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Climate workshop gets heated

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Climate workshop gets heated

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

Things got testy during a climate workshop hosted by Governor Jay Inslee on Friday.

Two Republicans, Senator Doug Ericksen from Ferndale and Representative Shelly Short, questioned Inslee’s plan for carbon reduction actions that are to be considered by the legislature in January.

They said a decision is premature because no one knows how much the program would cost taxpayers or if it would kill jobs.

That started a heated discussion between Inslee, Short, Erickson and two Democrats on the panel.

Inslee finally called a recess to cool tempers.

When the meeting reconvened the group agreed to only submit climate policy ideas to be discussed at a public hearing set for next week.

The workgroup’s final recommendations are due by December 18.