Inslee signs order for climate change process

Associated Press

SHORELINE, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed an executive order that sets into motion a process to reduce carbon pollution in Washington state.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the state, and the time to act is now, Inslee said at a news conference at Shoreline Community College.

"We're doing this because the law requires it," he said.

A carbon emissions reduction task force began meeting Tuesday. The group is expected to come up with recommendations for a market-based program to limit carbon emissions. It is to be introduced in the 2015 legislative session.

Inslee said there is no doubt that a 2008 state law requires the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

His order also directs state agencies to work on a plan for cleaner fuels, reducing coal-fired electricity and other key areas.