DeBolt Counters Inslee’s Climate Proposals With Incentive-Based Plan

By January 18, 2019.

While Gov. Jay Inslee has made climate change his signature issue in the lead-up to a potential Presidential campaign, state Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, believes the governor’s proposals shouldn’t be the only option on the table when it comes to clean energy.

“I’ve always found that whenever you lead with innovation and incentive you get better result,” DeBolt said, following the release of his multi-pronged plan to address climate issues.

DeBolt has emerged as a GOP leader on climate in the Legislature, calling for an approach more heavy on “carrots” than “sticks.”

Following the defeat of a carbon-pricing initiative in November’s election, Inslee has released a slew of bills addressing the issue from other angles — gradually ending fossil-fuel power from utilities, enforcing a clean fuel standard for vehicles, eliminating hydrofluorocarbons and crafting tough energy-efficiency rules for buildings.