From Center Square:

“During the height of the pandemic, many states adjusted regulations and laws to deal with the strain on healthcare and the economy,” he told The Center Square via email. “For instance, the growth of telehealth and the loosening of certificate of need (CON) laws made it easier for Americans to get healthcare at a time when it was needed. To-go drinks and sidewalk dining helped restaurants stay in business.”

That same model should apply to easing the pain at the pump and elsewhere for Washingtonians, Bydlak argued.

“Just as Germany is rethinking nuclear energy in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, states like Washington would be well-served to rethink a policy that may have looked enticing previously but would clearly be harmful to citizens in the current economic environment,” Bydlak concluded.

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