Hello carbon tax friends: I’ve been fighting off a cold this week, so this will be a short update, but stay tuned for more news in a week or two because campaign co-directors Kyle and Duncan have been working hard on planning out the months ahead!
New draft legislation: One of our winter deliverables was to finalize our legal language, so we’ve filed a new draft with the Secretary of State and will get our official ballot title and summary later this month. You can see the legal language itself here. Over the next week I’ll be posting annotations to make it more understandable, but feel free to post comments and questions. We’re on track to file a final version on March 11, the first day that we can file our Initiative to the Legislature.
Events: Divest UW will be part of Global Divestment Day today (Friday Feb 13) with a “mock marriage ceremony” between UW and the coal industry at 12:10pm in UW’s Red Square. Details here. Also CarbonWA’s Ben Silesky will be in Tacoma visiting UPS on Feb 17 and PLU on Feb 19. Then the CCL Greater Pacific Northwest Regional Conference is coming up March 7-8 in Seattle; CarbonWA will be tabling and I’ll be doing my comedy-and-carbon-taxes routine on Saturday March 7. Early-bird registration ends this Saturday! And Cliff Mass will be at Town Hall on March 11. (He’s advising Governor Inslee to “drop the Cap and Trade approach and move to a carbon tax.”) Details on all our events here!
Readings: “Most Republicans Say They Back Climate Action, Poll Finds” from the NY Times. Also David Brooks in the NY Times: “government is best when it chooses the steady simple thing over the complex clever thing”. An interesting Seattle Times editorial: “Voter initiatives need to include funding balance.” Regarding goings-on in Olympia, here are two articles on the new Senate transportation bill (Seattle Times and Everett Herald) and some articles about the Governor’s climate bill: “Governor’s climate-control proposal faces business opposition” from the North Kitsap Herald, see also the editorial in the Washington State Wire and the “alternative” proposal from a business group called the Washington Climate Collaborative. (In my opinion they’ve got a weak plan.)