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Governor Gregoire Calls for Reducing Greenhouse Gases

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Tri-Cities, Wash. - Department of Ecology leaders say greenhouse gases are having a drastic affect on the environment, and now Governor Gregoire has signed an executive order to do something about it.

The order the Governor signed Thursday includes aspects of a climate change bill that failed to pass in the recent legislative session.

Among other things, it directs the State Department of Ecology to work with large industries to find ways to cut emissions.

Ecology leaders say greenhouse gases are lowering the snow pack in the state, which affects river levels, creating a rippling effect on our fish and wildlife and causing problems for the states agriculture.

"Not only do you have less snow, but it's falling at different periods of time. Then when we need it for agriculture or fish, that's going to cause problems too. These things are just happening more frequently and more severely," said Department of Ecology Spokesman Seth Preston.

He also says everyone can help reduce emissions by driving less or increasing our use of public transportation.

Gregoire testified at an environmental protection agency hearing in Seattle today on a proposed finding that

greenhouse gases pose a threat on public health.