On February 4 the House Committee on Environment and Energy held a hearing on HB 2829 Declaring a Climate Emergency, which authorizes the Governor to declare an energy emergency for purposes of limiting greenhouse gas emissions and building resiliency to the effects of climate change. This bill appears to be dead for the session but may be introduced next year again.
A Tribal Representative asked the committee to stand up for children. A 10-year-old Native American said that we are ruining the world for children. Puyallup Tribal representative said the house is on fire, the fish are dying. 350 Seattle said that the leaders are just poking at the edge of the problem; we are addicted to fossil fuels. Earth Ministry said that the climate crisis is a moral crisis, and needs to be declared an emergency. South Sound Green Party said that frontline communities are already in an emergency. Quaker Voice on Public Policy said that Quaker principles lead to us to say that we need immediate action.
Association of Washington Business said that a declaration of emergency would not allow stakeholders to provide input. Washington Public Utilities District Association said the bill would change priorities of generation and distribution of electricity and undermine the clean energy act.