Campaign News

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TVW, the statewide cable public affairs network, has released its video voters’ guide to 2016 political races and ballot initiatives. Gail Gatton, executive director of Audubon Washington, speaks in favor of Initiative 732:

“When my children were little, they spent hours helping their grandfather feed and watch hummingbirds. As I came to understand that climate change was threatening the existence of these birds, I recognized that we have a moral obligation to take action on climate for the sake of all life on earth, including our own children and grandchildren. I support I-732 because I want to do everything possible to make the future one where my children can continue to see hummingbirds . . .”

Watch Gail’s complete statement on TVW.

In 42 days (on Friday Oct 21) ballots go out in the mail, and in 60 days (on Tuesday Nov 8) the election will be over. Stay tuned for more on our election night party (!) but now is the time to help with the final push. Just follow the link here for different ways you can help, and please help now. In a few weeks we hope to be getting editorial board endorsements and significant national media attention, but right now—the calm before the storm, or our Valley Forge, or however you want to think of it—right now is when we need to lay the groundwork for victory.

PS. As promised, last week I did my first phone-banking via CallFire… I haven’t figured out if it’s more fun or less fun than signature-gathering (!) but it’s important to remember that for every person you actually talk to, CallFire leaves a Yes on 732 voicemail for 2 or 3 people who didn’t pick up the phone. Please give it a try, instructions are here. Everyone can do something! (Follow the link here for other ways you can help.) And congratulations to our Game of Phones leaders… see below!

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Last year at the time we were crossing the signature-gathering half-way point: 180,000 signatures out of the 360,000 we eventually collected. Next year at this time we will be talking about the moon crossing in front of the sun, a total solar eclipse on M Aug 21 2017. (Prime viewing will be in Oregon at about 10:15am.)

But this year… this year we need to be crossing the street to talk to our friends and neighbors about I-732. And if you’re not keen on crossing the street then you can pick up the phone or help out in lots of other ways; just follow the link here for more options. This year–right now–this is our time! 

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BlabbermouthIn this week’s Blabbermouth podcast, The Stranger’s Eli Sanders hosts a debate between Ramez Naam, representing Yes on 732, and Jill Mangaliman from Front and Centered, over whether Washington State voters should approve I-732. Sanders notes, “This isn’t the usual debate between global warming deniers and people who want to tax big oil in order to save the planet. It’s a different kind of debate, a debate between people on the left and people on the further left. At issue: whether this particular carbon tax is progressive enough when it comes to helping disadvantaged communities.” We encourage you to listen to the podcast, share it with friends, and let us know what you think.

LISTEN (starts at 12:15)

PRESS RELEASE

I-732 is the best framework for environmental protection that won’t break the bank”

Sen. Joe Fain, R-47

Sen. Joe Fain, R-47

SEATTLE, August 19, 2016 – Senator Joe Fain (R) joins an expanding group of Republican legislators endorsing Initiative 732, the country’s first revenue-neutral carbon tax initiative. Economists across the political spectrum agree that the most important thing that we can do to take action on climate is to put a price on carbon. I-732’s revenue-neutral approach to carbon pricing, which encourages clean energy solutions by shifting the tax burden onto carbon pollution and away from regressive and burdensome taxes that hurt families and businesses, has proven to be an attractive model for legislators and concerned citizens with a variety of political views. Sen. Fain’s support builds on recent endorsements from Sen. Mark Miloscia (R), Sen. Steve Litzow (R), former State Senator Bill Finkbeiner (R), former Secretary of State George Shultz (R), and legislators on both sides of the aisle.

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Save the dates and upcoming events

  • Just confirmed! On W Sept 28 in Seattle with UW meteorologist Cliff Mass we will have a wine-and-cheese reception in Kane Hall followed by a lecture; details TBD but save the date!
  • Coming soon, RSVP now! On T August 30 in Seattle we are hosting a BBQ at Gasworks Park from 6:30-8:30pm. Bring your family and friends and please RSVP on Facebook or on our events form.
  • This Sunday in Spokane: Join campaign co-director Kyle Murphy and volunteers at a campaign meetup at 11am at Atticus Coffee; email Kyle if you need more details.
  • On the horizon: W Sept 14 in Spokane we’ll be part of a State of the Green Economy discussion; F Sept 16 in Oak Harbor I’ll be speaking at the Rotary Club; Th Sept 22 in Seattle we’ll be hanging out with tax lawyers; W Oct 5 in Seattle with Seattle 4 Rotary; and Th Oct 20 in Pullman and Spokane, details TBD. Email us if you have other ideas to fill up the calendar and get the word out!

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As Election Day draws closer, interest in I-732 is growing. Here are four top stories from the past week:

Seattle Times: Carbon-tax initiative backers press campaign despite green opposition by Hal Bernton

Tacoma News Tribune: Does I-732 go far enough? Progressives can’t seem to agree by Matt Driscoll

Tri-City Herald: Carbon tax proposal a practical step to limit climate change by Steve Ghan

Seattle Business: The Case for a Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax in Washington State by Mike Vaska

Also, I-732 campaign co-chair Yoram Bauman recently debated Puget Sound Sage Executive Director Rebecca Soldana before the Seattle Times editorial board. You can watch their exchange on TVW, the statewide public affairs network.

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“It is time to take the politics out of the climate change debate”

SEATTLE, August 16, 2016 – Demonstrating growing bipartisan support for Initiative 732, the country’s first revenue-neutral carbon tax initiative appearing on the November ballot, Republican Senator milosciaphoto-750xx676-901-0-0Mark Miloscia joined Republican Senator Steve Litzow, former Republican State Senator Bill Finkbeiner, former Republican Secretary of State George Shultz, and a growing list of legislators on both sides of the aisle who have endorsed I-732. A bipartisan coalition of support is critical to passing I-732 in Washington in November, and inspiring carbon pricing policies elsewhere across the country that will protect our children and future generations from the harmful impacts of climate change.

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Bellingham City Club Debate

Yoram Bauman, co-chair of the Yes on 732 campaign, recently had a lively exchange with Jeff Johnson, president of the Washington State Labor Council, at a debate sponsored by Bellingham City Club. Both presented their views on Initiative 732 — Bauman supporting its effectiveness in reducing carbon emissions and increasing tax fairness, and Johnson explaining why he opposes it. Watch the debate.

 

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Seattle-based Fox News Channel reporter Dan Springer recently covered the opposition I-732 has attracted from several environmental groups. Watch his report.

Springer mentions that I-732 was recently endorsed by Audubon Washington. “We are thrilled to have Audubon Washington, an organization with a steadfast commitment to conservation and environmental protection, supporting the Yes on I-732 campaign,” said Joe Ryan, campaign co-chair. “Audubon has been at the forefront of research and awareness related to the devastation global warming will have on birds and other wildlife. The clear human impact of increased drought, wildfires, sea level rise, and other damaging impacts of climate change underscores the moral urgency to take climate action now. We are eager to work together to pass I-732.”

Sightline Institute, a sustainability think tank, has addressed the criticisms by I-732’s opponents. Their conclusion: “. . . for us at Sightline, and judged exclusively on the basis of policy, not politics or political strategy, the policy’s flaws are cause for concern but are dwarfed by I-732’s potential benefits.”