Inslee’s climate plan would cost jobs, business-backed study says
OLYMPIA — A business coalition opposed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s top climate legislation released a study Thursday saying the plan would hurt the economy and cost jobs — a finding at odds with a state analysis.
The study for the Washington Climate Collaborative (WCC) said Inslee’s cap-and-trade proposal, which would impose a new carbon charge on oil refineries, fuel distributors and other major polluters, would reduce annual average employment in the state by about 56,000 jobs. The average household would pay nearly $60 a month in higher gasoline, natural-gas and electric bills, the study said.