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.

Join our growing coalition of small business owners, farmers, community leaders, organizations and individuals across Washington who urge a NO vote on I-1631.

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Under I-1631 families and small business would be the ones to pay for a new and unaccountable program

I-1631 would create a new, unelected board with little or no accountability to the public for how billions in taxpayer dollars would be spent.  This new energy tax would increase the prices Washington families and consumers would pay for gasoline, heating fuel, electricity and natural gas, costing the average household hundreds more per year.

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Expect Your Power Bill to Go Up if I-1631 Passes, Say PUDs

Tri-Cities PUDs oppose I-1631 to protect ratepayers from higher energy costs

The public utilities districts serving Benton and Franklin County household in the Tri-Cities region are opposing Initiative 1631 because of the real potential for ratepayers to be harmed if I-1631 were to pass.

From the Tri-City Herald:

KENNEWICK, WA – Both the Benton and Franklin PUD commissions are opposing an initiative on the November ballot that would charge a fee on carbon pollution.

It would raise electric rates for their customers even though the Benton PUD already has a 92 percent carbon-free fuel mix for the electricity it distributes and the Franklin PUD has a 93 percent carbon-free fuel mix, the PUDs said. …

The Benton Public Utility District Commission, which approved a resolution opposing Initiative 1631 on Tuesday, heard from staff that costs would increase between $1 million and $2.1 million in 2020. Consumers would see that reflected in their electric rates.

The Franklin PUD Commission passed a resolution in late August opposing the initiative. Its staff estimated that the immediate impact would be $700,000 to $1 million a year initially, or about a 1 percent rate increase. …

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Expect Your Power Bill to Go Up if Carbon Initiative Passes, Say PUDs

KENNEWICK, WA – Both the Benton and Franklin PUD commissions are opposing an initiative on the November ballot that would charge a fee on carbon pollution. It would raise electric rates for their customers even though the Benton PUD already has a 92 percent carbon-free fuel mix for the electricity it distributes and the Franklin […]

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Observations: I-1631 isn’t just bad for business. It’s bad for everyone.

Initiative 1631, the so-called “carbon tax initiative,” has qualified and will be showing up on your November ballot. If there were ever a proposal that so aptly validated Wallace’s rule on initiatives (when in doubt, vote No), this is it. … Its premise and its ballot title appear wholesome. It’s going to reduce pollution by […]

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The Hidden Impact of a Carbon Pollution ‘Fee’

Every consumer good that is manufactured, grown or imported at some point will spend time on a truck. A truck has some pretty basic primary costs to operate: equipment, labor and fuel.  Depending on the type of operation, fuel can account for about 1/3 of operating costs for a trucking company. … … [O]ne problem […]

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The Price of a Carbon Tax

“[I-1631] will do little to reduce global carbon emissions while placing Washington employers, especially small businesses, at a competitive disadvantage with other states and regions that won’t have to pay the higher energy costs,” [Association of Washington Business President Kris Johnson] wrote. … No On I-1631 Spokesperson Dana Bieber told Lens that “there’s no consequence […]

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