I-1631’s New $2.3 Billion Escalating Energy Tax Would Force Washington Consumers to Pay Billions in Higher Costs for Electricity, Gasoline and Natural Gas
I-1631 on the Washington statewide ballot this November would impose a new escalating energy tax on Washington families, small businesses and consumers. A state analysis shows I-1631 would cost consumers more than $2.3 billion in the first five years alone, costing the average Washington household hundreds more per year in higher costs for gasoline, heating fuel, electricity, and natural gas. These costs would continue to increase every year with no cap.
Filled With Unfair Exemptions That Make No Sense
I-1631 would exempt many of our state’s largest polluters, including a huge coal-fired power plant, iron, steel and aluminum industries, pulp and paper mills, aircraft manufacturers, chemical manufacturers and many other large corporate emitters. Additional exemptions may be added at any time. In fact, 8 of the state’s top 12 carbon emitters would be exempt from 1631, while consumers and small businesses would pay billions.
No Accountability for Spending, No Guarantee of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The risks posed by climate change are real, but I-1631’s new, unfair energy tax is a deeply flawed approach to climate policy for our state. It would force Washington families, farmers, small businesses and consumers to pay billions in higher energy costs – while exempting many of our state’s largest polluters, and providing no specific plan or accountability for spending billions in taxpayer dollars.
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