Gov. Inslee’s Carbon Tax Plan Would Squeeze Mid Columbia Ag Companies
Gov. Jay Inslee is intent on fighting global warming and has proposed a enormous $12 billion plan to battle pollution and would "punish" the top 130 entities his experts say are pumping carbon into the atmosphere.
The list includes businesses and universities that would be forced to buy carbon or pollution credits to operate -- like a pollution tax -- based on size, output of goods and services and number of workers.
Which businesses in the Mid-Columbia are on Inslee's list?
- Agrium Kennewick
- Boise Cascade Wallula
- Con Agra Foods-Lamb Weston in Connell, Pasco, Quincy and Richland
- Gas Transmission NW - Wallula
- JR Simplot - Othello
- Tyson Fresh Meats - Wallula
- Connell Oil
The list also includes Boeing Aircraft Company, Washington State University and the University of Washington.
In hearings this week, GOP legislators have said these pollution taxes will result in higher food and energy costs from these Mid-Columbia producers.