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December 23, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Inslee’s carbon plan: The best option

The Seattle Times editorial “Inslee’s budget goals are good; approach is risky” [Opinion, Dec. 21] was inconclusive.

On one hand, the editorial says that “climate change is real and serious, and Inslee’s plan to ease the state away from carbon usage is an important goal.” But then says, “Linking revenue from a new cap-and-trade regime to education funding is risky. If it falls apart, or is delayed, education investments would be threatened.” The goals are all good, but the process is “audacious” and “risky,” which apparently are bad things when trying to move the state forward.

The Times suggests a revenue-neutral carbon pricing policy instead, insisting on the truism that it’s “more politically viable.” A revenue-neutral policy would show that the Legislature needs little additional reason than money to vote for the bill.

Inslee’s leadership ensures strong opposition regardless, and without the benefits attached from raising revenue, why would any Republican or conservative Democrat vote for it? The governor proposed a responsible plan, it’s up the Legislature to prove equally committed.

Ben Serrurier, Seattle

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