No vote urged on pollution fee initiative

We now oppose a similar effort to impose a carbon tax — now dubbed a pollution fee — through Initiative 1631. We urge a no vote on I-1631 on the November ballot. …

The wording of I-1631, which mandates “pollution fees on sources of greenhouse gas pollutants and use the revenue to reduce pollution, promote clean energy, and address climate impacts, under oversight of a public board,” doesn’t change the reality that this is a state carbon tax. …

We expect the increase in energy prices under I-1631 would be similar to those estimated for Inslee’s plan. …

Again, we aren’t against efforts to curb pollution, but they need to occur in conjunction with many other states. Using a state initiative to literally try to save the world simply isn’t prudent.

Vote no on I-1631.

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