EXECUTIVE ORDER 14-04
WASHINGTON CARBON POLLUTION REDUCTION
AND CLEAN ENERGY ACTION
WHEREAS, the University of Washington, as required by statute, recently released its summary of existing knowledge regarding the causes, impacts, and effects of climate change on Washington State, concluding:
• Human activities have increased atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases to levels unprecedented in at least the past 800,000 years;
• Washington has experienced long-term warming, a lengthening of the frost-free season, and more frequent nighttime heat waves. Sea level is rising along most of Washington’s coast, coastal ocean acidity has increased, glacial area and spring snowpack have declined, and peak streamflows in many rivers have shifted earlier in the year;
• Three key areas of risk, specifically changes in the natural timing of water availability, sea level rise and ocean acidity, and increased forest mortality, will likely bring significant consequences for the economy, infrastructure, natural systems, and human health of the region; and
• Decisions made today about greenhouse gas emissions will have a significant effect on the amount of warming that will occur after mid-century;
WHEREAS, studies conducted by the University of Oregon found that the effects

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