Campaign News

Hello carbon tax friends: We were so busy last week that we didn’t send out an update (I’ll cap-and-trade it for later!) but here’s the latest about endorsements, petition sheet reminders and targets, readings, rain plans, and don’t forget to mail or turn in petitions sheets no later than Tuesday September 1 so that they count for our August numbers. Also please continue to spread the word about jobs working on carbon taxes, and in particular tell high school or college students you know that they can get a $500 CarbonWA scholarship if they help us hit our signature numbers! (And if you want to fund a $500 CarbonWA scholarship then please make a donation here 🙂

Endorsements: Bill Finkbeiner and Rogers Weed

Last time I teased an endorsement from someone who’s name rhymes with “ink signer”, and that would be Bill Finkbeiner, a Republican who represented Kirkland in the Legislature for 14 years, including as Senate Majority Leader. Stay tuned for more from Bill, who has also joined our Executive Committee!

And we have a bonus endorsement this week: Rogers Weed, former head of the state Department of Commerce. (Here’s a recent Pinchot University interview with Rogers.)

Petition sheet turn-ins and reminders

In addition to getting folks to be ink signers (black or blue ink if possible, and encourage people to print legibly and sign with the same signature that’s on file with the Secretary of State’s office) please remember to send your petition sheets in with your signature on the back and without any other changes: DO NOT cut your petition sheets in half, DO NOT cross out names with a pen or a marker or anything else, and DO NOT continue to collect signatures on pages that have big rips or are otherwise damaged. (Send in those sheets and hopefully those signatures will count, but start with a new page because the Secretary of State may decide to challenge pages that are damaged and pages where the full text of the measure is not completely readable on the back of the page.) Holler if you have any questions, and thank you!

And if you’re in the 250 Club (or the 500 Club, or the 1000 Club) please tell your local chapter leader or otherwise let us know so that we can give you a shout-out in our next update… and send you your free t-shirt!

Signatures to date: 160,000

After passing 100,000 signatures total by the end of July we are pushing hard to pass 170,000 by the end of August. We’re at 160,000 now so please fill up your sheets this weekend and send them in on Monday! (Turn them in to your local coordinator, or bring them by the office—1914 N 34th St, Suite 407—or mail them to us: CarbonWA; PO Box 85565; Seattle WA 98145-1565.)

And a special request: Please do a double-check on top of your dresser and under your sofa to find any signature pages you have around the house and send in any pages with 10+ signatures by Monday. We are in the process of finalizing how many paid signatures and how many volunteer signatures we will need to get to our 315,000 target, and that process depends on having an accurate count, so help us save money and reduce our blood pressure by sending in your pages by Monday. Thank you!

Plans for rain and beyond

With rain forecast for the Puget Sound and perhaps elsewhere please check with your local chapter for alternative plans for signature gathering. Most of the time, the rain won’t be too bad and you can connect with a local organizer to figure out the nearest grocery store or alternate location… or you can carry a good sturdy umbrella!

Beyond that, please check the signature-gathering calendars (in particular here’s Seattle RSVP and Bellevue RSVP forms), reach out to friends and family and neighbors, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, volunteer to make phone calls from your home or help out around the campaign office or help with your local chapter, etc.

Readings

Our campaign co-directors Kyle Murphy and Duncan Clauson co-authored “I-732 is how we make progress on climate” in Crosscut. William Pennell of CCL Tri-Cities penned “A way forward on climate change” in the Tri-City Herald. John Whitmer had a good letter to the editor in the Bellingham Herald and Erica Johnson had a terrific LTE in the Spokane Spokesman-Review. And remember that climate is different than weather, but still: “Hottest July On Record Keeps 2015 On Track To Crush 2014 For Hottest Year”. Finally, a caveat about carbon offsets (which are not necessarily bad, but for the record we don’t have any offsets in our policy): “Kyoto protocol’s carbon credit scheme ‘increased emissions by 600m tonnes’“.

As always, comments are welcome via Facebook or Twitter, and please send your Tales from the Trails, good or bad, to me at yoram@carbonwa.org (please cc: communications@carbonwa.org if you can).

Regards,

Yoram

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