Photo Credit: Philip A. Dwyer - The Bellingham Herald

Taking a page from President Barack Obama, Gov. Jay Inslee is bypassing reluctant lawmakers to combat climate change through regulation.

The Democratic governor told his administration Tuesday to develop a cap on emissions of greenhouse gases so Washington can meet its commitment to cut 1990-level emissions in half by 2050.

But he opted against pursuing a clean fuel standard because that would have triggered a Republican-sponsored “poison pill” jeopardizing mass-transit funding.

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