Take a look at the chart below, which was taken from a presentation made by Jim Skea, Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Working Group III, to the Parties to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) here in Bonn, Germany last week.
The curved line depicts what Mr. Skea describes as the increase in the “level of effort, as measured by carbon price” needed to limit the increase in the average global surface to no more than 2.0°C, the aspirational goal in the Paris Agreement. That’s some steep curve!
To say that the state of Washington has a trade-based economy would be a gross understatement. It is the most trade dependent state in the nation, with one in three jobs tied to trade either directly or indirectly. Washington exports more than $90 billion worth of products annually—everything from airplanes and electronics to grains and apples and much, much more.