The Seattle Times took the time to verify my observation that it isn’t just factories, refineries, and other forms of industry that will be impacted by Governor Jay Inslee’s cap and trade plan. Such ‘carbon emitters’ would also include both Washington State University and the University of Washington. Some Democrats think that because these universities are included in the list, it shows good faith that there is no double-standard occurring just because a polluter is public versus private, but Governor Inslee himself stated the universities would likely receive extra funding in order to comply with the $2 Million in added yearly penalties. How would this incentivize these institutions to reduce their emissions even if it were a concern?

 

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