Hello carbon tax friends: Sorry for the pun in the subject line, but lots of great news to share (so much that I failed to get this update out last week, so I’ll cap-and-trade it 🙂
CarbonWA job applications close T March 10! Our campaign co-directors Kyle Murphy and Duncan Clauson are assembling a team of talented organizers to help us build a strong volunteer network, get the word out about CarbonWA, and collect signatures. We are open to candidates across the state, but we are especially interested in hiring in the greater Puget Sound region. More details in this job posting (PDF), please share widely! Applications and inquires can be directed to Kyle@carbonwa.org; closing date for applications is T March 10.
Legislative language: final version (we hope!): One of our winter deliverables was to finalize our legal language, so here’s an annotated copy of a hopefully final (!) draft of our measure (and here’s the measure itself in Word and in PDF). We intend to file our measure this coming Wednesday March 11 (!), at which point it will take about a week to get Code Reviser edits, another week to get a tentative ballot title, and another week or two to get a final ballot title, at which point (early/mid April) we can print petitions and begin collecting signatures!
State chapters: Another one of our winter deliverables was to set up chapters around the state, and we’re happy to announce information on chapters for Bainbridge Island (led by Brian Anderson), Bellevue (led by Rob Marsh), Thurston County (Thad Curtz), Tri-Cities (Steve Ghan), Whatcom County (Andy Day), Whidbey Island (Bob Hallahan), Yakima County (Sara Cate) and the Seattle area (led by campaign co-directors Kyle Murphy and Duncan Clauson). Many of those folks were at the terrific regional CCL conference this past weekend so if you’re keen on pushing for national action as well as state action then find your local CCL chapter here.
San Juan Islands on W March 11: Live on or close to the San Juan Islands? Join Transition Lopez for a screening of Years of Living Dangerously followed by a discussion and presentation by CarbonWA Co-Director Kyle Murphy. Event is on W March 11th, from 7-8:30 at the Hamlet on Lopez Island. Email Kyle@carbonwa.org for more info.
Other events: While Kyle is on Lopez Island on March 11, Cliff Mass will be at Seattle Town Hall, and then I’ll be at Town Hall on M March 16 for a panel on “Putting a price on Washington’s climate pollution” with KC Golden, Todd Myers, and Nicole Keenan. You should be able to get an update on the governor’s climate bill &c at that event, but another opportunity in Seattle will be on Sunday March 15 [not March 11, sorry for the typo in the email blast!] at the Earth Bistro with Sameer Ranade of WEC and Ellicott Dandy of OneAmerica. (There’s also a “New Energy for a New Day” event in Anacortes on W March 25). Further afield it looks like I’ll be in Spokane around April 15, Whidbey Island around April 22, Bremerton on April 25, and Bainbridge Island around April 29, so email me if you want to organize events or a house party while I’m in town! Details on most upcoming events are here.
Readings: Brian Anderson of Climate Action Bainbridge has a post on “Washington State carbon emissions: How do we rate?” Down in Olympia, the state Senate passed a transportation bill (including a “poison pill” about the Low Carbon Fuel Standard) so it’s up to the state House to figure out next steps. (And if you think that’s confusing then wait until you read this.) In more thought-provoking news, check out the op-ed in the NY Times on “Is the environment a moral cause?” And since one of our winter deliverables was to become part of the conversation, I’ll mention this goofy Seattle Met piece and (more importantly) that I was part of a CityClub Civic Cocktail discussion (video here, start at minute 28) with Rod Brown (WCV board chair) and Mike Stevens of The Nature Conservancy. (Next time I’ll take the advice of JS and MM and answer the “spoiler” question by arguing that a ballot measure effort helps the legislative push, as Danny Westneat argues here with respect to the minimum wage.)
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