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Washington’s Carbon Tax: Take Two

A referendum shows the main goal isn’t reducing CO2 emissions.

[I-1631] would raise gas prices by 13 cents a gallon in 2020 and 59 cents a gallon by 2035. Washington currently has the third highest gas prices in the country after Hawaii and California, and Seattle commuters won’t relish paying a few extra bucks every time they fill up. … An analysis by National Economic […]

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The Seattle Times recommends: No on Initiative 1631

Climate change is a crisis needing an aggressive, coordinated response, not expensive and unaccountable spending measures like Initiative 1631. Voters concerned about the environment, the cost of living and the sustainability of Washington’s economy should reject this dubious approach. … Now comes I-1631, repackaged as a carbon fee. In one key respect – accountability – […]

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…Pass on [I-1631]…

We’re a firm no on Initiative 1631. This initiative is touted by supporters as a tax on big energy — a fee on our biggest sources of pollution to help combat climate change. The reality, however, is the carbon taxes won’t only affect powerful corporations — Washington residents will be saddled with an immediate 14-cent […]

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Building Trades voices opposition to Initiative 1631

Mark Riker, executive secretary of the Washington Building Trades, said I-1631 would likely jeopardize future investments in transportation projects. … “I-1631 has no definitive plan for how the tax money would be spent, and that will make it more difficult to adequately fund a new transportation package. Gas prices go up even more every time […]

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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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If You Worry About Climate Change and Care About the Environment, Vote No on I-1631

If you care about the environment, if you worry about global warming, and if this summer’s smoke is of concern, you should vote against Washington State Initiative 1631. … As I will describe below, I-1631 is a flawed, ineffective, and highly partisan initiative that does little to deal with increasing greenhouse gases.  An initiative that […]

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I-1631 will add to the costs of energy and result in job losses.

As president of the Iron Workers District Council of the Pacific Northwest, it is my responsibility to protect the good-paying jobs of our union’s hard-working brothers and sisters. … While reducing carbon emissions is an admirable goal, I believe Initiative 1631, if passed, will have a damaging effect on our area’s current era of growth […]

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