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“Occupy” endorses I-732

Occupy.com has posted a story about “6 ballot initiatives to watch in 2016.” Author Matt Stannard calls I-732 “absolutely the most important initiative in the country.”

From the story: “At the top of the list is the first and only carbon tax and rebate initiative in the United States, an idea championed by a variety of advocates across a wide ideological spectrum. Over a two-year period, Initiative 732 would institute a $25 per metric ton of CO2 consumed in the state. The proposal also reduces state sales taxes across the board by 1 percent; this makes sense because sales taxes are regressive for no socially defensible reason, while the carbon tax at least has a purpose. Even better, the proposal provides up to $1,500 per year in the form of a tax rebate to 400,000 of the lowest-income Washingtonians – the people most likely to fear a post-carbon transition for legitimate economic reasons.”


I-732 will benefit Clallam County $$$

In a presentation to the Dungeness River Management Team, CarbonWA executive board member Mike Massa made the case for the I-732 revenue-neutral carbon tax and refuted the statements that the Clallam County PUD had made opposing the initiative at a previous DRMT meeting.  Here are his slides in Powerpoint and PDF format.

Note the projected economic impacts:

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Raves for I-732 and putting a fair price on carbon

“If there was one thing I would like to see, it would be for us to be able to price the cost of carbon emissions.”

* That’s President Obama responding to a question from Thomas Friedman about the single most important thing we can do to solve climate change, from a forthcoming episode in the new season of Years of Living Dangerously, which will begin airing in October and which focuses on their new #PutAPriceOnIt campaign.  That episode will feature Carbon Washington and I-732.

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LOCAL I-732 events today!

Help bring a carbon tax to WA!

At 2:45 today at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Mike Massa of the CarbonWA executive board will give a presentation on I-732 to the Dungeness River Management Team, refuting the misleading statements made by the Clallam County PUD in opposition to the initiative.  A public comment period will follow at the end of the meeting.  Please attend if you can, and say at least a few words in support at the end of the meeting, and help introduce Mike to local people after the meeting.

This evening, we’ll gather starting at 5:30 at the home of Brian Grad at 245 Jake Way in Carlsborg, for food, drink (feel free to bring potluck items), and strategizing about the local I-732 campaign.  Please attend this important meeting.

If not us, who?

If not now, when?

If not this, what?

In the spirit, Ed Chadd, Mike Massa, and Brian Grad

PUD Commissioners:  fulfill your mission and support I-732

“We are disappointed that the Clallam County PUD Board of Commissioners voted against supporting Initiative 732, a measure designed to accelerate the switch to affordable clean energy.”

In a guest opinion piece in the Sequim Gazette, OCA members collaborated on a response and appeal to the Clallam County Public Utility District Commissioners to rescind their opposition to the Carbon Tax Initiative, I-732.  The main points:

  • Most Clallam residents will keep more money in their pockets with I-732.
  • I-732 will help the PUD meet its state and federal regulatory mandates.
  • Most importantly, I-732 will curb fossil fuel pollution which contributes to climate change, a problem with serious social and economic consequences for Clallam County–winter floods, summer drought, wildfire, sea-level rise, and ocean acidification among them.

The piece concludes:  “We have a responsibility to protect our children and future generations from these dangerous and costly threats to our community. With I-732, we can reduce taxes while protecting the environment. We urge the Clallam PUD commissioners to support I-732 and fulfill their mission to provide reliable, efficient, safe and low cost utility services in a financially and environmentally responsible manner.”

Catastrophic weather events seem to capture more headlines with each passing year–including events which have cut off power or water to PUD customers.  The time for “business as usual” is past.  We will continue to educate the PUD Commissioners and PUD customers about the advantages of I-732 to our community, our state, our nation, and the world at large.  Climate change is not going away, and these issues aren’t either–in fact, they become more compelling with each passing day.

OCA responds to PUD misstatements about I-732

On May 9, members of OCA presented this statement to Clallam County PUD commissioners regarding their ill-considered opposition to I-732, the state carbon-tax initiative that will be on the ballot in November.

In spite of substantive refutations from OCA, OCA members, and a representative from the I-732 campaign, pointing out that I-732 will have very little economic impact on Clallam County and will help rather than hurt those most strapped to pay their electric bills, the PUD commissioners passed their anti-732 resolution anyway.

OCA will continue to educate the PUD commissioners and the public on these issues.  Sitting back and doing nothing will not make the climate crisis go away.

Legislators:  Act on I-732!

Thanks to individuals and groups such as OCA across the state, the CarbonWA revenue-neutral carbon tax initiative 732 has met its signature threshold and stands before the state legislature, who can either enact it, propose their own version, or pass it on to the voters untouched.  OCA, with the consensus of our membership, has sent this letter to the legislators from the 24th District in support of CarbonWA.  We await their attention to this matter of utmost import to our state, nation, and planet.  Please consider sending a letter of your own, so Washington State can step on up into a clean-energy future!

Letters can be addressed as follows:

Senator Jim Hargrove:  hargrove.jim@leg.wa.gov or PO Box 40424, Olympia 98504-0424

Representative Kevin Van de Wege:  vandewege.kevin@leg.wa.gov or PO Box 40600, Olympia 98504-0600

Representative Steve Tharinger:  steve.tharinger@leg.wa.gov or PO Box 40600, Olympia 98504-0600

OCA sponsoring events in support of I-732

Promoting the CarbonWA carbon-tax initiative to bring clean energy to WA

OCA is sponsoring several events centered around the effort to enact a revenue-neutral tax swap which will tax “bads” (fossil fuels) instead of “goods” (sales, business activities, and working families):
  • July 30, 1:05 PM:  KONP Radio 1450’s (and FM 101.7) Todd Ortloff will interview Yoram Bauman about climate change, pricing carbon, and the I-732 CarbonWA initiative.
  • Aug. 2, 6:30-8:30:  “Climate Change–It’s No Joke:  An Evening of Fun, Fossil-Fuel Fungibility, and Fundraising with Yoram Bauman.”  Yoram (yur-AHM), the world’s only stand-up Ph.D. economist and principal author of I-732, will explain in a light-hearted way why economics is so basically funny and why I-732 is so important to our future and our community.  Refreshments, socializing, Q&A, signature-gatherer signups, and unabashed fundraising will also roll out.  Elwha Klallam Heritage Center.  Doors open at 6:30 for refreshments and socializing, then Yoram will step up to the plate at 7–and we don’t mean the dessert plate!  Poster
  • Aug. 3, 12-1:  Yoram will speak to the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce on “Why a Carbon Tax Will Be Good for Our Community:  Let Us Count the Ways.”  Red Lion Hotel, upstairs banquet room.  Lunch $15, drinks-only $3.

Collect signatures on two great initiatives: CarbonWA & WAmend

It’s important to shout out not only what we oppose (Shell Oil, Arctic drilling, coal & oil ports, secret trade agreements), but also what our positive vision is.

Luckily, a couple of state initiatives encapsulate that positive vision:  CarbonWA and WAmend.  OCA has committed to gather signatures on both.  Won’t you help?  Memorial Day pays tribute to those who gave their lives for freedom and to protect their loved ones, and what better way to live your life in their spirit than to get out on the street supporting those principles?

Our local WAmend organizer has posted this calendar/signup sheet on the Web:  http://www.huntcal.com/cal/view/MTA-Clallam/2014?vm=r.  There are plenty of good places and times to gather signatures, such as the farmers markets and libraries, but the main thing is to get out there and do it!

RSVP and we can get you petitions.

BTW, CarbonWA still needs a local coordinator…could it be you?

Here are some excellent links from CarbonWA founder Yoram Bauman about the impact of the CarbonWA carbon tax on revenue, business, and the climate:

The #1 Question from Conservatives about Revenue-Neutral Carbon Taxes

The #1 Question from Progressives about Revenue-Neutral Carbon Taxes

Carbon Pricing and Northwest Businesses

Three Things to Know About CarbonWA’s Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax

Support CarbonWA and WAmend initiatives for a healthy future

In spite of Governor Inslee’s attempt to pass a carbon cap-and-trade bill to limit carbon pollution and help fund our underfunded education system, it has become clear that no significant carbon-reduction legislation will be passed in this session of the Legislature, where even the Democratic-controlled State House will not put cap-and-trade on the floor.

Once again, then, the people must speak from the grassroots and take the reigns of leadership when the legislature won’t.  We are lucky to have an enlightened and energetic group of activists at the state level who have filed the CarbonWA initiative for a state carbon tax, similar to the highly-successful carbon tax in British Columbia.  (See below, and also our Links page for more details.)

Olympic Climate Action has endorsed the CarbonWA campaign, and the signature drive has begun.  We will have petitions available at our next meeting, April 12 from 3-5 pm at the Elwha Heritage Center.

OCA has also endorsed the WAmend initiative campaign for a constitutional amendment stating that corporations aren’t people and money isn’t speech, to limit the power of wealthy individuals and corporations to buy elections.  We are hoping you will go out collecting signatures on both petitions.

How lucky we are to live in a democracy where the people can take the Initiative–literally–into our own hands.

A Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax Ballot Measure Campaign for Washington State

After many days of labor by our legal team and others, we are delighted to announce the birth of Initiative to the Legislature #732!

Ballot language

Our official ballot title (the 30-word summary that will appear on the ballot) is: Initiative Measure No. 732 concerns taxes. This measure would impose a carbon emission tax on certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity, reduce the sales tax by one percentage point and increase a low-income exemption, and reduce certain manufacturing taxes. Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ].

For more details see the plain language and annotated legal language on our website, or read the whole measure yourself.


If you want some petitions so that you can begin collecting signatures, please email duncan@carbonwa.org with your address and phone number and he’ll work on getting you some.

  • Other upcoming events here.

3656 Francis Ave N #B
Seattle WA 98103 United States

Join the CarbonWA initiative signature drive

The goal is 300,000 signatures by December–can you help?

Our friends at CarbonWA have eloquently made the case for a revenue-neutral carbon tax that would be offset by reductions in the Sales Tax and Business & Occupations Tax, along with a tax credit for the working poor.  Led by Ph.D. economist Yoram Bauman and advised by a host of heavy hitters in the political, legal, and energy worlds, this carefully-crafted initiative could help Washington State join similar market-mechanism efforts in California, Oregon and British Columbia to make the West Coast a regional leader in climate action.

OCA has endorsed CarbonWA and joined as a local chapter.  Please help by making a signature gathering pledge for yourself or your group.

OCA endorses CarbonWA’s revenue-neutral carbon tax proposal

The recent election did not prove favorable to climate action in the Washington State Legislature.  It is time for the people to bring the issue forward and do what our gridlocked legislative bodies won’t do on their own.  It is time for our state (and governments around the world) to turn the engines of capitalism in the direction of saving the planet rather than destroying it.  Therefore, OCA has endorsed CarbonWA’s effort to bring forward carbon-tax legislation, if necessary by means of an initiative.  Here’s how they describe it:

Why Washington State Needs Environmental Tax Reform

Environmental tax reform will improve Washington’s economy and reduce Washington’s carbon pollution.  It is a win/win for those of us who want to help spur economic growth and improve air quality by reducing pollution.

Environmental tax reform would:

  • Improve air quality and reduce airborne toxins
  • Help slow ocean acidity and sea level rise
  • Reduce the state sales tax by a full percentage point
  • Fund the Working Families Sales Tax Rebate to help working families
  • Eliminate the Business and Occupation (B&O) tax for manufacturers
  • Pay for these tax reductions with a carbon tax of $25 per ton of CO2

Our goal is to bring environmental tax reform to Washington State, but we can’t do it without your help. Please join us!

To find out more about our draft proposal, please go to our Policy page.