According to left-wing Washington governor Jay Inslee, there are only 59 days remaining for us to save the world's children from global warming.
That's the message Inslee posted to Twitter, as part of his campaign toward the state legislature on behalf of taxing carbon dioxide emissions. Residents of Washington mightily voted down such a proposal of Inslee's in 2016. Relegated now to other means, the governor made his plea thusly:
"We have just 59 days to do our part to save our children from an endless cycle of crop-killing droughts one year, and rivers spilling their banks the next. To save salmon from dying in ever warming rivers, and our forests from being reduced to plumes of ash."
Wow. Exaggerate and fear-monger much?
The state legislature's session ends in 59 days, hence Governor Inslee's number. His plan would tax emissions at a rate of $20 per ton in 2019. That rate would then rise 3.5 percent above inflation every year thereafter. According to his office, the result would be $3.3 billion in revenue over the next four years.
After taking out almost $1 billion for education funding, the money would support water infrastructure, wildfire prevention, and energy programs and research. The plan would also potentially raise residential electrical bills five percent, and gas costs ten percent.
It should be noted that the passing of the legislation would have no measurable effect on global warming. The same goes for similar legislation done at the federal level, according to government studies.
On the bright side, according to Inslee, if Washington fails to do his bidding, it won't really matter: none of us will be around to regret their devastating decision not to save the world.