Opinion

Letters: I-1631 would be costly and wouldn’t work as promised

… In the end everyone in the state will see a dramatic increase in their cost of living due to higher gas prices and increased utilities costs. It has been stated that in the first year I-1631 will generate $1 billion with no clear course of action. This money will be overseen by a public […]

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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 […]

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Letters: I-1631 will not help our environment, vote ‘no’

… [I-1631], proposed as a “fee” on carbon emissions, would be placed on heating fuel, natural gas and electricity, in addition to gasoline. These fees are a blank check for the state whenever it needs more money. And, that means higher and higher gasoline and utility prices. What we have here is another costly tax […]

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Letters: Another tax

… If this is such a good plan, why are polluting companies exempt? … So adding a minimum of 14 cents to a gallon a gas is considered a good idea for the working class? There’s a reason these types of taxes with fraudulent names are difficult to pass. Only the state coffers win. I […]

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Billions in new taxes and no guarantee of carbon reductions

Initiative 1631 is many things, but it is not the climate solution proponents make it out to be. In reality, I-1631 is a flawed, unfair energy tax that would force Washington families, small businesses and consumers to pay billions more in taxes for gasoline, home heating costs, electricity, natural gas and pretty much anything else […]

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Proposed fee threatens families

Southwest Washington family budgets are under siege from higher gasoline prices, spiking property taxes, rents, and, soon, tolling in some form to the extent that buying shelter, food, water, energy, and transportation is no longer a given for many wage earners. … Now comes Initiative 1631, which if passed in November imposes a fee on […]

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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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Commentary: Carbon Tax Measure Could Harm Economy, Families

Initiative 1631 is the latest iteration of a measure aimed at reducing carbon emissions by placing a fee on carbon producers. … [I-1631] would impose a “carbon fee” on about 100 industrial emitters across our state, including oil refineries and natural gas power plants. This would also increase the price at the pump by about […]

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