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In 42 days (on Friday Oct 21) ballots go out in the mail, and in 60 days (on Tuesday Nov 8) the election will be over. Stay tuned for more on our election night party (!) but now is the time to help with the final push. Just follow the link here for different ways you can help, and please help now. In a few weeks we hope to be getting editorial board endorsements and significant national media attention, but right now—the calm before the storm, or our Valley Forge, or however you want to think of it—right now is when we need to lay the groundwork for victory.

PS. As promised, last week I did my first phone-banking via CallFire… I haven’t figured out if it’s more fun or less fun than signature-gathering (!) but it’s important to remember that for every person you actually talk to, CallFire leaves a Yes on 732 voicemail for 2 or 3 people who didn’t pick up the phone. Please give it a try, instructions are here. Everyone can do something! (Follow the link here for other ways you can help.) And congratulations to our Game of Phones leaders… see below!



Last year at the time we were crossing the signature-gathering half-way point: 180,000 signatures out of the 360,000 we eventually collected. Next year at this time we will be talking about the moon crossing in front of the sun, a total solar eclipse on M Aug 21 2017. (Prime viewing will be in Oregon at about 10:15am.)

But this year… this year we need to be crossing the street to talk to our friends and neighbors about I-732. And if you’re not keen on crossing the street then you can pick up the phone or help out in lots of other ways; just follow the link here for more options. This year–right now–this is our time! 



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Sightline Weighs In

  • “We find I-732 a worthy policy to put Washington on a path to cutting pollution and encouraging clean energy while also helping low-income families by making Washington State taxes less regressive.”
  • “I-732 would give Washington the continent’s, if not the world’s, most potent, persistent, and comprehensive incentive to move swiftly beyond dirty fossil fuels and to a carbon-free future.”
  • I-732 is revenue-neutral, to the best of anyone’s ability to forecast it[The argument to the contrary] is a red herringI-732 is likely to be much closer to revenue-neutral than the [Department of Revenue’s] forecast suggests… Even if the Department’s estimates are correct, I-732 will still be a rounding error… I-732 will likely have less than a 1 percent impact on state tax revenue for decades.”
  • Initiative 732 does exactly what the scientists and economists prescribe: it sets a science-based, steadily rising price on pollution. The citizens’ initiative covers most of the state’s climate pollution, makes the tax code more progressive, and is administratively elegant.”
  • “I-732 would be the biggest improvement in the progressivity of Washington’s state tax system in 40 years.”

You’ve heard this stuff from us for months, but these quotes are from an independent in-depth 3-part analysis of I-732 from Sightline Institute. Go read the analysis yourself (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). And then here are four things you can do right now to get the word out and support the campaign!

  1. Share these quotes and articles with everyone you know via email, Facebook, Twitter, in-person, etc.
  2. Share them with lots of people you don’t know by writing a Letter to the Editor of your local paper.
  3. Get re-energized to spend the next 95 days participating in our history-making grassroots campaign by emailing me or to get plugged in with our campaign by making phone calls and coming to an event and knocking on doors.
  4. And of course we need your donations so that we can keep rolling until November 8. (Twenty bucks will get you a yard sign! And if your employer provides matching funds to 501(c)(3) nonprofits then you can double your impact by donating to our partners at Better World Credits; email for details.)

New Endorsements

Support Our Partners & Job Opportunities

You know that Audubon Washington is pushing hard for I-732, right? Well, national Audubon has a permanent, full-time field position open in eastern Washington (city TBD) along with 9 similar positions in other states, plusmanager position open that will work with all 10 of the field organizers… so spread the word! And here at Carbon Washington we’ve launched a program to hire a handful of canvassers in King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Spokane County to educate voters in targeted neighborhoods about I-732. If you or someone you know is available for 15-20 hours per week and wants to pass the best climate policy in the nation – send them the job posting

In The News

Great Letters to the Editor from Scott Rhodes in the Skagit Valley Herald and from Laurel Wolf in the Oregonian… congrats and thank you! Elsewhere: It’s got too much climate skepticism and too much of a focus on political in-fighting, but still: this is probably the best carbon tax story that’s ever run on Fox News. (See also “Conservatives must embrace the fight against climate change” by Vernon Lindo of And, on the other side of the political spectrum, organizations with #BlackLivesMatter released a platform that, under the heading of Economic Justice, includes a call to “shift from sales taxes to taxing externalities” and also a call to “expand the earned income tax credit”.) In wonkier news, I co-authored a Brookings Institution paper on state-level carbon taxes. And go read Republican Congressman Richard Hanna’s op-ed endorsement of Hillary Clinton: “Our country is desperate for a functioning two-party system. A system that understands that compromise is the sweet spot of peace in a pluralistic society that values tolerance and inclusiveness. Not these endless attempts to run the table in two- and four-year cycles that produce few results and parties that seem to regard gridlock as an accomplishment… Government has become unable to address big problems. Talking points are presented as if they were solutions. Critical issues like tax reform, infrastructure, immigration, the environment and any future investments in people and assets are relegated to the opinions of the extremes of both parties. Electing Donald Trump will only make this worse, much worse.”

Passing I-732 will be one step to make this better. So go read the Sightline analysis again (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) and then write a Letter to the Editor and join the campaign!

Game of Phones and Social Media Ambassadors

Social media ambassadors: Looking for another way to help? We need our supporters to do more than occasionally like our posts on Facebook, we need you to become a social media ambassadorData shows that voters today receive a majority of their news from social media and are more likely to believe what they hear from their friends than from the media. If you have not already done so, Please like our Facebook page YesOnI732 and follow our @CarbonWA twitter feed. If you are willing to invest a few minutes each week helping with our social media campaign by becoming an ambassador please email When we make posts about important news, events, videos or competitions we need you to like, retweet, and share our posts with a message from you encouraging your friends to share it on their walls as well!

Nights Watch: (2,500 call club!Aaron Tam, Allie Bull, Quillan Robinson

Maester: (1,000 call club) Sarah Greyer, Kyle Murphy, and Judy Wu join Ben Silesky, Carol Reich, Greg Rock, Kara Smith, Laurel Wolf, Mariana Garcia, Mary Stevens, Megan Conaway, Rheanna Johnston

Let’s win!

Yoram and the Yes on 732 team


Momentum is building toward putting a price on carbon! Check out all our new endorsements below and the recent inclusion of a price on carbon in the DNC platform. But we’re not done yet, we still have a lot of work to do to turn this momentum into reality.


put a price on it

Hello, carbon tax friends. If this is your first email newsletter, welcome, and be sure to check out, visit our FAQ page, or join a chapter near you to be a part of the movement! 

“If there was one thing I would like to see, it would be for us to be able to price the cost of carbon emissions.”


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A Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax Ballot Measure Campaign for Washington State


Hello carbon tax friends: If this is your first email newsletter, welcome, and be sure to check out, visit our FAQ page, or join a chapter near you to be a part of the movement! 

The dust is settling.

One of our long-standing goals at CarbonWA has been to move the issue of climate change away from hyper-partisanship and towards a discussion of solutions, even if it requires shaking up the political arena. As the political dust begins to settle around who is supporting and opposing I-732, we think we can earnestly say the political arena has been successfully shaken.



A Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax Ballot Measure Campaign for Washington State


Hello carbon tax friends: If this is your first email newsletter, welcome, and be sure to check out, visit our FAQ page, or join a chapter near you to be a part of the movement!

The Will to Win…

“Champions are made of something they have deep inside them, a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be greater than the skill.”

-Muhammad Ali


Hello Carbon Tax Friends, 

We are excited to share with you the pro statement that will appear in the Washington State voter pamphlet this year. This language is final but we’re happy to hear what you have to say. Just let us know if the comments below.

Yes On 732 – Voter Pamphlet (pdf)

Hello Carbon Tax Friends, 

We have always sought to be honest and forthright with you as we fight our way toward climate action in 2016. Nothing is changing that now.

For years there have been those who seek to oppose action on climate and there continue to be those opposed to climate action today. So there is a statement in opposition to I-732 and you can read it a the linked pdf below. 

This language is final and will be in the voter pamphlet this year but we’d still love to hear your opinions. Just let us know what you think in the comments below.

Let’s WIN!

732 Opposition Statement Final (pdf)

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Last week we told you that it’s on. We showed you how we win by the numbers. And now all we have to do is follow through. We need to connect the dots in the minds of voters who care about climate action. Sometimes that means we get to have fun! This last weekend we had two stellar teams of volunteers out at Sasquatch Music Festival in George, WA, and at Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle.