“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 …

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: …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …