Gov. Inslee signs order to start emission reductions

Gov. Inslee signs order to start emission reductions
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks to the press after taking an aerial tour of the Oso mudslide area at the Arlington Municipal Airport Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Arlington, Wash. (AP Photo/The Herald, Sofia Jaramillo)
SHORELINE, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Inslee has signed an executive order that sets into motion a process to reduce carbon pollution in Washington state.

Inslee said at a news conference Tuesday that climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the state, and the time to act is now.

A carbon emissions reduction task force began meeting Tuesday. The group is expected to come up with recommendations for a market-based program to limit carbon emissions and that would be introduced in the 2015 legislative session.

Inslee says there's no doubt that a 2008 state law requires that the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

His order also directs state agencies to work on a plan for cleaner fuels, reducing coal-fired electricity and other key areas.