So remember how I was all “your days are numbered, pollutey companies of Washington state! mwahaha” because the cap-and-trade bill “whizzed” through the House committee? Yeah, I might have spoken too soon, because not so much with the Senate version.

The Committee on Environment, Water, and Energy yesterday passed a version of the bill that makes the program voluntary, which kinda defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? Still, hopeful enviros are quick to note that it’s a “work in progress.” Sigh.