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'During his three days at COP27, Inslee met with dozens of national and subnational leaders who all share a common goal of combatting climate change and meeting the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. One of Inslee’s key messages was emphasizing the important role state, provincial and local governments play in implementing policies while national governments stall.
The recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act was a frequent topic of discussion. The law offers the most significant step towards meeting U.S. emission reduction goals and empowers state and local governments already implementing major climate policies.
“My state is moving faster and further than any other state to eliminate the need for fossil fuels,” said Inslee. “We are accepting our moral responsibility to eliminate the need and demand for oil and gas down to zero over the next several decades. That is a commitment we have made, and a necessary one.”
On his first full day at COP27, the governor announced Washington state’s membership in the Transportation Decarbonization Alliance. Transportation is Washington state’s top source of emissions. Policies to transition to zero emission vehicles are a centerpiece of the state’s decarbonization strategy, which also includes promoting active transportation options such as cycling or walking, and more effective zoning that allows people to reduce the miles they must drive to work, school, or errands.
On his final day in Egypt, Inslee announced Washington’s membership to the Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance. BOGA is an international alliance of governments and stakeholders working together to facilitate the managed phase-out of oil and gas production. At the announcement event, Inslee talked about how Washington’s clean transportation, clean building codes, and cap-and-invest programs will help drive down demand for gas and oil so it can stay in the ground.
See more of Inslee’s COP27 activities on Flickr.
COP27 impact on Washington
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