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February 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Inslee wants to hire advisers on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — Testifying before a state Senate committee, Gov. Jay Inslee asserted that Washington state is ideally positioned to lead the fight against climate change and urged lawmakers to help him move quickly on the issue.

Speaking to the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, Inslee advocated Wednesday for a measure to hire an outside group to advise him on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while increasing the share of energy created in-state.

The group’s report, due in October, would evaluate how other states and countries are addressing climate change.

Inslee said climate change threatens disparate industries in the state, from downhill skiing and winemaking, which rely on a steady snowfall, to oyster cultivation, which is threatened by ocean acidification.

Ocean acidification, Inslee said, is climate change’s “little evil twin.”

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