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Hello carbon tax friends: We’ve got our noses to the grindstone, pushing to reach 100k signatures by the end of the month (!), but in addition to asking for your help on that front here are some 250 Club updates and a handful of good readings and more fabulous Tales from the Trails!

How you can help

Check the signature-gathering calendars (in particular here’s Seattle RSVP and Bellevue RSVP forms), reach out to friends and family and neighbors, host a fundraising house party with Events Fundraiser Ellen Lockert  and write checks (or donating online), encourage young people or other folks you know to apply for a summer job working on carbon taxes, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter; volunteer to make phone calls from your home or help out around the campaign office or help with your local chapter, etc. etc. Everyone can do something, so thank you for helping out however you can!

PS. We brainstormed a new idea, which is for other grassroots groups to do some fundraising by helping Carbon Washington: see here for details, but the basic idea is that we’ll pay your group $1 a signature (the same rate we pay through our summer job offer for individuals) for signatures that your group gathers in July!

250 Club update

In last week’s June review I missed congratulating Ande Finley on Lopez Island for joining the 500 Club and Seattle staffer Ben Silesky for passing 1000 signatures. My apologies and congratulations! (And please send me info on any other omissions or updates.)


Seattle Times columnist Johnathan Martin summarizes the legislative session: “[Governor Inslee’s] biggest losses came on his biggest priority: addressing climate change… Inslee swung for the fences, and barely hit the outfield… But in scoring points off Inslee, the GOP also kicks a couple of cans down the road: addressing climate change with a carbon tax and the state’s regressive tax code with a capital-gains tax. Polls show Washington voters are open to both. Olympia’s failure to enact them have renewed discussion of putting them directly to voters in an initiative. Those measures should be put to voters, and I think they’ll pass.

Other interesting readings:

  • CarbonWA Advisory Board member Todd Myers (who doesn’t speak for the campaign, but whose perspective is worth considering) writes that “State and city climate policy is mired in symbolism”.
  • See also the follow-up Letter to the Editor from CarbonWA and CCL supporter David Chapin.
  • And Carol and Ray Dellecker had another nice LTE in the Bellingham Herald.
  • Our Events Fundraising guru Ellen Lockert has a nice op-ed on Inside Bainbridge.
  • Australian graphic artist Start McMillen wrote a great piece on “Green Tax Shift” in 2010; click the drawing to make it bigger, and too bad Australia’s carbon pricing policy got bogged down.
  • Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakaria writes that “The smartest new policy would be the simplest, and one supported by many diehard free marketeers, such as Reaganite Republican and former treasury secretary George Shultz: a carbon tax.”
  • UU Minister Marilyn Sewell discusses the “Top Ten Reasons We Don’t Talk About Climate Change”.
  • The self-imposed carbon tax at Microsoft has cut emissions and saved the company $10 million a year.
  • Here’s a Rasmussen Reports survey on how much Americans are willing to pay to address climate change, and here’s one of many recent articles about the shortcomings of polls.
  • Finally, some thoughts from FDR, speaking about the Great Depression but with insights into climate action: “The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. The millions who are in want will not stand by silently forever while the things to satisfy their needs are within easy reach.”

Tales from the Trails

Seattle staffer Laurel Wolf writes: “Gathering at the Georgetown Carnival I was doing great until a community marching band suddenly appeared around me dressed all in blue and sparkles. Needless to say I was no longer the main attraction!”

A few weeks ago we highlighted the idea of setting up a table outside your home to get signatures from neighbors and passers-by. (Here are two examples, from John C and David F.) John C now adds that direct exposure to the sun can fade the petition sheets and notes that “I have also discovered this wonderful invention called a tree that keeps the uv rays off the petitions with very little maintenance required. And it also keeps a mild sprinkle from wetting the petitions. Marvelous.”

This week’s story from yours truly: I was at the U-Village Starbucks and the fellow sitting next to me struck up a conversation, so of course I turned the conversation to I-732, and he said “That’s where I disagree with you. Climate change is the second biggest hoax in the world!” So of course I had to ask him what the biggest hoax was, and without missing a beat he said “Evolution!”

A similar story with a happy ending from Erika Shriner, who reports “Was collecting signatures this morning in a crowd with a good supply of rednecks.  Some fairly amazing explanations of why climate change is a hoax… But what was interesting was the couple who gladly signed the petitions and then announced they were politically conservative and said this initiative really made sense.”

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