Comment from Garcia, Tony
The Northwest is on the cusp of being a national leader in addressing
climate change, and improving our health and environment. I applaud the
Council's decision to include strong energy efficiency targets in the
draft 6th power plan, but we must go farther. We cannot truly protect
ourselves from both the financial and social risks of climate change
without setting a strong price for the cost of carbon, and we cannot
truly solve climate change without taking substantive steps to end our
reliance on the biggest culprit in global warming pollution coal.
Council staff has performed an analysis that shows the way. The
Northwest can become coal free by 2020 in steps that are both achievable
What we can't afford is to waste any more time. Please put the Northwest
on the path for a clean energy future with a 6th power plan that phases
out coal from the Northwest, and sets a strong carbon price.