Campaign News

Hello carbon tax friends: It’s crunch time as we head towards our goal of 100,000 signatures by the end of the month, so like many of you I was out gathering signatures last week and didn’t send out a weekly email blast. (I will cap-and-trade it for some future week when we have big news :). This week’s update will also be short and sweet:

How you can help

Check the signature-gathering calendars (in particular here’s Seattle RSVP and Bellevue RSVP forms), reach out to friends and family and neighbors, host a fundraising house party with Events Fundraiser Ellen Lockert, write a check (or donate online), encourage young people or other folks you know to apply for a summer job working on carbon taxes, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter; volunteer to make phone calls from your home or help out around the campaign office or help with your local chapter, etc. etc.

PS. We’re looking for campaign interns to gain some skills and have fun with our terrific Events Fundraiser Ellen Lockert. Here’s more details about the position, thanks for passing the word around, and we’ve got other intern positions open as well so if you or somebody you know wants to help in some other capacity other than fundraising please email a resume to campaign co-director Kyle Murphy at (And thank you and best wishes to outgoing interns Dominique Atherley and Alex Mezentsev for their terrific contributions to the campaign!)

New staff

Please welcome new staffers Rheanna Johnston in Bellingham (where she will be joining forces with staffer David Jackman and volunteer Andy Day and others in Bellingham and at WWU) and Trace McKellips in Pierce County (where he will be joining up with the chapter led by Jana Fischback in Tacoma.) Our website has bios for Rheanna and Trace (their email addresses are and the rest of our terrific staff!

New endorsements

We got a terrific endorsement from UW’s Cliff Mass. Go read the whole thing! And we got a unanimous endorsement from Kitsap County Democrats following a terrific presentation from Brian Anderson and Erika Shriner of Climate Action Bainbridge.

New media hits

Carbon Washington is the central story in “The Climate’s Backup Plan” in the Seattle Weekly. Please add comments online (and/or send in Letters to the Editor) and stay tuned for more next week!


John C. recommends the somewhat depressing (but carbon-tax positive!) “Innovation Sputters in Battle Against Climate Change” from the NY Times. And the Seattle Times has the even more depressing “Inslee the ‘greenest’ governor? Not so much” as the banner headline in Sunday’s paper. (That article also has a shout-out to carbon taxes from our advisory board member Todd Myers of the Washington Policy Center: “Myers favors a revenue-neutral carbon tax of the sort in place in Vancouver, B.C.” Actually, the carbon tax covers all of B.C., but that’s okay :).

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