Carbon fee initiative too risky for PUD commissioners

The Cowlitz PUD commissioners Tuesday voted 2-1 to oppose Washington’s Initiative 1631, the proposed carbon fee, fearing it would have unpredictable effects on utility and power prices. …

“The vast majority of the people I spoke to were opposed to the initiative,” she said. “I feel like it’s my obligation to vote the way the county would want me to vote.” …

Commissioner Dave Quinn said he was concerned by how much power the initiative would give to its newly-created board 15-member board to raise fees.

“In my mind, that makes a bit of an unlimited fee that can be charged,” he said. …

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