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Contributions from Puget Sound Energy and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers obstruct important climate policy

Seattle, October 28, 2016 – According to Public Disclosure Reports filed on October 27, 2016, the Association of Washington Business (AWB), sponsor of the No on 732 campaign, has accepted over $400,000 in big fossil fuel money. The primary donors are Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers. According to the most recent Fuel Mix Disclosure (FMD) report, PSE emits more carbon pollution than any other utility in Washington State; 35 percent of PSE’s electricity comes from dirty coal, which causes both CO2 emissions and related local air, water, and soil pollution that cause asthma, respiratory disease, cancer, and other illnesses. PSE’s funding of the I-732 opposition campaign obstructs the passage of important climate policy that will addresses the root causes of climate change and make Washington State’s tax system fairer.

AWB Continues to Mislead Voters

In an op-ed today in the Puget Sound Business Journal, AWB President Kris Johnson claims that in Washington State, “carbon emissions are down 18 percent [since 1990] according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.” In fact, EPA data (supported by data from the state Department of Ecology) shows that carbon emissions have increased two to four percent in that time period.

The AWB also continues to mislead voters with faulty data about the impact of I-732 on families in the state. The figure in their video ad for household electricity costs is based on data which was exposed as erroneous by The News Tribune, The Seattle Times, and the State Department of Commerce. Dallas Burtraw, a senior fellow at Resources for the Future and one of the nation’s foremost experts on environmental regulation in the electricity sector, called their findings “implausible.”

About Initiative 732

I-732 represents the most effective climate policy and the most progressive tax shift in decades in Washington and is designed to move the state toward two goals – cleaner energy and fairer taxes – with the following policy objectives:

  • Tax pollution, not people. I-732 will add a $25 per ton tax to polluting fossil fuels
  • Pay less at the cash register. I-732 reduces the state sales tax by one percentage point, putting hundreds of dollars a year back into the pockets of each household in Washington
  • Support working families. The policy funds the Working Families Tax Rebate, providing up to $1,500 a year for approximately 460,000 low-income households
  • Promote innovation and economic growth. I-732 supports business growth and job creation by effectively eliminating the Business and Occupation Tax on manufacturing

About Carbon Washington

Carbon Washington is a non-partisan grassroots group of scientists, economists, former elected officials, business owners and concerned citizens focused on seeking a solution to climate change that works for businesses and households around the state. The group developed Initiative 732 as a revenue-neutral approach to taxing carbon pollution while encouraging economic growth for families and businesses in Washington. To learn more about I-732, view endorsements from around the state, and get involved, visit and follow on twitter @carbonwa.

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