“If there was one thing I would like to see, it would be for us to be able to price the cost of carbon emissions.”
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“Passing I-732 would let Washington state set the national example of putting a price on carbon emissions. Do you want to lower the sales tax by 1%, and make large-scale polluters pay their fair share instead? Do you want to incentivize green energy, while providing a just transition to lower-income families? (Are you tired of government gridlock and inaction on this issue?) Let’s act on climate now, with the plan that will jump-start our future with clean energy. Let’s make history. Vote YES on I-732.“
In the news and LTE shout-out.
This week we’ve got Letters to the Editor (LTEs) from Kara Smith in the Columbian, Mariana Garcia in the Redmond Reporter, and Sara Cate in the Yakima Herald. Great work! (And we need a steady stream of these to land across the state so please get started on one and email us a copy, get drafting help, or let us know if its printed by emailing email@example.com.)
Elsewhere, there’s a lot in the news about Governor Inslee’s decision to appeal the “climate kids” lawsuit: see The Stranger and Cascadia Planet. Nationally, the Democratic Party platform committee rejected the call for a carbon tax. [The video discussion is in the 5:38:00 – 5:50:00 window here, starting with Bill McKibben.] Those articles just go to show that I-732 isn’t the only point of internal disagreement about climate action; see also this NYT article about the rift between labor and environmentalists. (The NYT also notes that “[Trump’s views] on trade, immigration, guns and the environment have considerable support from white working-class Democrats.”) But remember that we have a moral obligation to take action on climate, and the sooner we start the better off things will be for us and for future generations: Carbon Brief has this Carbon Countdown graphic and the associated analysis: “Only five years left before 1.5C carbon budget is blown”. (On a lighter note, here’s a great Tom Toles cartoon about the need to act.)
This week we want to give a shout out to Ian Crozier! He’s off to a great start calling Washington State voters and telling them about I-732. We will be having hundreds of thousands of great conversations with voters between now and November so be sure to register and start making calls! Just click here to get started.
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