We — citizens, lawmakers and businesses alike — can postpone accountability on climate, energy and ecological issues, but the reckoning will come sooner than we like, and it will be all the more expensive for our foot-dragging.

Meanwhile, our elected representatives have missed the opportunity for real environmental leadership, passing the torch (once again) to our Oregonian neighbors — who, I pray, will have the courage to do the right thing. If our great-great-grandchildren-to-be could vote, I know they’d say the same.

— Graham Brown, Seattle

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