Letter: Cap and trade’s detrimental impact on Washington families


Vancouver resident Kris Greene urges our state’s legislators to reconsider the cap and trade program

Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author alone and do not reflect the editorial position of ClarkCountyToday.com.

Kris Greene
Kris Greene

Washington State’s recent Cap and Trade program, backed by Governor Inslee, has brought about unforeseen hardships for our citizens. The tangible outcomes behind environmental stewardship have been far from positive. Our state now bears the burden of the highest gasoline prices in the nation.

It’s disheartening to hear tales of families faced with the impossible choice of fueling their vehicles or putting food on their tables. Such decisions should never be a reality in our prosperous state. While curbing carbon emissions is imperative, it should not be at the expense of our residents’ day-to-day livelihoods.

I urge our state’s legislators to reconsider the cap and trade program. It’s essential that we strike a balance between environmental progress and economic viability for all Washingtonians. Let’s look for sustainable solutions that don’t force our families into untenable situations. Low income families are hit the hardest.

Kris Greene
Vancouver


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