OLYMPIA — Testifying before a state House committee, Gov. Jay Inslee insisted Tuesday that the state is poised to lead the fight against climate change and urged lawmakers to help him move quickly on the issue.
Speaking to the House Environment Committee, Inslee advocated 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 Washington state.
The group’s report, due in October, would evaluate how other states and countries are addressing climate change.
Inslee said that increased emissions of greenhouse gases threaten to wreak havoc ranging from more and stronger wildfires to diminished oyster cultivation. A revised version of the bill passed out of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee last week.