Media Coverage

Post-election coverage

Wildlife more threatened by climate change than previously thought (Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 15, 2017)

More evidence of global melt: Antarctic sea ice at record lows (Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 15, 2017)

Progressives Need to Get Over Themselves and Support This GOP-Backed Carbon-Tax Plan (The Nation, Feb. 14, 2017)

Humans are changing the climate 170 times faster than natural forces (Yale Environment 360, Feb. 13, 2017)

Washington could double down on clean energy (Crosscut, Feb. 13, 2017)

Want ‘climate change consensus’? Let’s form the McChrystal Commission. Hugh Hewitt (Washington Post, Feb. 9, 2017)

‘A Conservative Climate Solution’: Republican Group Calls for Carbon Tax (New York Times, Feb. 7, 2017)

For Republicans, carbon tax isn’t dead, just dormant (Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 3, 2017)

Republicans Try a New Tack on Climate Change (New York Times, Feb. 2, 2017)

Why a climate economist is giving carbon’s ‘social cost’ a second look (Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 1, 2017)

Congress and Trump have begun reversing multiple Obama rules on the environment — and more (Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2017)

In America’s Heartland, Discussing Climate Change Without Saying ‘Climate Change’ (New York Times, Jan. 28, 2017)

Seattle-native-turned-climate-scientist: Numbers don’t lie about human impact on Earth | Jerry Large (Seattle Times, Jan. 26, 2017)

How 21 kids could keep climate websites from going completely dark (Mashable, Jan. 26, 2017)

What Trump Can and Can’t Do to Dismantle Obama’s Climate Rules (New York Times, Jan. 26, 2017)

2016 Officially Declared Hottest Year on Record (Climate Reality Project, Jan. 25, 2017)

As U.S. Cedes Leadership on Climate, Others Step Up at Davos (New York Times, Jan. 21, 2017)

With Trump in Charge, Climate Change References Purged From Website (Jan. 20, 2017)

Americans increasingly view global warming as a threat (, Jan. 18, 2017)

Heating up: Earth breaks record for hottest year, for the third time in a row (Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 18, 2017)

No Hoax: 2016 Was the Hottest Year on Record (Bloomberg, Jan. 18, 2017)

U.S. scientists officially declare 2016 the hottest year on record. That makes three in a row. (Washington Post, Jan. 18, 2017)

Scientists react to Earth’s warmest year: ‘We are heading into a new unknown’ (Washington Post, Jan., 18, 2017)

Xi at Davos Urges Trump to Stay in ‘Hard Won’ Paris Climate Deal (Bloomberg, Jan. 17, 2017)

China’s war on coal continues — the country just canceled 104 new coal plants (Vox, Jan. 27, 2017)

Not even Trump can easily reverse our progress on climate change (Washington Post, Jan. 16, 2017)

Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere | Alex Steffen (Medium, Dec. 15, 2016)

Scientists have a new way to calculate what global warming costs. Trump’s team isn’t going to like it.(Washington Post, Jan. 12, 2017)

His zeal isn’t clear, but Tillerson calls climate change a ‘threat’ (Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 11, 2017)

Scientists just discovered a massive pool of carbon in central Africa that nobody knew was there (Washington Post, Jan. 11, 2017)

This bumble bee was everywhere. Now it’s on the endangered species list. (Washington Post, Jan. 10, 2017)

Antarctica is about to lose an enormous piece of ice. The question is what happens after that. (Washington Post, Jan. 10, 2017)

A new, safer way to monitor the warming oceans (Crosscut, Jan. 9, 2017)

Without action on climate change, say goodbye to polar bears (Washington Post, Jan. 9, 2017)

Obama in scientific journal: ‘The trend toward clean energy is irreversible’ (Washington Post, Jan. 9, 2017)

Nixon went to China. Can Trump do climate change? | Bob Inglis (The Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 20, 2016)

The coming battle between the Trump team and economists over the true cost of climate change (Washington Post, Dec. 22, 2016)

Ecology Department Recommends More Stringent Targets For Carbon Emissions In Washington (KNKX 88.5 FM, Dec. 20, 2016)

Judge: Seattle kids can move ahead with climate rights case (Associated Press, Dec. 20, 2016)

Scientists confirm that warm ocean water is melting the biggest glacier in East Antarctica (Washington Post, Dec. 16, 2016)

This Is What Climate Change Costs Us (New York Times, Dec. 15, 2016)

The Arctic just had its hottest year on record ‘by far,’ scientists say (Washington Post, Dec. 13, 2016)

The U.S. solar industry is booming — and it isn’t afraid of Trump (Washington Post, Dec. 14, 2016)

Shrinking mountain glaciers are ‘categorical evidence’ of climate change, scientists say (Washington Post, Dec. 13, 2016)

Washington State Opinion Polling Shows Strong Support for Climate Action (Plan Washington, Nov. 28, 2016)

Washington teens sue over emissions policy (Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 23, 2016)

The big melt: Sea ice hits record lows at both North and South Poles (Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 20, 2016)

What Trump really means for global progress on climate change (Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 19, 2016)

Letter to Trump: why businesses could be the face of climate progress (Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 18, 2016)

Climate action far from dead in Washington (The Olympian, Nov. 18, 2016)

Take a deep breath and don’t freak out about the future of clean energy under Trump (Washington Post, Nov. 16, 2016)

Carbon Tax, RIP? (Niskanen Center, Nov. 15, 2016)

2016 on course to be hottest on record, says UN weather agency (Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 14, 2016)

Stunningly good news for the planet: Carbon emissions were flat for the third straight year (Washington Post, Nov. 13, 2016)

Carbon Tax Reversal in Washington State (, Nov. 12, 2016)

There will never be a better time to save the planet | Alex Steffen (Medium, Nov. 10, 2016)

Canada PM says to stick to carbon price plan despite Trump win (Reuters, Nov. 10, 2016)

Bridging the partisan divide: Carbon pricing offers efficient climate change solution (Mountain Xpress, Nov. 10, 2016)

Washington State Voters Reject Nation’s First Carbon Tax (Inside Climate News, Nov. 10, 2016)

Washington State Rejects Country’s First Stab At Carbon Tax (Huffington Post, Nov. 9, 2016)

5 Big Wins, 2 Big Losses on Key Eco-Ballot Initiatives (EcoWatch, Nov. 9, 2016)

Washington rejects the Initiative 732 carbon tax — here’s what’s next (Puget Sound Business Journal, Nov 8, 2016)

Earth Just Experienced the Hottest Five Years on Record (Bloomberg, Nov. 8, 2016)

Feeling the burn: 2011-2015 was hottest five-year span on record, UN says (Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 8, 2016)

Naomi Klein Is Wrong On The Policy That Could Change Everything (Carbon Tax Center, Nov. 7, 2016)

To The Left-Green Opponents of I-732: How Does It Feel? (Carbon Tax Center, Nov. 4, 2016)

Why Climate Change Divides Us (Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 12, 2016)


Stories and op-eds about I-732

2016 Proved Reducing Emissions Is Not The Top Goal For Influential Green Groups (Forbes, Nov. 8, 2016)

Are Washingtonians About to Vote Down a Chance to Fight Climate Change? (The Atlantic, Nov 7, 2016)

Washington state’s chance to lead the climate fight | Ned Witting (Crosscut, Nov. 5, 2016)

Green voters seem confused this election (Crosscut, Nov. 5, 2016)

Koch brothers are the latest strange bedfellows in Washington state carbon tax fight (PBS NewsHour, Nov. 4, 2016)

RFK, Jr: Washington Voters Step Up, Pass the Nation’s First Carbon Tax | Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (EcoWatch, Nov. 4, 2016)

Readers’ most important issues and how they affected their votes (Seattle Times, Nov. 4 2016)

Koch brothers chip in money to defeat Washington carbon-tax measure (Seattle Times, Nov. 4, 2016)

Kochs Block Carbon Tax (Seattle Weekly, Nov. 4, 2016)

If you are undecided about I-732, read this before you vote (Cliff Mass Weather Blog, Nov. 4, 2016)

A closer look at I-732 (KING-TV, Nov. 3, 2016)

Carbon tax initiative foes, backers raise last minute cash (Seattle Times, Nov. 3, 2016)

PSE pumps $125,000 into defeating I-732 carbon-tax measure (Seattle Times, Nov. 2, 2016)

Is Coal’s Political Heft Plunging? One State May Be Canary in Mine (New York Times, Nov. 2, 2016)

First Statewide Carbon Tax Is What Our Climate Moment Demands (Yes! Magazine, Oct. 30, 2016)

Support I-732 to give businesses a predictable plan for carbon reduction | Christopher T. Bayley (Puget Sound Business Journal, Oct. 28, 2016)

The left’s opposition to a carbon tax shows there’s something deeply wrong with the left (Washington Post, Oct. 27, 2016)

In Washington, Climate Change Legislation Has A Surprising New Enemy (Huffington Post, Oct. 26, 2016)

Washington State’s Ambitious Carbon Tax Proposal (New York Times, Oct. 24, 2016)

One state tests liberals’ ability to rally around a carbon tax (Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 24, 2016)

Guest Editorial: To Fight Climate Change and Poverty, Vote YES on Initiative 732 (The Stranger, Oct. 24, 2016)

A Climate Change Policy that Benefits the Poor (The Huffington Post, Oct. 23, 2016)

Washington can lead on climate change by passing I-732 | James Hansen (Seattle Times, Oct. 21, 2016)

I-732 is the right moral step to take action on climate change | Gail Gatton (Seattle Times, Oct. 21, 2016)

I-732 proposes incentives, not mandates, in tackling climate change | Todd Myers (Seattle Times, Oct. 21, 2016)

When Climate Campaigners Miss the Point (Bloomberg View, Oct. 21, 2016)

Environmentalists’ Disdain for Washington’s Carbon Tax (Slate, Oct. 20, 2016)

The Endorsements (Seattle Weekly, Oct. 19, 2016)

The left vs. a carbon tax (Vox, Oct. 18, 2016)

The Stranger‘s Endorsements for the November 2016 General Election (The Stranger, Oct. 18, 2016)

It could be the nation’s first carbon tax. And environmentalists are fighting over it (The Washington Post, Oct. 17, 2016)

Why are greens opposing a carbon tax? (ClimateWire, Oct. 17, 2016)

Of Wood and Trees – Environmentalists against the environment in the Evergreen state (The Economist, Oct. 15, 20-16)

How a tax on carbon has divided Northwest climate activists (Los Angeles Times, Oct. 13, 2016)

Time for a carbon tax? A former Bush official says yes (USA Today, Oct. 9, 2016)

Opposition to Washington’s historic carbon tax initiative is coming from the unlikeliest of sources (Think Progress, Oct. 6, 2016)

Should carbon emissions be taxed? WA voters to decide (KUOW, Oct. 6, 2016)

Opinion: Canada just did something awesome that US should copy (John Sutter/CNN, Oct. 4, 2016)

Washington State Could Pass the First Carbon Tax in the Nation (Audubon, Oct. 3, 2016)

Initiative 732: A ‘Carbon Tax Swap’ To Address Climate Change (KNKX, Oct. 3, 2016)

Tax measure flawed but better than no carbon price (The Olympian, Oct. 1, 2016)

You’d think the Sierra Club would back carbon-cutting I-732 – but you’d be wrong (Seattle Times, Sept. 30, 2016)

Sierra Club Members Dispute Sierra Club Position on Carbon Tax Measure (Seattle Weekly, Sept. 30, 2016)

Growth Friendly Climate Proposal (Wall Street Journal, Sept. 28, 2016)

Tax carbon polluters, not working families (Crosscut, Sept. 20, 2016)

Vote on nation’s first carbon tax sets off environmental justice row (Fusion, Sept. 15, 2016)

Carbon-emissions tax initiative stirs strong debate (Spokane Journal of Business, Sept. 8, 2016)

Carbon tax initiative looks like a nail-biter (Crosscut, Sept. 6, 2016)

A Carbon Tax for Thee, But Not For Me (Niskanen Center, Sept. 6, 2016)

“The Nader Moment” for Washington State Environmentalists (Cliff Mass Weather Blog, Sept. 6, 2016)

This Week on the Blabbermouth Podcast: Trump’s Snake and a Carbon Tax Debate (The Stranger, Aug. 31, 2016)

As the Election Heats Up, Voters Could Propel Carbon Taxes (Triple Pundit, August 29, 2016)

Why the Democrats Are Fighting the Biggest Carbon Tax in American History (National Review, August 30, 2016)

Carbon-tax initiative backers press campaign despite green opposition (Seattle Times, August 13, 2016)

Does I-732 go far enough? Progressives can’t seem to agree (Tacoma News Tribune, August 13, 2016)

Carbon tax proposal a practical step to limit climate change (Tri-City Herald, August 13, 2016)

The Case for a Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax in Washington State (Seattle Business, August 2016)

Weighing the Critiques of CarbonWA’s I-732: Three points of contention in Washington’s fight for a carbon-free future (Sightline Institute, August 3, 2016)

Does I-732 Really Have a “Budget Hole”? To the digit that anyone can accurately forecast, the tax swap is revenue-neutral (Sightline Institute, August 2, 2016)

Weighing CarbonWA’s Tax Swap Ballot Initiative: Washington climate hawks’ guide to the pros and cons of I-732 (Sightline Institute, August 1, 2016)

Locals Work to Make Public Aware of Major Carbon Tax Proposal (Whatcom Watch, July 2016)

Sen. Steve Litzow endorses pollution reduction initiative (Mercer Island Reporter, June 23, 2016)

Climate Justice from the Ground Up (, May 27, 2016)

UW students campaign for carbon tax (KING-TV, May 20, 2016)

Can a tax help cut down greenhouse gas pollution? (PBS NewsHour, April 21, 2016)

There’s a cheap, proven fix to the world’s biggest problem (CNN, April 19, 2016)

In Our View: Examine Carbon Tax (The Columbian, March 2, 2016)

Washington’s carbon-pricing fight hits snags (The Olympian, March 1, 2016)

Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Op-ed from Joe Ryan (Feb. 22, 2016)

Ed Mahlum and Joe Ryan: Carbon tax is best climate change solution (Spokane Spokesman-Review, Feb. 20, 2016)

State fiscal office miscalculates carbon initiative’s revenue stream (The Olympian, Feb. 7, 2016)

Will Washington Pass Nation’s First State-Level Carbon Tax? (The American Prospect, Jan. 28, 2016)

(PDFCarbon Washington Co-chair Joe Ryan On the Environmental Movement and Why 2016 is So Important (Washington State Wire, Jan. 27, 2016)

Carbon Tax Initiative Campaigner Forging Ahead, With Humor Intact (KPLU, Jan. 14, 2016)

(PDFThe Right Way to Tax Carbon (Bloomberg View, Dec. 30, 2015)

Carbon tax initiative may cost and save (KIRO-TV, Dec. 30, 2015)

Carbon initiative aims to raise and cut taxes (KING-TV, Dec. 30, 2015)

(PDFCarbon tax may well be in our future (The Olympian, Dec. 29, 2015)

(PDFI-732 could reduce CO2 emissions without new regulations (Bellingham Business Journal, Dec. 30, 2015)

(PDFThese could be the first U.S. states to tax carbon — and give their residents a nice paycheck (Washington Post, Nov. 10, 2015)

(PDFWill Washington be the first US state to have a carbon tax? (Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 25, 2015)

Articles on pricing carbon

Elon Musk Says Even Libertarians Should Back A Carbon Tax (Forbes, July 31, 2016)

What to consider when designing a state-level carbon tax (Brookings Institution, July 26, 2016)

Resolution shows carbon tax has momentum (Washington Examiner, June 8, 2016)

Say Yes to a Carbon Tax (Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 26, 2016)

We are running out of time; Congress should put a price on carbon (Seattle Times, March 23, 2016)

Answering a critic of carbon fee-and-dividend (Clearwater Times, Feb. 2, 2016)

Proof That a Price on Carbon Works (New York Times, Jan. 19, 2016)

A Tax on Carbon Pollution Can Benefit Business (Scientific American, Dec. 1, 2015)

Elon Musk says robust carbon tax would speed global clean energy transition (The Guardian, Dec. 2, 2015)

Elon Musk: Only a Carbon Tax Will Accelerate the World’s Exit from Fossil Fuels (Fortune, Dec. 2, 2015)

Yes, Carbon Taxes Cut Emissions (Bloomberg View, Sept. 29, 2014)

No, Carbon Taxes Don’t Kill Jobs (Bloomberg View, Sept. 30, 2014)

Everyone’s favorite climate change fix (Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 29, 2015)

The Republican solution to climate change (The Atlantic, Nov. 16, 2015)

The Most Sensible Tax of All (New York Times, July 4, 2012)

Where Carbon is Taxed (Carbon Tax Center)

Articles on British Columbia’s carbon tax

A Model Carbon Tax (Washington Monthly, August 5, 2016)

Finance Canada pushing federal carbon tax as way to reduce emissions (The Globe and Mail, June 12, 2016)

B.C. mayors: Stronger carbon tax must be top priority for climate plan (Vancouver Sun, April 11, 2016)

Does a Carbon Tax Work? Ask British Columbia (New York Times, March 1, 2016)

British Columbia’s Carbon Tax: By the Numbers (Carbon Tax Center, Dec. 17, 2015)

How British Columbia Gained by Putting a Price on Carbon (Yale Environment 360, April 30, 2015)

British Columbia’s Tax Architects Speak (Carbon Tax Center, March 3, 2015)

A carbon tax that’s good for business? (The Guardian, July 28, 2014)

The shocking truth about B.C.’s carbon tax: It works (The Globe and Mail, July 9, 2014)

British Columbia Enacted the Most Significant Carbon Tax in the Western Hemisphere. What Happened Next Is It Worked. (Mother Jones, Mar. 26, 2014)

All You Need to Know About BC’s Carbon Tax Shift in Five Charts (Sightline Institute, Mar. 11, 2014)

Proof Positive: The Mechanics and Impacts of British Columbia’s Carbon Tax (Clean Energy Canada, 2014)

Articles on climate change

[Republished] The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here (Rolling Stone, August 5, 2015

Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun (New York Times, Sept. 4, 2016)

China-US agree to ratify climate change pact: Why that’s a big deal (Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 3, 2016)

Climate Change Could Cost Millennials $8.8 Trillion (Next City, August 23, 2016)

Cruel Summer: Floods, fires and heat (Mashable, August 22, 2016)

Think It’s Hot Now? Just Wait (New York Times, August 20, 2016)

Global warming worsened the California drought, scientists say (Washington Post, August 20, 2016)

Louisiana floods: Is this what climate change looks like? (Christian Science Monitor, August 17, 2016)

Fires, Floods, and Scorchers: Earth Destroys Yet Another Heat Record (Bloomberg, August 17, 2016)

By 2085, most cities could be too hot for the Summer Olympics (Washington Post, August 16, 2016)

Bill McKibben: We need to literally declare war on climate change (New Republic, August 15, 2016)

As Earth warms, Americans more polarized than ever on climate (Christian Science Monitor, August 15, 2016)

NASA: July was Earth’s hottest month in history (Seattle Times, August 15, 2016)

Seas aren’t just rising, scientists say — it’s worse than that. They’re speeding up. (Washington Post, August 10, 2016)

State of the climate: Not good, 2015 was hottest year yet (Christian Science Monitor, August 3, 2016)

The world has the right climate goals — but the wrong ambition levels to achieve them (Washington Post, June 29, 2016)

The “greenest governor” vs. the climate kids: Running from Hansen’s science? (Cascadia Planet, June 23, 2016)

Surging high tides? Get used to it (Port Townsend Leader, June 8, 2016)

‘We’ve never seen anything like this’: Arctic sea ice hit a stunning new low in May (Washington Post, June 7, 2016)

Will The Climate Kids Sue Washington Again? (Clean Technica, June 7, 2016)

Youths Who Sued the State Over Climate Change (and Won) Are Going Back to Court “as Soon as Possible” (The Stranger, June 2, 2016)

North American Bird Species Face 30 Percent Decline Across the Board (, May 28, 2016)

Global Warming Cited as Wildfires Increase in Fragile Boreal Forest (New York Times, May 20, 2016)

Far From Turning a Corner, Global CO2 Emissions Still Accelerating (Inside Climate News, May 19, 2016)

King County Judge Makes Historic Ruling Against Washington State in Climate Change Case (The Stranger, April 29, 2016)

Behind climate deal, a changed world (Christian Science Monitor, April 22, 2016)

Stop ruining the future (CNN, April 20, 2016)

How Earth itself has dramatically upped the stakes for the Paris climate accord (Washington Post, April 20, 2016)

Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries (New York Times, March 22, 2016)

Seas Are Rising at Fastest Rate in Last 28 Centuries (New York Times, Feb. 22, 2016)

Those record hot years were almost certainly manmade, scientists say (Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 25, 2016)

2015 Was the Hottest Year on Record (Bloomberg View, Jan. 20, 2016)

2015 Was Hottest Year in Historical Record, Scientists Say (New York Times, Jan. 20, 2016)

2015 is Earth’s warmest year by widest margin on record (NOAA, December 2015)

See How Much CO2 the Earth is Churning Out in Real Time (Bloomberg, Dec. 1, 2015)

Short Answers to Hard Questions About Climate Change (New York Times, Nov. 28, 2015)

Greenhouse gas levels hit record high for 30th year in a row (Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 9, 2015)

What Seattle Will Look Like After 2050 If We Don’t Get Real About Climate Change (The Stranger, June 3, 2015)

Preparing for a Changing Climate (Washington State Dept. of Ecology, April 2012)