Campaign News

Hello carbon tax friends: The special session in the legislature continues, but this is a good week for stepping back and stepping up as we continue gearing up for the November ballot… including the last few days of our campaign moneybomb!

Stepping back and stepping up

No politician or policy proposal is perfect, and that’s true of I-732 as well. But after spending the past few months under the legislative microscope, it’s time to step back and look at the big picture, which is that 2016 is a can’t-miss opportunity for climate action and that I-732 is a great step in the right direction. We’ve learned so much and accomplished so much… and now we need your help as we step up:

First, our $15k moneybomb goal ends at midnight on Monday March 21, so donate here to help us finish strong! (You can also mail a check to PO Box 85565, Seattle, WA 98145-1565.) And don’t forget: Donations of $200 or more get you a free signed copy of my Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change. I’d be happy to sign it to you or to somebody on your gift list, and if you’d rather have one of my Cartoon Econ books or one of Ramez Naam’s Nexus sci-fi trilogy that’s fine too. Just make a donation of $200 or more (or a recurring donations of $20 per month or more) and we’ll be in touch to iron out the details!

Second, come learn about and advocate for I-732 at our upcoming events:

* In Olympia on Sat March 19, the Olympia Climate Activists Convention (please register here) will be at the Olympia Center (222 Columbia St NW in downtown); the agenda includes CarbonWA campaign co-director Kyle Murphy.

* All around the state, the Presidential Primary Caucuses are on Saturday March 26 for Democrats. *Please* email Kyle@carbonwa.org if you plan to attend as they will be great opportunities to spread the word about I-732 and encourage the party to adopt good climate policy as a core principle! (And PS last week I mistakenly wrote that the Republicans would be meeting on Thursday March 24, but apparently their primary will actually be on T May 24.)

* In Seattle on Sat April 9, Kyle and Ben we will be hosting a kickoff event and campaign plan session. (More details and an RSVP form here!)

* In Vancouver on T April 12, Yoram and Laurel will be putting on an educational event at WSU Vancouver. (More details next week, RSVP via email to Laurel@carbonwa.org.)

* On Bainbridge Island on Th April 14, Kyle will be joining a Climate Action Bainbridge meeting. (Email Kyle@carbonwa.org to attend if you are new to CAB.)

More events across the state coming soon… and if you want to set one up in your neck of the woods just email Kyle at Kyle@carbonwa.org.

In the news

New records for February for high global temperatures and low Arctic sea ice. Maybe that’s part of why ClimateProgress has “Americans’ Concern About Climate Change Is Growing”: “64 percent of adults say they are worried a “great deal” or “fair amount” about global warming, up from 55 percent at this time last year.” (For a more scientific take, Mike recommends Heidi Cullen’s NYT op-ed “What Weather Is the Fault of Climate Change?”) Kyle recommends this thought-provoking piece from 2012 on why marriage equality ballot measures that year won in Washington State and elsewhere, and I recommend just the headline of this Tina Rosenberg piece in the NYT: “Ideas Help No One on a Shelf. Take Them to the World”.

Thanks for stepping up on the moneybomb and we’re looking forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!