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Little margin for error with carbon tax

If Initiative 1631 is approved by voters next week as part of an effort to reduce Washington’s already low carbon emissions, there would be little margin for error if the state is to meet its target goals for 2035. That is the conclusion of a study released Oct. 17 conducted by the Low Carbon Prosperity […]

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Avista Utilities speaks out on Washington’s carbon fee initiative

SPOKANE — Initiative 1631 is a controversial ballot measure that would charge a fee on carbon emissions from fossil fuels. In an email sent to customers Wednesday, Avista Utilities says the initiative will hit people the most in the wallet. … On Wednesday, Avista sent an email to their customers alerting them of the effect […]

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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 […]

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Carbon fee initiative’s benefits weighed against rising gas cost in Yakima Valley

Agricultural organizations such as the Washington Farm Bureau, Washington Association of Wheat Growers, Washington State Dairy Federation, Washington Cattlemen’s Association and the Washington Tree Fruit Association have voiced opposition to [Initiative 1631]. Jon DeVaney, president of the Washington Tree Fruit Association said [I-1631’s] increase of gas prices would negatively impact farmers and agricultural workers, making […]

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Study estimates carbon tax costs

When all’s said and done, a carbon fee proposed under Initiative 1631 would increase total costs for the average Washington household by $440 in 2020 and nearly $1,000 by 2035. That’s according to a report conducted by global firm NERA Economic Consulting (NERA) and commissioned by the No on 1631 campaign. … The state Office […]

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A climatologist’s argument against I-1631’s carbon fee

Initiative 1631, to appear on the upcoming November ballot, aims to impose a fee on carbon polluters in the state while taking action against climate change. But if you truly care about climate change, and doing something about it, then you should reject I-1631, according to one Seattle climate scientist. “I think it’s a very […]

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Surprise! 17 WA Labor Unions Join to Oppose I-1631

In a move that has some political experts raising an eyebrow, a group of some 17 labor unions representing more than 100,000 members have formally released a statement condemning and opposing I-1631, commonly known as the “Carbon Tax” Initiative. According to the release that came out this week The NO on 1631 group says these […]

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Clark Public Utilities: Carbon-fee initiative might raise rates

Memo to board outlines potential impact of I-1631

Clark Public Utilities’ costs and electricity rates would increase if Washington voters approve charging a direct fee on carbon pollution to fight climate change, utility officials say. … [Initiative 1631’s fee] would cost Clark Public Utilities about $10 million the first year in added carbon costs, increasing annually to nearly $52 million through 2050, according […]

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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 […]

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