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Washington state voters should reject Initiative 1631

Imposing a carbon fee would be a costly, unfair and ineffective tax: Opposing view

… Should one of the cleanest, greenest states in the nation saddle itself with billions in new energy taxes for a badly written measure that will have no impact on climate change? Initiative 1631 is a deeply flawed, unfairly drafted energy tax that would force Washington families, small businesses, farmers and consumers to pay higher […]

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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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Washington already low carbon leader, without new I-1631 energy tax

Washington employers, employees and residents share the goal of reducing carbon emissions, as evidenced by state’s low carbon footprint. Despite a 43 percent growth in population since 1990 — and 260 percent economic growth — Washington’s residents and employers have implemented solutions that have lowered carbon emissions by 18 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental […]

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OPINION: I-1631 is counterintuitive

Reducing carbon emissions is a laudable goal, but Initiative 1631 would make it harder to accomplish, due to the proposal’s extraordinary expense and lack of focus. There are more effective ways to protect our environment than I-1631’s massive tax increase, unaccountable politically-appointed board, taxpayer funded multi-billion dollar slush fund and nebulous plan. … In Western […]

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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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Bark: Vote no on Initiative 1631

Voting for I-1631 is not a matter of supporting environmental protection or opposing it. It’s good that we have a bill like it on the ballot, but just because it is Washington’s only option this midterm season, doesn’t mean it is the best option. We cannot, out of guilt or fear, impulsively support a proposal […]

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Arguments for and against I-1631’s carbon fees

While the aim of [I-1631] is to “do something” for the environment, the research shows very little climate change in return for the investment. … What do we really know about I-1631? Not very much, it turns out. The Yes side has spent an entire campaign avoiding talk of costs or what projects might get […]

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I-1631 energy tax would hit workers and small businesses

I’ve carried a union card almost all my adult life and I will tell you this: It’s the little people who will bear the brunt of this initiative, paying the billions of dollars in new taxes. Don’t believe me? Most corporations won’t pay the tax. They took the generous exemptions handed out by initiative supporters. […]

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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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I-1631 will cost you plenty without helping the climate

When you live in eastern Washington, particularly outside of the city, you spend a lot of time in the car. Driving long distances is a necessity here, whether for business or just to see friends and family. That’s why I dug into the facts on Initiative 1631, and am voting no. The research proves this […]

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