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A grassroots organization focused on accelerating
the transition to a vibrant clean-energy economy.

We advocate for carbon reduction policies that are effective, equitable, economically sound, evidence-based, and politically feasible.

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ACT NOW (Advocates for a Carbon Tax NOW) is a growing coalition of volunteers and more than 30 organizations including Carbon Washington, Audubon Washington, Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), League of Women Voters, American Sustainable Business Council, Conservatives for Environmental Reform, and others that want to see a carbon tax pass here in Washington State.
 

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New electricity rules deliver carbon pricing win!

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Hello, CarbonWA friends: The movement for a price on carbon in Washington State has put a few points on the board! Read on to learn more, and, don’t forget that I-1631 is gathering signatures right now — so if you want to get involved, go directly to the campaign website and review our analysis to learn more about the policy.

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New UTC Rules Require Utilities to Include Price on Carbon 

In Washington State, our private utilities (Puget Sound Energy, Avista, and PacificCorp) are regulated by a body called the Utilities and Transportation Commission or UTC. Two former UTC commissioners actually sit on the CarbonWA board. The UTC’s job is to ensure private utilities follow the law and don’t take advantage of consumers, among other things. Utilities must have their rate increases and many other financial decisions impacting consumers approved by the UTC. And utilities are required to undertake a long term planning process that is overseen by the UTC (known as the Integrated Resource Plans or IRPs). The UTC has just determined that future IRP’s MUST include a price on carbon (of $40 per ton) as part of their economic analysis. This decision isn’t legally prohibiting the utilities from building fossil fuel plants in the future. But, the UTC is clearly telling utilities: if you build a fossil fuel plant that isn’t profitable with a price on carbon, we won’t consider that a prudent investment for which consumers should be on the hook.

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More 1631 voices + “Me” vs. “We” actions

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Hello, CarbonWA friends: May the 4th be with you! We hope you channel the energy from Star Wars (or your favorite movie) to help make climate action happen!

Making change beyond Earth Day 

Another Earth Day has come and gone with many familiar pledges and suggestions circulating to hike more, get a reusable shopping bag, or start recycling. That’s all well and good, but, with climate change growing ever more urgent, we wanted to share some ideas for how you might seriously step up your climate-action game. We often think about climate and environmental actions as fitting into two categories: “me” actions and “we” actions. A “me” action is personal action you can take (like giving up beef or changing how you commute), without the help of others, that can help to reduce your personal impact. “Me” actions are important because they help you to live your values, and because they can encourage others in your personal network to follow suit. But no amount of bicycling and light bulb changing will stop global warming if we don’t also take “we” actions. “We” actions are political actions you can take, with the help of others, to get our entire economy shifted to be more sustainable and earth-friendly. A strong climate pledge would be to take one bold “me” action and one bold “we” action this year. (more…)

We support the carbon fee initiative I-1631 + news

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Hello, CarbonWA friends:

We Support I-1631! 

After another round of legislative inaction, a ballot initiative is moving forward to put a price on carbon. We’ve taken a close look at the policy, collected feedback from our supporters, and held a robust internal discussion about the initiative. As a result, we are moving forward in support of I-1631. You can see our full statement below. But, before you make up your own mind, we’d encourage you to review our recent in-depth analysis of the initiative (including a comparison matrix, exploration of wonky details, and a carbon reduction ranking).

While the 1631 policy differs in some ways from the approaches we’ve seen in recent years, we also see it as an outgrowth of the grassroots energy that put the first carbon tax in the nation on the ballot and has since led to a surge of serious legislative proposals. I-1631 also has the extra boost of a very favorable ballot title ruling from the Attorney General’s office (something the I-732 effort struggled with), and a recent upholding of the title against legal challenges from the Association of Washington Business and a conservative activist (who we don’t know much about except that his website logo is of sasquatch toppling the Olympia capitol). Read on for the reasoning behind our support of I-1631. (more…)

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A poll released Tuesday by Americans for Carbon Dividends shows that 81 percent of likely voters — including 71 percent of moderate Republicans and 58 percent of conservative Republicans — agree the government should take action to limit carbon emissions.

A coal-fired power plant in Castle Dale, Utah. Former Senators Trent Lott and John Breaux have formed a group to press for a $40-a-ton fee on carbon-dioxide emissions, with the revenues returned to the American people.

Opinion | Here‘s How to Break the Impasse on Climate

We‘re part of a bipartisan group urging Congress to put a fee on carbon-dioxide emissions and return the revenue to American taxpayers.

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"...Plan is simple... an initial fee of $40 on every ton of carbon-dioxide emissions at the source... revenue would then be disbursed to Americans. A family of four would receive approximately $2,000 a year."
#CarbonPricing #PolicySolutions #afcdividends

A coal-fired power plant in Castle Dale, Utah. Former Senators Trent Lott and John Breaux have formed a group to press for a $40-a-ton fee on carbon-dioxide emissions, with the revenues returned to the American people.

Opinion | Here‘s How to Break the Impasse on Climate

We‘re part of a bipartisan group urging Congress to put a fee on carbon-dioxide emissions and return the revenue to American taxpayers.

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Score for #CarbonOffsets - although it's not the be-all-end-all in terms of a solution for CO2, it's great to see a new marketplace that's easy to use. Has anyone used this feature?
#ClimateChange #ClimateMitigation #Co2

This ”carbon removal marketplace” will make buying offsets easier

As companies like Lyft start to invest to make up for their carbon footprints, the world of offset buying needs more transparency and accountability.

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Falling Prices, Low Interest Rates, Lots of Sun ☀️"Georgia's solar capacity has increased in the past 5 years, ever since the PSC required #Georgia Power... to install hundreds of MW of solar farms starting in 2013." #solarenergy @SouthfaceEnergy

How Georgia Became a Top 10 Solar State, With Lawmakers Barely Lifting a Finger

The state has plenty of sun, but little support for solar power in the legislature. Here‘s how a Republican who goes by ‘Bubba‘ chang...

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Today Massachusetts became the first state since California to have a carbon pricing policy pass a floor vote! #Waleg had a similar opportunity this year but couldn't quite get it together, great to see Massachusetts lead the way for others to follow!

Mass. lawmakers weigh new carbon price for motor fuels - The Boston Globe

Think prices at the pump are high now? Wait until you hear what could be coming down the pike.

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Check out this amazing piece of multimedia journalism from @nytimes
It hammers home what can happen when waters rise amidst the homes of the planet’s most vulnerable citizens
#Water #MonsoonRain #NYTimes

Race Against the Rains

The race to rebuild the world’s largest refugee camp, where monsoon rains threaten flooding, landslides and disease.

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For years the subject of carbon capture and storage (CCS)has been politically charged. “The Right underestimates the magnitude of the problem, the Left underestimates the magnitude of the solution,” says Howard Herzog, a researcher at the MIT.

A new unity on solutions for climate change

Both parties in Congress now support incentives for capturing carbon emissions from oil, gas, and coal. The political shift from a divisive debate is ...

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What People Are Saying About Reducing Carbon Pollution

“I’m a Republican. I believe that the greenhouse effect is real, that CO2 emissions generated by man is creating our greenhouse gas effect that traps heat, and the planet is warming. A price on carbon — that’s the way to go in my view.”

Lindsey Graham, United States Senator, R-SC

A carbon tax is a good starting point for working toward eventual state and federal agreements that put a price on carbon emissions. If national elder statesmen in the Republican Party can take this idea seriously, so should other Republicans in our statehouse and in Congress. The same goes for Democrats.

The Olympian

"Climate change is the biggest market failure of our time. If the United States is to continue to lead and innovate, we must move away from fossil fuels and focus on developing clean, inexpensive, renewable energy sources. A price on carbon is the best policy to promote this change."

Jim McDermott, Former U.S. Representative (D-WA 7th District)

Scientists and economists agree that the most effective way to free ourselves from fossil fuels is to stop the free lunch for polluters.

Sightline Institute

"Only when 'the economic and social costs of using up shared environmental resources are recognized with transparency and fully borne by those who incur them, not by other peoples or future generations,’ [Pope Benedict XVI] can those actions be considered ethical."

Pope Francis, Encyclical Letter “Laudato si”

The optimal solution is a carbon tax (offset by equivalent tax cuts elsewhere) — the most efficient and market-friendly way to address the negative externalities of energy use. But that approach is highly transparent and less susceptible to manipulation by special-interest lobbying than complicated regulatory schemes. No wonder it never gets any traction.

Richmond Times-Dispatch

“I think that climate change is real. I think that one of the great tragedies of our lives is the Great Barrier Reef dying [and] the environmental consequences of that."

John McCain, United States Senator (R-Arizona)

It is time for more of our elected leaders to join [Governor] Inslee, [and Senators] Carlyle and Palumbo in giving this major issue the attention and care it deserves.

Seattle Times Editorial, Feb. 5, 2018

"If national governments won't take action, your community can . . . We can move our economy town-by-town, state-by-state to renewable energy and a sustainable future." (Watch this dramatic video narrated by DiCaprio.)

Leonardo DiCaprio, Actor and environmentalist

Who We Are

Carbon Washington consists of students, activists, scientists, economists and concerned citizens across the state. All of us believe that we have a moral obligation to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean, renewable energy.

We exist to help design, promote and pass carbon-reduction policies — policies that are effective, equitable, economically sound, evidence-based, and politically feasible — in Washington State and elsewhere.

In 2016, we mounted a statewide campaign to pass Initiative 732 — the revenue-neutral carbon tax we proposed. Economists say carbon taxes are the single-most effective way to get polluters to stop polluting. More than 360,000 citizens signed our petition (a near-record number).

Our initiative was endorsed by a bipartisan group of citizens, business leaders, scientists, economists, public officials, and social and environmental leaders. It attracted worldwide attention. And although the measure did not pass, more than 1.25 million Washingtonians voted in favor of I-732.

Now we’re supporting Initiative 1631. The campaign is being led by other groups, and you can read what they have to say here. You can also read our analysis of how I-1631 compares to I-732 and SB 6203 — the carbon-tax bill that was approved this year by two legislative committees (but which was not voted on by the state Senate).

Beyond that, we’re looking ahead to 2019. We’re exploring ballot measures, legislative bills, and actions that cities can take to cut carbon and unleash clean energy. As always, we prefer bipartisan approaches that make a meaningful difference while appealing to a broad array of citizens.

Are we effective? State Sen. Joe Fain says, “Carbon Washington is one of the few groups working to bridge the divide between the left and right on key environmental policies in our state. Rather than weaponizing environmentalism, they work to educate the public while proposing nonpartisan solutions that respect the complexity of this crucial issue.”

And State Sen. Paul Graves says, “Reducing carbon pollution without harming jobs and families is a tough challenge. It requires thoughtfulness, a clear view of the evidence and the tradeoffs, and a willingness to work with people on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the state. I’m grateful to Carbon Washington for embodying those values.”

You can help us by signing up for our weekly email blast, connecting with us on Facebook and Twitter, and donating so we can do the hard work that needs to be done. You can also join one of our chapters across the state. 

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