Campaign News

Clean energy building and constructionThe building and construction trades, which includes Architects, Engineers, General Contractors, Painters, Flooring Installers, Electricians, Plumbers, and other related vocations, will see an increase in new business and new jobs as a result of passing Initiative 732. This is because reductions in the state sales tax realized by this sector will far exceed new energy costs from a carbon tax. The tax swap proposed by I-732 reduces the state sales tax one full percentage point, effectively lowering the cost for new construction and renovation projects in Washington State, while boosting demand. (more…)

We are over TWO-THIRDS toward our match goal of $57,000 so GIVE NOW! 

We knew it would be a lift to raise $57,000 in 9 days, but we came close enough to convince the donors behind the match to give us an extension until October 9th!  We’ve raised nearly $37,000 and we need to rally another $20,000 in 5 days to take full advantage of the match. If you haven’t given recently now is the time to re-up your commitment and if you have thank you and now is the time to take to make the case to your friends that they need to join you in giving to I-732! 

Your financial support now allows us to hire the support needed to expand our field program to target swing voters and to purchase targeted advertising. 

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We are halfway to our Oct 3 match goal of $57,000 so GIVE NOW! 

Due to an amazing sell-out fundraising event with Cliff Mass last week and the ongoing generosity of our small and medium size donors across the state we have raised nearly $30,000 towards our $57,000 match! 

But we need to up our game and complete this fundraising match. We’ve racked up an unbelieveable amount of media coverage and new endorsements – we can win this campaign but we have to get our message out. Our ability to make the case for taking action on climate change now is highly dependent on our ability to raise additional funds. If you want to see I-732 succeed, the most useful thing you can do (besides volunteering your time to contact voters) is make a financial contribution to allow us to bring our message straight to the electorate. 

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It’s the 4th quarter! 

If you read our last email blast you know it’s the fourth quarter in the fight against climate change, we’re behind, and we’re running out of time. But we’ve got the ball and Initiative 732 has managed to slip past the opposing defense and we are wide open in the center of the end zone! 

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Time for another sports metaphor!

Longtime supporters know that we’re fond of using sports metaphors–most famously, that we’re the relief pitcher who’s going to take a swing at the ball–and it’s time for a football analogy to explain the current state of affairs. Here goes: It’s the fourth quarter, we’re behind, and we’re running out of time. But we’ve got the ball and Initiative 732 has managed to slip past the opposing defense and we are wide open in the center of the end zone. The vast majority of people we talk to—70% of the people we meet via door-knocking, phone-banking, etc.—want to throw us the ball, and if they do we have a good shot at winning the game, but the far left and the far right have come together with the goal of throwing the ball away so that we can “try again next year”. The far right doesn’t want to throw us the ball because they’re “football deniers”.

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PRESS RELEASE

The No on 732 Campaign is Misleading Voters

A prominent national energy economist says the No on 732 campaign’s claims that the price of electricity will increase by 20 percent in 2020 under Initiative 732 are “implausible.”

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Cliff Mass – Climate Surprise: Unexpected Impacts of Global Warming in the Pacific Northwest

Cliff Mass, I-732

Click here for tickets to see Cliff Mass!

Wednesday, Sept. 28 — 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The Mountaineers (map)
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

See our VIP list!

6 p.m. VIP Wine and Cheese Reception – $100 (Early-Bird Pricing)
7:30 p.m. Presentation by Cliff Mass – $20

All proceeds help pass I-732: The Climate Change Initiative

To purchase tickets, please visit our Eventbrite page

Access a printable flyer here.

NEW! Read Cliff’s latest blog post about Initiative 732.

letter-to-the-editorThanks to the large group of I-732 supporters who regularly send letters to editors in all parts of Washington. Here are excerpts from several recently published letters:

Every news cycle seems to illustrate there isn’t time to lose. Why not finally get pro-active about climate change? Grab the chance to show the rest of the country how it’s done: this November, help to finally establish a progressive state tax on greenhouse gas emissions (while cutting our regressive sales tax at the same time!). For the sake of our kids, vote “Yes!” on I-732. — Bruce Bonifaci, Poulsbo (Kitsap Sun)

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We are entering the final stretch of the campaign. We have the opportunity to pass one the most important wins on climate in North America, if not the world. We continue to add new endorsements (see below!), staff, and engage in debates across the state but we still need to reach thousands of voters before November 8th. We need all of you to pick up your phones, walk your neighborhood, and flyer at your local events. Not sure how you can help? Check out our For Volunteers page for everything you need to get started or to find an event.

So Let’s Do This!

New Endorsements!

The I-732 team continues to give presentations around the state and ask for endorsements and I am please to announce three new endorsements:

  • The 32nd Legislative District Democrats (Shoreline/Lynnwood)
  • The 42nd Legislative District Democrats (rural Whatcom County and NW Bellingham)
  • The 46th Legislative District Democrats (Seattle/Kenmore/Lake Forest Park)
  • Burien City Councilperson, Austin Bell

Upcoming events

New location! On W Sept 28 in Seattle with UW meteorologist Cliff Mass we will have a wine-and-cheese reception followed by a lecture at The Mountaineers (7700 Sand Point Way, Seattle, WA  The Mountaineers; details and tickets here!

Just Announced!On W Oct. 17Seattle CityClub October Civic Cocktail – Yoram will take part in a moderated debate about I-732; details and tickets here!

  • Th Sept 22 in Seattle we’ll be hanging out with tax lawyers
  • Th Sept 24 Snohomish High School Annual Campaign Breakfast
  • Much more to come! Email us if you have other ideas to fill up the calendar and get the word out!

We’re (still) hiring…

We continue to have great feedback from volunteers that are engaging with voters across the State and so we are continuing to expand our team hiring fellows (in Seattle), canvassers (in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties), and unpaid interns (everywhere). Details here, please help spread the word! And feel free to come by and say hi to the ever expanding I-732 team and pick up a t-shirt, yard sign or bumper sticker!

In the news

Lot’s of great news again this week. First up – The Business Case To Mobilize Against Climate Change: Jobs And Innovation with a quote right out of the gate from Bloomberg New Energy Finance chair Michael Leibriech stating “Solar power delivers cheapest unsubsidized electricity ever, anywhere, by any technology.” The New York Times has a new piece titled: Americans Appear Willing to Pay for a Carbon Tax Policy with the statement that “Americans appear willing to pay more than a robust climate policy is projected to cost.”

Our own Greg Rock presents a strong case for why voters should support I-732 in a debate on TVW, check him out here! And Kyle Murphy does a great job presenting I-732 in a mini-debate on King 5 – Inside Politics. Fusion.net has a piece on the campaign: Vote on nations’ first carbon tax sets off environmental row. We have two new Letters to the Editor (LTE), one in the Peninsula Daily News by Dick Stockment and another in the Issaquah Reporter by George Reynoldson. If you would like to submit an LTE of your own send an email to Ali@carbonwa.org.

Volunteers in (Climate) Action!

732 Fellow Judy Wu has put together a great series of interviews titled Humans of I-732. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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Game of Phones! 

We have 18 new folks on the board and many others moving up in the rankings! If you are looking for ways to help pass I-732 visit our Volunteer Page for all the ways you can help.

Maesters: Phillip Singer – New, Mary Paynter – New, Leah McClintock-Shapiro – New, Karissa Jones – New, Andrew Taylor – New, Alissa Neuman – New, Qijing Yao, Kyle Murphy, Mariana Garcia, Mary Stevens, Rheanna Johnston

Night’s Watch: Ren Wilcox – New, Laurel Wolf – New, Kara Smith – New, Carol Reich, Emma Hewitt, Judy Wu, Sarah Geyer, Ben Silesky, Greg Rock

Warden of the North: Megan Conaway – New, Allie Bull – New, Aaron Tam – New, Quillan Robinson

Let’s win!

Duncan and the Yes on 732 team

 

Carbon Washington and Initiative 732, KING 5’s Inside Politics

KING-TV’s Natalie Brand and Alison Morrow hosted a debate this past weekend on Initiative 732.

KING-TV’s Natalie Brand and Alison Morrow hosted a debate this past weekend on Initiative 732. Kyle Murphy, co-director of the Yes on 732 campaign, spoke in favor; Ellicott Dandy of OneAmerica spoke against the measure. Among the issues covered in the debate: how effectively the initiative will reduce carbon emissions, the provisions that will help protect low-income families, and the urgency of taking climate action now.

Watch the debate on KING5.com.