Work toward a cleaner future | Letter

I recognize that climate change is the No. 1 threat to the communities and habitats that make Washington state such a wonderful place to call home. It’s also safe to say that the transition to a clean energy system will supercharge our economy and improve public health. This is why it was so disappointing to see I-1631, the clean air, clean energy initiative, defeated at the polls.

But the fight isn’t over. In the upcoming legislative session, our elected officials have the opportunity to support legislation that puts Washington state on a path towards 100 percent clean energy. Washington has historically been on the forefront of clean energy production, and this marks the necessary step forward to continue to be a leader in this sector.

The transition to 100 percent clean energy will create good paying jobs that cannot be outsourced. It will also help Washington businesses continue their history of innovation and lead the way towards a resilient and prosperous 21st Century economy. Washington will also gain energy independence, prioritizing homegrown energy resources, further growing our state’s economy.

This is truly a unique opportunity to make the economy and our environment more resilient. Oil companies spent a record $31.5 million to defeat I-1631. They spent that much because they know that a cleaner energy system is just over the horizon and it doesn’t include them. Our Legislature must reject the polluting economy of the past and pass legislation that moves us into a cleaner, greener future.

I urge Washington’s elected officials to create the best possible future for our economy, for our people, and the natural places we all cherish. We can each support 100 percent clean energy in our state by contacting our state senator and representatives. Thank you.

Jim Rettig

Woodinville

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