September 2016


It’s the 4th quarter! 

If you read our last email blast you know it’s the fourth quarter in the fight against climate change, we’re behind, and we’re running out of time. But we’ve got the ball and Initiative 732 has managed to slip past the opposing defense and we are wide open in the center of the end zone! 



Time for another sports metaphor!

Longtime supporters know that we’re fond of using sports metaphors-most famously, that we’re the relief pitcher who’s going to take a swing at the ball-and it’s time for a football analogy to explain the current state of affairs. Here goes: It’s the fourth quarter, we’re behind, and we’re running out of time. But we’ve got the ball and Initiative 732 has managed to slip past the opposing defense and we are wide open in the center of the end zone. The vast majority of people we talk to—70% of the people we meet via door-knocking, phone-banking, etc.—want to throw us the ball, and if they do we have a good shot at winning the game, but the far left and the far right have come together with the goal of throwing the ball away so that we can “try again next year”. The far right doesn’t want to throw us the ball because they’re “football deniers”.


Here is the VIP list of confirmed attendees
Tickets to the VIP section are limited

Cliff Mass – Meteorologist and Climatologist


  • Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D)
  • Senator Joe Fain (R)
  • Rep. Gerry Pollet (D)
  • Senator Mark Miloscia (R) – Candidate for State Auditor
  • Rep. Jake Fey (D)

Business Leaders

  • Howard Behar – Former President of Starbucks
  • David Giuliani – Inventor of Sonicare

Organizational Leaders

  • Gail Gatton – Audubon Washington Executive Director
  • Jennifer Syrowitz – Audubon Washington Chapter Conservation Manager
  • Bruce Agnew – Cascadia Center Director

Carbon Washington Executive Committee Members

  • Yoram Bauman, Co-Chair – Environmental Economist Ph.D.
  • Joe Ryan, Co-Chair – Retired Environmental Attorney
  • Kyle Murphy, Campaign Co-Director – Campaign Professional | Founder Divest UW
  • Duncan Clauson, Campaign Co-Director – Environmental Policy MPA
  • Greg Rock, Legislative Outreach – Sustainable Energy Engineer M.Sc.
  • Kate Pflaumer, Retired United States Attorney
  • Sharon Nelson – Retired Utilities and Transportation Commission Chairman
  • Mike Massa – Technology & Engineering Professional
  • Menno van Wyk – Retired CEO Montrail, Inc

Honorary Guests Attending in Spirit

  • Jim McDermott – Congressman (D)
  • Senator Maralyn Chase (D)
  • Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (D)
  • Ramez Naam – Author, Speaker, Futurist






The No on 732 Campaign is Misleading Voters

A prominent national energy economist says the No on 732 campaign’s claims that the price of electricity will increase by 20 percent in 2020 under Initiative 732 are “implausible.”


Cliff Mass – Climate Surprise: Unexpected Impacts of Global Warming in the Pacific Northwest

Cliff Mass, I-732

Click here for tickets to see Cliff Mass!

Wednesday, Sept. 28 — 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The Mountaineers (map)
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

See our VIP list!

6 p.m. VIP Wine and Cheese Reception – $100 (Early-Bird Pricing)
7:30 p.m. Presentation by Cliff Mass – $20

All proceeds help pass I-732: The Climate Change Initiative

To purchase tickets, please visit our Eventbrite page

Access a printable flyer here.

NEW! Read Cliff’s latest blog post about Initiative 732.

letter-to-the-editorThanks to the large group of I-732 supporters who regularly send letters to editors in all parts of Washington. Here are excerpts from several recently published letters:

Every news cycle seems to illustrate there isn’t time to lose. Why not finally get pro-active about climate change? Grab the chance to show the rest of the country how it’s done: this November, help to finally establish a progressive state tax on greenhouse gas emissions (while cutting our regressive sales tax at the same time!). For the sake of our kids, vote “Yes!” on I-732. — Bruce Bonifaci, Poulsbo (Kitsap Sun)




We are entering the final stretch of the campaign. We have the opportunity to pass one the most important wins on climate in North America, if not the world. We continue to add new endorsements (see below!), staff, and engage in debates across the state but we still need to reach thousands of voters before November 8th. We need all of you to pick up your phones, walk your neighborhood, and flyer at your local events. Not sure how you can help? Check out our For Volunteers page for everything you need to get started or to find an event.

So Let’s Do This!

New Endorsements!

The I-732 team continues to give presentations around the state and ask for endorsements and I am please to announce three new endorsements:

  • The 32nd Legislative District Democrats (Shoreline/Lynnwood)
  • The 42nd Legislative District Democrats (rural Whatcom County and NW Bellingham)
  • The 46th Legislative District Democrats (Seattle/Kenmore/Lake Forest Park)
  • Burien City Councilperson, Austin Bell

Upcoming events

New location! On W Sept 28 in Seattle with UW meteorologist Cliff Mass we will have a wine-and-cheese reception followed by a lecture at The Mountaineers (7700 Sand Point Way, Seattle, WA  The Mountaineers; details and tickets here!

Just Announced!On W Oct. 17Seattle CityClub October Civic Cocktail – Yoram will take part in a moderated debate about I-732; details and tickets here!

  • Th Sept 22 in Seattle we’ll be hanging out with tax lawyers
  • Th Sept 24 Snohomish High School Annual Campaign Breakfast
  • Much more to come! Email us if you have other ideas to fill up the calendar and get the word out!

We’re (still) hiring…

We continue to have great feedback from volunteers that are engaging with voters across the State and so we are continuing to expand our team hiring fellows (in Seattle), canvassers (in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties), and unpaid interns (everywhere). Details here, please help spread the word! And feel free to come by and say hi to the ever expanding I-732 team and pick up a t-shirt, yard sign or bumper sticker!

In the news

Lot’s of great news again this week. First up – The Business Case To Mobilize Against Climate Change: Jobs And Innovation with a quote right out of the gate from Bloomberg New Energy Finance chair Michael Leibriech stating “Solar power delivers cheapest unsubsidized electricity ever, anywhere, by any technology.” The New York Times has a new piece titled: Americans Appear Willing to Pay for a Carbon Tax Policy with the statement that “Americans appear willing to pay more than a robust climate policy is projected to cost.”

Our own Greg Rock presents a strong case for why voters should support I-732 in a debate on TVW, check him out here! And Kyle Murphy does a great job presenting I-732 in a mini-debate on King 5 – Inside Politics. has a piece on the campaign: Vote on nations’ first carbon tax sets off environmental row. We have two new Letters to the Editor (LTE), one in the Peninsula Daily News by Dick Stockment and another in the Issaquah Reporter by George Reynoldson. If you would like to submit an LTE of your own send an email to [email protected].

Volunteers in (Climate) Action!

732 Fellow Judy Wu has put together a great series of interviews titled Humans of I-732. I hope you enjoy their stories.




Game of Phones! 

We have 18 new folks on the board and many others moving up in the rankings! If you are looking for ways to help pass I-732 visit our Volunteer Page for all the ways you can help.

Maesters: Phillip Singer – New, Mary Paynter – New, Leah McClintock-Shapiro – New, Karissa Jones – New, Andrew Taylor – New, Alissa Neuman – New, Qijing Yao, Kyle Murphy, Mariana Garcia, Mary Stevens, Rheanna Johnston

Night’s Watch: Ren Wilcox – New, Laurel Wolf – New, Kara Smith – New, Carol Reich, Emma Hewitt, Judy Wu, Sarah Geyer, Ben Silesky, Greg Rock

Warden of the North: Megan Conaway – New, Allie Bull – New, Aaron Tam – New, Quillan Robinson

Let’s win!

Duncan and the Yes on 732 team


Carbon Washington and Initiative 732, KING 5’s Inside Politics

KING-TV’s Natalie Brand and Alison Morrow hosted a debate this past weekend on Initiative 732.

KING-TV’s Natalie Brand and Alison Morrow hosted a debate this past weekend on Initiative 732. Kyle Murphy, co-director of the Yes on 732 campaign, spoke in favor; Ellicott Dandy of OneAmerica spoke against the measure. Among the issues covered in the debate: how effectively the initiative will reduce carbon emissions, the provisions that will help protect low-income families, and the urgency of taking climate action now.

Watch the debate on


TVW, the statewide cable public affairs network, has released its video voters’ guide to 2016 political races and ballot initiatives. Gail Gatton, executive director of Audubon Washington, speaks in favor of Initiative 732:

“When my children were little, they spent hours helping their grandfather feed and watch hummingbirds. As I came to understand that climate change was threatening the existence of these birds, I recognized that we have a moral obligation to take action on climate for the sake of all life on earth, including our own children and grandchildren. I support I-732 because I want to do everything possible to make the future one where my children can continue to see hummingbirds . . .”

“I want to make the future one where my children can see hummingbirds…” @GailGatton

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Watch Gail’s complete statement on TVW.

In 42 days (on Friday Oct 21) ballots go out in the mail, and in 60 days (on Tuesday Nov 8) the election will be over. Stay tuned for more on our election night party (!) but now is the time to help with the final push. Just follow the link here for different ways you can help, and please help now. In a few weeks we hope to be getting editorial board endorsements and significant national media attention, but right now—the calm before the storm, or our Valley Forge, or however you want to think of it—right now is when we need to lay the groundwork for victory.

PS. As promised, last week I did my first phone-banking via CallFire… I haven’t figured out if it’s more fun or less fun than signature-gathering (!) but it’s important to remember that for every person you actually talk to, CallFire leaves a Yes on 732 voicemail for 2 or 3 people who didn’t pick up the phone. Please give it a try, instructions are here. Everyone can do something! (Follow the link here for other ways you can help.) And congratulations to our Game of Phones leaders… see below!