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Sierra Club Applauds Passage of Clean Cars Bill

Demonstrating great leadership and vision, the Washington State Senate passed the Clean Car Bill ESHB 1397 yesterday by a 29 to 19 vote.

"Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown showed extraordinary leadership in passing this legislation," noted Holly Forrest, chair of the Sierra Club Cascade Chapter Legislative Committee. "Senators Erik Poulsen and Phil Rockefeller deserve tremendous credit as well for masterfully steering the bill through the Senate. And in the end, it was a bipartisan bill. Republican Senators Luke Esser, Bill Finkbeiner, and Dave Schmidt really delivered."

Forrest continued, "Because lawmakers adopted clean emission standards in Washington, families in our state can look forward to breathing cleaner air and saving on the cost of gas by driving cleaner vehicles." The Sierra Club wants to recognize the work of these legislators and thank them for their support, as well as acknowledge the efforts of many citizens.

"The Clean Cars bill was a top priority for the Sierra Club. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of our members communicated with their legislators to advocate for the bill," said Craig Engelking, Sierra Club Legislative Director. "We worked in coalition with members of the environmental community and the Clean Car campaign. The campaign is supported by labor, faith, conservation, and business groups and reflects the depth and breadth of public support for this issue. This is a historic victory that has great significance for Washington and for our nation as a whole."

Washington joins Canada and eight other US states that have adopted Clean Car standards. For more information, please contact Craig Engleking at 360-561-7701 or craig.engelking@comcast.net.