Washington State lawmakers seek to approve nation’s first carbon fee

Washington state lawmakers proposed a measure on Thursday to limit carbon pollution that would be the nation’s first if passed.

The carbon fee is part of a transportation funding package that marks Washington’s third major attempt to create such a policy since 2018. Similar state proposals have failed.

At least 10 other states have introduced carbon fee or tax proposals, however, as emissions of the greenhouse gas linked to global warming hit an all-time high last year, scientists found. Washington’s latest proposal also follows a federal report that showed the impacts of climate change are intensifying, including increased extreme weather, poor air quality and food shortages.