Campaign News

Hello carbon tax friends: We’re four weeks from qualifying I-732… see the signature countdown below, plus 250 Club updates, events in Ellensburg and Yakima, and lots of good readings!

Signature count-down

Our goal is 330,000 signatures, and last week we were at 294,862. We are now at 304,057, so we’ve got 25,943 left to go… and you know the drill: check the signature-gathering calendars (in particular here’s Seattle RSVP and Bellevue RSVP forms), share our signature-gathering job postings with students and others who need a bit of cash, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, volunteer to make phone calls from your home or help out around the campaign office or do data entry from home, help with your local chapter, etc. Special note: Did you know that you can gather signatures at malls? You need to contact the mall first and you need to stay in a designated area, but staffer Laurel Wolf can help you with all that so contact if you’re interested in staying warm and dry as you help I-732 on the home stretch! (Also contact Laurel if you want to help staff a table at Northgate Mall from 12-2pm or 2-4pm on this or future Saturdays or Sundays!)

250 Club (and October Signature Challenge winners!)

Congratulations to our new members of the 250 Club (and please contact us if you don’t already have your CarbonWA t-shirt!): Bob Ellis in east King County, Ed Watcher and Todd Mitchell in Seattle, Jennifer Miller in Olympia, and Judy Kaplan on Whidbey Island. They join previous 250 Club members Heidi Cody in Vancouver; Ed Chadd in Port Angeles; Gary Piazzon on Whidbey Island; Gretchen Allison and Scott Finley on San Juan Island; Cindy Jayne and Dick Stockment in Port Townsend; two supporters from Climate Action Bainbridge (Frank Gremse, and Barb Zimmer); three supporters in Yakima (Peter Dufault, Chuck Foster, and Eleanor Hungate); five supporters from east King County (David Chapin, France Giddings, Eric Hanson, Marilyn Mayers, and Court Olson); five supporters from Olympia (Tom Holtz, Carole Richmond, Susan Sunshine, Frank Turner, and Jack Zeigler); and 21 people in Seattle (Robin Briggs, Kyle Conyers, Chris Covert-Bowlds, John C., Alex Dolk, Keith Ervin, Bruce Flory, Polly Freeman, Savannah Kinzer, Sean Kraft, Raphael Ladmer-Price, Galen LaPlante, Alex Lenferna, Rob Marsh, Phil Mitchell, Tim Newcomb, Nancy Penrose, Mishu Pham-Whipple, Bill Roach, Phil Singer, and Fritz Wollett). [Update: Also Julia Bent and Scott McClay in Seattle and Amy Nielson, Rosa Rice-Pelepko, David Scheer, and Joe Wiederhold in Bellingham.]

Double congratulations to folks who have hit 500 signatures: Ron Lindsey and JL, both in Seattle. They join Larry Lowther in Ellensburg; Chom Greacen from Lopez Island; Betty Hauser in Olympia; three supporters from east King County (Chris Diehl, Laura Rivendell, and staffer Jason Puracal); three members from Climate Action Bainbridge (Omie Kerr, Mary Clare Kersten, and Alex Mezentsev); four supporters from Bellingham (Andy Day, David Gary, Ben Larson, and John Whitmer); and four supporters in Seattle (John Lombard, Alan Ness, Anne Shields, and campaign co-director Duncan Clauson). [Update: Also Bruce Bonifaci with Climate Action Bainbridge and Anna Paulson, Kayta Tourtillot, and Andew Zvilna in Bellingham.]

Quadruple congratulations to David Foutch in Seattle for passing 1,000+ signatures. He joins Louise Stonington from east King County; Ande Finley from Lopez Island; Thad Curtz and Penny Purkerson in Olympia; staffers David Jackman and Rheanna Johnston in Bellingham; four supporters from Climate Action Bainbridge (Brian Anderson, Cheryl Hunter, Gerlind Jenkner, and Erika Shriner); and a mess of Seattle folks (Bob Jeffers-Schroeder, Mike Massa, Ben Pfeiffer, Julia Robinson, Aaron Tam at UW Seattle, yours truly, campaign co-director Kyle Murphy, and Seattle staffers Ben Silesky and Laurel Wolf). And extra bonus congratulations for folks with 2000+ signatures (Ben Pfeiffer and Gerlind Jenkner), folks with 3000+ signatures (staffers Ben Silesky and Laurel Wolf), and Bob Jeffers-Schroeder for passing 4000! [Update: Also Herb Hethcote with Climate Action Bainbridge and Dave Hopkinson in Bellingham.]

And here are the winners of our October Signature Challenge: Third prize winners (who get a donated gift, everything from restaurant certificates to kayaking rentals to a brewery tour) are Phil Mitchell, Phil Singer, David Foutch, and Kevin Tempest of Seattle, Bob Ellis and Chris Diehl in east King County, and Linda Selsor and Betty Hauser in Olympia. Second prize winners (who get dinner at a restaurant of their choice with two Executive Committee members) are Anne Shields and Alan Ness of Seattle (who are also both a handful of signatures away from joining the 1000 club as well!) and John Whitmer in Bellingham. And the grand prize winner (who gets a fabulous weekend on Lopez Island) is Thad Curtz in Olympia. Congratulations!! And PS stay tuned next week for our thank-you to financial contributors (last chance to opt-out if you’d prefer to not be thanked on our website!).


This coming week I’ll be giving a talk at CWU in Ellensburg on Monday Nov 9 (at Sue Dining in Kamola Hall from 6-7pm) and a lunch talk at the Yakima Rotary Club on Th Nov 12. And on the evening of T Nov 17 there will be a volunteer meet-up in Seattle at Peddler Brewing in Ballard featuring special guest Mike McGinn… email for details!


Congratulations to Alaska Airlines for being named the most fuel-efficient airline in the USA by the International Council on Clean Transportation! And here’s a new report from Clean Energy Canada on the future of climate action in BC. Here’s a thoughtful call to action from Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo from Florida, and here’s the New Yorker on “Will Republicans finally embrace clean energy?” From our neighbor to the south we have “Carbon tax could help hit state climate goal” in the Portland Tribune, and for those of you interested in the latest on Governor Inslee’s executive order there’s this explainer from Sightline’s Kirstin Eberhard. Also, the EPA is looking for youth contributors for a climate justice gathering. Finally there’s Heather Smith’s article in Grist: “How do you make conservatives care about climate change? An expert shares tips.”

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