Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed a climate change bill that Yakima Valley legislators fear will lead to mandates on agriculture to reduce greenhouse gases under the Growth Management Act.
If we waited until we got the “thumbs up” from “Yakima Valley legislators,” we would be waiting a long, long time.
Rep. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, had asked Gregoire to veto the second section of the bill that requires the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development to come up with methods on how counties and cities can respond to climate change, including how vehicle emissions can be reduced.
Warnick and other rural legislators worry that the state will tell agricultural communities how far trucks and tractors can travel.
The agriculture business just wants the government to stay the heck out of their bidness! (Except when they want the government to build them a multi-billion dollar reservoir. Then they’re OK with government.)
Gregoire on Tuesday vetoed other sections of the bill for technical reasons. In her partial veto message, the governor said opponents misunderstand the legislation.
“In my view, this section of the bill does not create a new mandate for local governments, and does not provide grounds for new litigation under the Growth Management Act,” she said in a statement.
She said the legislation “appropriately recognizes the differences between our urban and rural settings.”
As a westsider, I really don’t care how far a hops farmer in Zillah drives his tractor. I’d much rather get folks in big cities to drive less.
The ways we fight climate change will be as varied as are the different communities of Washington. We shouldn’t mandate how rural counties fight climate change, but we should mandate that they do fight it.