Campaign News

Hello carbon tax friends: This week we’ve got new Executive Committee members, new support for CarbonWA, and new Tales from the Trails. We hope all the good news will help renew your spirit and energy levels as we keep charging forward with the campaign, so please check the signature-gathering calendars (in particular here’s Seattle RSVP and Bellevue RSVP forms), reach out to friends and family and neighbors, 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. We’re doing great and just need to keep it up!

Upcoming events

Don’t forget about Tuesday night’s “Halftime Show” party in Seattle: RSVP here if you can and bring friends to celebrate with special guests, staff, volunteers, and yours truly as we approach the halfway point in our quest to get on the ballot!

And I’ll be doing events Wednesday and Thursday in Olympia: details here or email me or Thad Curtz ( for more info.

New Executive Committee members

We are delighted to announce that two new members have joined the Executive Committee:

Ramez Naam is a computer scientist and award-winning author. He spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams developing early versions of Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, and the Bing search engine. He’s the multiple-award-winning author of five books, including The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, which made a case for a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Ramez lectures on energy, environment, and innovation at Singularity University, where he serves as Adjunct Faculty.. His website is

Sharon Nelson is a lawyer who has served as chair of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. She has also served as board chair of Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, and from 2003-2006 she was Chief of the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington Attorney General’s Office.

CarbonWA plug from guess who? Steven Chu!

Heck, I’m just going to bold the whole thing:

“A revenue-neutral carbon tax like the I-732 proposal in Washington State is the right way to tackle climate change in a way that’s fair to American households, and that works for American businesses.”

— Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy (2009-2013) and winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics.

And if that’s not enough, stay tuned for next week, when we’ll announce a big endorsement! (Hint: rhymes with “ink signer” 🙂

250 Club update

Apologies for leaving out (in my update last week) new 250 Club members Dr. Charles Forster and Eleanor Hungate in Yakima and Gary Piazzon on Whidbey Island. Congratulations and make sure to reach out to us to get your complementary CarbonWA t-shirt (!).


This week’s only reading is from the Tacoma News Tribune editorial board: “Let’s have conversation on state carbon-pricing plan”. Here’s the best part: “Washington is about to have a public conversation about carbon. A signature campaign now under way would put a British Columbia-style carbon tax on the ballot next year. It’s being run by mavericks outside the environmental establishment. Mainstream groups [appear to prefer a] cap-and-trade system [but they] should not lightly dismiss the proposed tax initiative. It has the virtue of being revenue-neutral and easy to explain: ‘You tax carbon emissions, then you give all the money back to the public by lowering the sales tax, giving tax credits to the working poor and tax relief to manufacturers.'” Thanks to the TNT editorial board for hitting the nail on the head, and thanks to CarbonWA Communications Lead Lindsey Klemp and Pierce County staffer Trace McKellips for joining in on a meeting we had last month with the TNT!

Tales from the Trails

John Messerly writes that “a signature gatherer is how I first heard about [Carbon Washington]. Was about to catch a bus, but then I saw ‘carbon tax’ & definitely had to sign.” (John is now a donor and a volunteer signature gatherer himself!)

Louise Stonington (a terrific CarbonWA volunteer and also a huge supporter of Citizens Climate Lobby) writes that “I collected signatures in Renton on Sunday. Several people had read the Seattle Times article and asked me if this was the initiative mentioned in the article. When I said ‘yes’ they promptly signed. So, it is my observation that the increased publicity helps 732.”

Campaign co-director Kyle Murphy writes: “Gathering at the Capitol Hill Block Party, I was competing with singing auditions for “Empire” (a silly tv show) and canvassers for Lyft, Planned Parenthood, and more. Yet through it all, a group of hippies spotted me and ran straight toward me (blowing off all the others) to sign, saying ‘you are the only person here we care about, thank you so much!'” Kyle also reports that “While gathering at Cal Anderson Park I stumbled upon a kickball game between the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the Quake LGBT Rugby Club. I have never seen so many men playing kickball in tutus and high heels, been called ‘honey’ so many times, or filled an entire page as quickly.”

As always, comments are welcome via Facebook or Twitter, and please send your Tales from the Trails, good or bad, to me at (please cc: if you can).

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