John Kerry visits Olympia to push climate bills in Washington legislature

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was at the Capitol on Tuesday to talk to House and Senate Democrats.

By Enrique Perez De La Rosa, NW News Network.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has been pushing hard to pass a carbon tax proposal. Though it’s been unpopular with some businesses and Republicans, on Tuesday he brought out an important ally.

Inslee invited former Secretary of State John Kerry to Olympia to lobby for his proposal. It would impose a tax of $10 per metric ton of carbon emissions from fossil fuel consumption. Kerry said Washington state lawmakers have an opportunity to lead the nation by pricing carbon in a way that is fair and sensible.