Hello carbon tax friends: This week we’ve got great endorsements and great signature-gathering events, which is great because the end of June is in sight and we need your help to hit our signature targets… and our $10k matching challenge!
“So far I-732 is the only horse in the race, so we recommend support for it. It can be debated in the Legislature in January. It’s time to put a price on carbon pollution.“
And when it rains it pours, because on the same day a Paul Elwood op-ed in The Olympian included an endorsement for CarbonWA. And as if that wasn’t enough, a fellow climate activist asked UC Berkeley energy and climate expert Daniel Kammen about CarbonWA, and here’s what he said:
“Carbon Washington’s carbon emissions fee of $25 is the kind of tax we all should love; it is one that benefits us all directly, and through the 70% of the fee that goes to offset sales tax. It is a winner all around, and one that sends a powerful signal that we absolutely can clean the air while cutting our everyday costs.”
Last but not least, if an endorsement from a climate rock star isn’t enough for you, we’ve also got an endorsement from an actual rock star: Krist Novoselić, best known as the bassist for Nirvana, spends a lot of his time these days on election reform and other political activism, including collecting signatures for Carbon Washington! He’s been generous with his financial support, too, and speaking of financial support…
We’ve got until the end of the month to meet a $10,000 match, and we’re only $1500 away, so please help if you can (via the website or send a check payable to CarbonWA to PO Box 85565, Seattle WA 98145-1565, please include your address, occupation, and employer) and thank you to everyone who’s helped us so far.
Fill your sheets up this week and then mail them in next week so we can include them in our June tally! This weekend’s events: Our 20+ chapters around the state have lots of opportunities this weekend and beyond, leading up to the Fourth of July, so check the signature-gathering calendars for full details (and here’s Seattle RSVP and Bellevue RSVP forms). In particular, Seattle folks please come to Pride festivities this weekend, especially before and after the parade on Sunday; Bellingham folks get free pizza (and turn in your June signature pages!) at the June 30 summer kick-off, and everyone please make sure to take care of yourself with water, food, and sun protection because it’s going to be hot this weekend, with NOAA projections of up to 94F in western Washington and up to 108F in eastern WA. (See graph below.) The good news is that our “global warming stress test” should make it easy to convince voters that climate change is worth thinking about! (You might also send them this story about stink bugs and agriculture: “This year’s mild winter was a boon to the stink bug, an invading insect from Asia with a formidable appetite for berries, tree fruits and vegetables.”)
PS #1: Even if it’s too hot for you to be out collecting signatures, set up a table outside your home to get signatures from neighbors and passers-by. Here are two examples, from John C and David F, please make sure not to tear or cut the petition sheets and please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need petition sheets or materials. (You can also download some of the informational materials from our website.)
PS #2: Please continue to pass our job posting around to high school or college students looking for a summer job working on carbon taxes!
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