Author: duncan-pro

Yes On 732

I-732 is the most important climate vote in the nation 

There’s good news internationally on the climate front (last month’s news about the Paris accord, plus yesterday’s deal to phase out HFCs) and we can keep the good news rolling by passing I-732…

…because everyone from President Obama to economists everywhere agree that putting a price on carbon is the single most important thing we can do to take action on climate change;

 …because I-732 would (in the words of an MIT expert) “certainly be one of the most aggressive — if not the most aggressive — carbon taxes that we have on the books globally”;

…and because I-732 shows the path forward for bipartisan climate action: “the most important thing” according to Democratic strategist Mark Mellman.

That’s why I-732 is the most important climate vote in the nation… and people are starting to get the message:


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We’re hitting our fundraising targets

Thanks to everyone who helped us meet our $57k matching challenge! Between your generosity and the generosity of the donors who put up the match, we raised $116,782 from 355 donors between the start of our challenge on Sept 24 and the close of our challenge on Sunday. Great work (!) and if you missed out, well, it’s not too late to donate 🙂 Your contributions enable us to drive the biggest voter education on climate change the state has ever seen, and underscores that our most single most important priority is saving the planet!



Polling update

On August 17 an Elway Poll on Initiative 732 showed 34% Yes, 37% No, 30% Undecided.

On October 7 a KOMO-4/Strategies 360 poll showed 42% Yes, 37% No, 21% Undecided, a gain of 8 points for Yes (and 0 points for No). So we are moving in the right direction (!)… and there are still 21% of voters who are undecided. The shift in polling confirms what we’ve said repeatedly—that the more people hear about our policy the more they like it—so we just have to keep pushing! 


We are over TWO-THIRDS toward our match goal of $57,000 so GIVE NOW! 

We knew it would be a lift to raise $57,000 in 9 days, but we came close enough to convince the donors behind the match to give us an extension until October 9th!  We’ve raised nearly $37,000 and we need to rally another $20,000 in 5 days to take full advantage of the match. If you haven’t given recently now is the time to re-up your commitment and if you have thank you and now is the time to take to make the case to your friends that they need to join you in giving to I-732! 

Your financial support now allows us to hire the support needed to expand our field program to target swing voters and to purchase targeted advertising. 



We are halfway to our Oct 3 match goal of $57,000 so GIVE NOW! 

Due to an amazing sell-out fundraising event with Cliff Mass last week and the ongoing generosity of our small and medium size donors across the state we have raised nearly $30,000 towards our $57,000 match! 

But we need to up our game and complete this fundraising match. We’ve racked up an unbelieveable amount of media coverage and new endorsements – we can win this campaign but we have to get our message out. Our ability to make the case for taking action on climate change now is highly dependent on our ability to raise additional funds. If you want to see I-732 succeed, the most useful thing you can do (besides volunteering your time to contact voters) is make a financial contribution to allow us to bring our message straight to the electorate. 



It’s the 4th quarter! 

If you read our last email blast you know it’s the fourth quarter in the fight against climate change, we’re behind, and we’re running out of time. But we’ve got the ball and Initiative 732 has managed to slip past the opposing defense and we are wide open in the center of the end zone! 



Time for another sports metaphor!

Longtime supporters know that we’re fond of using sports metaphors–most famously, that we’re the relief pitcher who’s going to take a swing at the ball–and it’s time for a football analogy to explain the current state of affairs. Here goes: It’s the fourth quarter, we’re behind, and we’re running out of time. But we’ve got the ball and Initiative 732 has managed to slip past the opposing defense and we are wide open in the center of the end zone. The vast majority of people we talk to—70% of the people we meet via door-knocking, phone-banking, etc.—want to throw us the ball, and if they do we have a good shot at winning the game, but the far left and the far right have come together with the goal of throwing the ball away so that we can “try again next year”. The far right doesn’t want to throw us the ball because they’re “football deniers”.


Here is the VIP list of confirmed attendees
Tickets to the VIP section are limited

Cliff Mass – Meteorologist and Climatologist


  • Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D)
  • Senator Joe Fain (R)
  • Rep. Gerry Pollet (D)
  • Senator Mark Miloscia (R) – Candidate for State Auditor
  • Rep. Jake Fey (D)

Business Leaders

  • Howard Behar – Former President of Starbucks
  • David Giuliani – Inventor of Sonicare

Organizational Leaders

  • Gail Gatton – Audubon Washington Executive Director
  • Jennifer Syrowitz – Audubon Washington Chapter Conservation Manager
  • Bruce Agnew – Cascadia Center Director

Carbon Washington Executive Committee Members

  • Yoram Bauman, Co-Chair – Environmental Economist Ph.D.
  • Joe Ryan, Co-Chair – Retired Environmental Attorney
  • Kyle Murphy, Campaign Co-Director – Campaign Professional | Founder Divest UW
  • Duncan Clauson, Campaign Co-Director – Environmental Policy MPA
  • Greg Rock, Legislative Outreach – Sustainable Energy Engineer M.Sc.
  • Kate Pflaumer, Retired United States Attorney
  • Sharon Nelson – Retired Utilities and Transportation Commission Chairman
  • Mike Massa – Technology & Engineering Professional
  • Menno van Wyk – Retired CEO Montrail, Inc

Honorary Guests Attending in Spirit

  • Jim McDermott – Congressman (D)
  • Senator Maralyn Chase (D)
  • Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (D)
  • Ramez Naam – Author, Speaker, Futurist






The No on 732 Campaign is Misleading Voters

A prominent national energy economist says the No on 732 campaign’s claims that the price of electricity will increase by 20 percent in 2020 under Initiative 732 are “implausible.”




We are entering the final stretch of the campaign. We have the opportunity to pass one the most important wins on climate in North America, if not the world. We continue to add new endorsements (see below!), staff, and engage in debates across the state but we still need to reach thousands of voters before November 8th. We need all of you to pick up your phones, walk your neighborhood, and flyer at your local events. Not sure how you can help? Check out our For Volunteers page for everything you need to get started or to find an event.

So Let’s Do This!

New Endorsements!

The I-732 team continues to give presentations around the state and ask for endorsements and I am please to announce three new endorsements:

  • The 32nd Legislative District Democrats (Shoreline/Lynnwood)
  • The 42nd Legislative District Democrats (rural Whatcom County and NW Bellingham)
  • The 46th Legislative District Democrats (Seattle/Kenmore/Lake Forest Park)
  • Burien City Councilperson, Austin Bell

Upcoming events

New location! On W Sept 28 in Seattle with UW meteorologist Cliff Mass we will have a wine-and-cheese reception followed by a lecture at The Mountaineers (7700 Sand Point Way, Seattle, WA  The Mountaineers; details and tickets here!

Just Announced!On W Oct. 17Seattle CityClub October Civic Cocktail – Yoram will take part in a moderated debate about I-732; details and tickets here!

  • Th Sept 22 in Seattle we’ll be hanging out with tax lawyers
  • Th Sept 24 Snohomish High School Annual Campaign Breakfast
  • Much more to come! Email us if you have other ideas to fill up the calendar and get the word out!

We’re (still) hiring…

We continue to have great feedback from volunteers that are engaging with voters across the State and so we are continuing to expand our team hiring fellows (in Seattle), canvassers (in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties), and unpaid interns (everywhere). Details here, please help spread the word! And feel free to come by and say hi to the ever expanding I-732 team and pick up a t-shirt, yard sign or bumper sticker!

In the news

Lot’s of great news again this week. First up – The Business Case To Mobilize Against Climate Change: Jobs And Innovation with a quote right out of the gate from Bloomberg New Energy Finance chair Michael Leibriech stating “Solar power delivers cheapest unsubsidized electricity ever, anywhere, by any technology.” The New York Times has a new piece titled: Americans Appear Willing to Pay for a Carbon Tax Policy with the statement that “Americans appear willing to pay more than a robust climate policy is projected to cost.”

Our own Greg Rock presents a strong case for why voters should support I-732 in a debate on TVW, check him out here! And Kyle Murphy does a great job presenting I-732 in a mini-debate on King 5 – Inside Politics. has a piece on the campaign: Vote on nations’ first carbon tax sets off environmental row. We have two new Letters to the Editor (LTE), one in the Peninsula Daily News by Dick Stockment and another in the Issaquah Reporter by George Reynoldson. If you would like to submit an LTE of your own send an email to

Volunteers in (Climate) Action!

732 Fellow Judy Wu has put together a great series of interviews titled Humans of I-732. I hope you enjoy their stories.




Game of Phones! 

We have 18 new folks on the board and many others moving up in the rankings! If you are looking for ways to help pass I-732 visit our Volunteer Page for all the ways you can help.

Maesters: Phillip Singer – New, Mary Paynter – New, Leah McClintock-Shapiro – New, Karissa Jones – New, Andrew Taylor – New, Alissa Neuman – New, Qijing Yao, Kyle Murphy, Mariana Garcia, Mary Stevens, Rheanna Johnston

Night’s Watch: Ren Wilcox – New, Laurel Wolf – New, Kara Smith – New, Carol Reich, Emma Hewitt, Judy Wu, Sarah Geyer, Ben Silesky, Greg Rock

Warden of the North: Megan Conaway – New, Allie Bull – New, Aaron Tam – New, Quillan Robinson

Let’s win!

Duncan and the Yes on 732 team