- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee says the state has a “moral obligation” to address carbon pollution.

In remarks prepared for his “State of the State” address Tuesday, Inslee says it’s time to meet a 2008 mandate to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. It sets an overall limit on heat-trapping gases similar to a program that California launched nearly three years ago.

Last month, Inslee proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state’s largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.

Inslee has made tackling climate change a key issue since taking office two years ago. He has said his plan would raise nearly $1 billion in its first year to help pay for transportation projects, education-funding requirements imposed by the state Supreme Court.

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