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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature. Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Inslee Carbon Cap Critics Protest, Fast On Capitol Steps

Austin Jenkins
Northwest News Network
A group that is fasting as part of a protest against Gov. Jay Inslee's Clean Air Rule to cap carbon emissions says the proposed rule doesn't go far enough.

A group of climate activists is fasting on the steps of the Washington state Capitol this week as part of a protest against Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed cap on carbon emissions. The activists say the cap doesn’t go far enough.

The group is small -- just 15 or so. At one point they stood together holding a banner that read: “Fasting For Their Future.” The banner included photographs of children with their families.

The group says Inslee’s so called Clean Air Rule is inadequate when it comes to capping industrial carbon emissions in Washington.

“This draft ruling is basically business as usual,” said Deborah Woolley who’s participating in the fast.

“It allows the fossil fuel industries to basically continue as they have been doing and we’re seeing the effects of that,” she added.

The fast is timed to coincide with a public hearing on the Clean Air Rule later this week. A spokeswoman for Inslee called the proposed rule “a strong first step” to address carbon pollution in Washington.

The Association of Washington Business said the proposed cap “sends the wrong signal” to businesses in Washington and those that might want to relocate to the state.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."