Port of Longview Commissioners oppose carbon tax initiative

Port of Longview Commissioners Jeff Wilson and Doug Averett voiced opposition to Initiative 1631 at Wednesday morning’s board meeting. …

Wilson said he believes initiatives are important because they can act as a ballot for the public. But he — like Averett and Walsh — has concerns about the governance outlined in Initiative 1631.

The measure would include assembling a 15-person board to oversee fees charged to some greenhouse gas producers. …

Wilson, Walsh and Averett all said they have concerns about having a board comprised of appointed members rather than elected members.

The port “absolutely” wants to reduce its carbon footprint, Wilson said, but it already has measures in place to do so.

“As a port, we’re doing the right things now,” Wilson said. “1631 sounds good, but turning the pen over to a non-elected official … I can’t support it.” …

“The last thing we need is something that’s going to drive industry away,” Averett said. “This is something that should not be passed.”

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