Below are notes from today’s meeting, which was a good one, thanks everyone!
In attendance: Christy Nordstrom, Marshall Baker, Anne Engstrom, Anna Fahey, Dorothy Craig, Bruce Flory, Riley Morton, Catherine Carey, Yoram Bauman, Phil Mitchell.
* Anna Fahey (Communications Specialist from Sightline) shared with us public opinion research. (This material was sent out by Yoram via emai; Anna didn’t want it posted on the web.) The Yale survey that Phil mentioned is here.
The op-ed is finished (!) and Todd Myers and Bruce Flory are going to submit it to the Seattle Times tomorrow; a nearly-final draft was also sent out via email to avoid putting it on the web.
The website is looking good but we need to work on the About Us page.
There hasn’t been much change on the policy front, but here’s an updated spreadsheet (carbonwa8.xls) that is less busy than the previous version.
On the legal front, Phil’s got a contact who can hopefully help and Yoram is trying to set up a meeting with state constitutional law expert Hugh Spitzer.
On the outreach front, Yoram gave a talk at WWU and some students and faculty were supportive.
One piece of bad news is that signature-gathering pledges are only at 15,000; hopefully the op-ed piece &etc will help build momentum.
And of course there are lots of rumors and opinions about the Waxman-Markey, the WCI, etc. (Following Greg Mankiw, I recommend these pieces voting Yes by Robert Stavins and No by Martin Feldstein.) Our niche is to be ready as a “Plan C” alternative if these measures fail. (Some members of our group want them to fail and some don’t, so our job as a group is to walk the fine line of what-if, and I think the op-ed does a great job of doing that.)
* Next meeting: Thursday July 2, 12-1pm, downtown.