Here is the first draft of the carbon tax swap calculator… check it out and see how the CarbonWA proposal would affect your household!
How you can help: We would greatly appreciate your feedback in the Comments section below: Did everything make sense? Did you find any bugs? Do you have any questions? And (most of all) did you come out ahead?!?? Whether or not you came out ahead is actually quite important, so if you’re willing please post your location and maybe we’ll contact you about being an [anonymous] case study!
Also please share with your friends and neighbors! (And of course on your social networks: please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.) And you can also help by coming to…
Outreach/fundraising meeting tomorrow in Seattle: Th Sept 25 at 7pm at Big Time on the Ave. Here’s a Facebook link; for more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PS. The calculator was a ton of work, and planned improvements in the months ahead will be another ton of work, so let’s take a minute to thank the folks whose work made this possible, starting with Summer Hanson, who did invaluable work on the methodology and will hopefully be back on the CarbonWA crew next summer after her junior year at Princeton; Justin Bare, who designed the website and wrote the computer code as his Masters degree project at UW; and yours truly, Yoram Bauman, and by the way I bear responsibility for any errors in the methodology. (See also this Excel version of the calculator: CarbonTaxCalculator11.) Additional thanks to UW Computer Science Professor Alan Borning, whose research includes a focus on “support[ing] civic engagement and deliberation“, and to the rest of the methodology team, which included Savannah Kinzer, Akua Konadu, and Lily Orth-Smith. Additional thanks to Marcia Baker and to all the volunteers (Alan, Aven, Dennis, Eileen, Gwen, Jane, Sharad, and Todd) who provided feedback on drafts!