Statement from Rep. Mary Dye on certification of cap-and-trade repeal measure, Initiative 2117

Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, ranking Republican on the House Environment and Energy Committee, issued this statement following the Secretary of State’s certification Tuesday of Initiative 2117 that would repeal Washington’s two-year-old Climate Commitment Act (CCA).

“More than 400 thousand Washington citizens signified through Initiative 2117 that the cap-and-trade program has driven food, fuel, and energy prices much higher, and created a heavy burden on the economy and families. It effectively more than doubled the state’s 49 cents per gallon gas tax, but in contrast to the gas tax, none of the cap-and-trade dollars can be used to invest in the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.

“The state has abundant clean energy, and federal policies and incentives are in place to decrease transportation emissions through higher fuel efficiency standards on passenger cars and incentives for electric vehicles. The cap-and-trade program comes at a great cost to our state with little benefit to Washington’s air quality or global emission reduction efforts.

“My House Republican colleagues and I stand united with the thousands of people who support Initiative 2117. They deserve to be heard through the committee process. The state constitution says initiatives shall take precedence over all other measures in the Legislature. We need to respect the constitution, listen to the people, and abide by their wishes.”

During floor action Wednesday in the state House, Democrats voted to reject a Republican motion to instruct the House Environment and Energy Committee to promptly hold a public hearing on Initiative 2117. 

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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