The campaign for Initiative 732 kicked off in Seattle on Saturday, April 9. Among those in the audience — PBS economics correspondent Paul Solman and his producer, Lee Koromvokis. Here’s how PBS.org summarizes Solman’s report for Earth Day on PBS NewsHour:
Is making pollution expensive the best way to combat climate change? Economist Yoram Bauman thinks so — he’s spearheading a campaign for a carbon tax in Seattle. But the proposal is raising opposition, and has brought together some unlikely bedfellows on both sides of the debate. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
By Ramez Naam
“This Earth Day, let’s get really big stuff done for our planet. What are we waiting for? The time is now.” That’s the Earth Day Network’s call to action, from an organization that’s been successfully expanding awareness of environmental issues for 46 years. Yet, even with the growing awareness of the problem of climate change, we need far more concrete action to tackle the planet’s biggest environmental threat. Even here in Washington State, where we have a reputation for environmental leadership, we’re still far short of sound climate policy.
SEATTLE, April 21, 2016 – Dr. James Hansen, the former NASA scientist who sounded the alarm on climate change nearly 30 years ago, and Dr. Richard Gammon, a former NOAA scientist who oversaw the worldwide measurement of carbon dioxide, have endorsed Initiative 732. They join a growing list of leading climate scientists, business leaders, economists, public officials, and social and environmental leaders supporting I-732.
“We must act now in the fight against climate change,” said Dr. Hansen. “I-732 is an effective starting point. Its reasonably transparent revenue neutrality makes it better than anything currently in place in the United States. Achievement of the proposed plan for reducing carbon emissions in Washington would push the discussion toward a national approach a long way in the right direction.”
This Thursday evening (April 21), Carbon Washington’s University of Washington Chapter will host a program entitled, “Pricing Pollution: Washington State’s Carbon Tax.” The program runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Johnson Hall Room 175, on the UW campus in Seattle. The discussion will cover the environmental, economic and social benefits of carbon pricing, and the success of a similar carbon tax implemented in British Columbia in 2008. Attendees will get a chance to ask questions and learn how to get involved in climate action. The program is free and open to the public. For more information: http://www.cte.uw.edu/Events/JHN
From the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline website:
OLYMPIA, Wash. — In November, voters here may make their state the first in the U.S. to impose a tax on carbon-based fuels such as coal, gasoline and natural gas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. . . .
The ballot measure here could pave the way for efforts in other states, mostly in New England, that are also considering fees on carbon pollution. The efforts in those states are legislative, rather than voter initiatives.
From the Islands’ Weekly:
All of us have experienced the effects of climate change firsthand. Here in the Northwest it has been relatively mild compared to the superstorms, extreme drought, more frequent wildfires, and sea level rise that have battered other locations all over the globe. Climate action can’t wait. I-732 tackles this critical issue by lowering taxes on things we want more of (like jobs and purchasing power) and raising them on things we want less of (carbon emissions).
Love clean energy? Come join us for a screening of a new film on the rise and challenges of solar power across the U.S.
On Wednesday, April 13, Yes on I-732 supporters will gather at the AMC Loews Oak Tree cinema for a 7 p.m. screening of Catching the Sun.
Then buy your tickets here: https://www.tugg.com/events/93422
As the bright full moon set and the pre-dawn fog lifted to reveal a crisp and clear February morning, nearly 80 supporters arrived in Olympia to participate in meetings scheduled with legislators in 22 districts across the state. Traveling largely by carpool, participants arrived ready to talk to their legislators about the importance of taking climate action and request endorsements for I-732. (more…)
This op-ed piece was written by Carbon Washington co-chair Joe Ryan and published in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News on Monday, Feb. 22.
The 2015 wildfire season was the worst on record in Washington. Wildfires burned at least 300 homes, more than one million acres and caused $340 million in damages across the state. Three Twisp firefighters were killed and another was severely injured. Further, 2015 was another catastrophic drought emergency year, severely impacting irrigated agriculture and our quality of life. Unless something is done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, years like 2015 will become the “new normal.” (more…)