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A carbon tax is right for environment and economy

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Philip Jones and Howard Behar

Philip Jones and Howard Behar

“Climate change is real and happening before our eyes,” write Philip Jones and Howard Behar in the Seattle Times. “We are already being forced to adapt to the tangible conse­quences of a warming climate. These actions are caused by more extreme variability in weather resulting in flooding, coastal erosion, dramatically reduced glaciation in the Olympic and Glacier National Parks, as well as observed acidification in our shorelines and the Puget Sound estuary.

“As a moderate Republican and an independent, we don’t always see eye to eye on how to solve some of society’s biggest challenges. But on climate change we agree: Taxing the sources of carbon pollution is a pragmatic, bipartisan, common-sense solution.”

Philip Jones was a Utilities and Transportation commissioner from 2005-2017, and served as past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Howard Behar is former president of Starbucks Coffee Company and author of “It’s Not About The Coffee” and “The Magic Cup.”

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New carbon tax bill + Lobby Day live update

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State CapitolHello, CarbonWA friends: A new carbon tax bill has dropped in the legislature! Read on for our analysis, a report out from lobby day, and to meet our new board members. And read what the Seattle Weekly has to say about the prospects for a carbon tax (“Some say it’s just a matter of time”).

New carbon tax bill SB 5930 

We’ve been saying for awhile now that the carbon tax discussions were still happening in Olympia, and the freshly dropped SB 5930 shows that the carbon tax is still on the table. We’ve been following the development of this bill closely for the last couple of weeks. The authors of the bill, led by Senator Guy Palumbo, have done an admirable job crafting a bill that is effective at reducing carbon while having a shot at getting some traction in the legislature. So, while you’ll see in our analysis that we think the bill could and should be strengthened, it’s a credible start at a centrist framework that could become a bipartisan compromise.

Check out our blog post on SB 5930 to get our take.

If you want to see us continuing to advocate for an effective carbon price this session, please consider making a donation towards our April 22nd $2200 goal to help us continue our work.

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New Carbon Tax Bill! Our SB 5930 Analysis

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Simple Explanation: SB 5930, introduced by Senator Guy Palumbo, would implement a carbon tax of $15 per ton, rising $2.50 per year to an eventual rate of $30 per ton. Imported electricity, agricultural fuel, and EITE’s (energy-intensive, trade-exposed manufacturers) are exempt. There is a phase-in for residential natural gas and the electric sector. Electric utilities can redirect up to 75% of the carbon tax they owe to fund carbon reduction projects. The measure will devote $400 million to fund existing programs that are currently paid for out of the general fund, which would free up budget room for K-12 education. The remaining revenue is divided up between forest, water, low income, and carbon reduction programs. The measure also rescinds regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, such as the Clean Air Rule, in exchange for enacting the carbon tax. (more…)

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Philip Jones & @howardbehar call on #waleg to pass a #carbontax as common-sense solution to climate change. https://t.co/PsJZTXbd3f 
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8719 jobs in solar and wind alone in WA. Another 61,889 jobs in energy efficiency. #waleg https://t.co/5xrh7KqdkB 
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Latest US Energy Dept report: 12,552 clean energy production jobs in WA, but only 5882 fossil energy jobs. #waleg https://t.co/KcfinUfNgm 
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College Republicans increasingly believe the party has a responsibility to #ActOnClimate. Prefer mkt-based approach. https://t.co/ZTR35l1Ktm 
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WA businesses & gov'ts requested 100% renewable power from PSE. New 'Green Direct' program enables them to get it. https://t.co/K0DDKcE2Hw 
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Happy Earth Day. A $23/ton #carbontax is helping the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution wean off coal power. https://t.co/ehXxm6WB4n 
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Is #carbontax a matter of when, not if, for WA? We think so. Will new bill from @SenatorPalumbo show #waleg the way? https://t.co/HCzLr1AkOp 
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Today we joined @SenatorPalumbo to drop his new carbon pricing bill SB 5930. A good, centrist framework!… https://t.co/FXBxaw8lxL 
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The ACT NOW buttons have arrived! We're all set for our #CarbonTax Lobby Day tomorrow in Olympia. Hope to see you… https://t.co/8GrL64Gl8m 
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Microsoft isn't only firm demanding clean power. Toyota, WalMart, Ford, L'Oreal all asking Kentucky for renewables. https://t.co/PS0da1AbcY 

What People Are Saying About Reducing Carbon Pollution

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, U.S. Representative for Washington's 7th Congressional District

As a business community, we have an opportunity not just to make a change in Washington, but to pave a moderate path that is both pro-business and pro-environment, and that can be adopted across the country. It is not an overstatement to say that the impact of that could change the world for our children and our grandchildren . . .

A-P Hurd, president, Touchstone

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

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.

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 last November.

Now Carbon Washington is charting its future. Right now, we are speaking up for bills before the legislature that will reduce carbon pollution.

Longer-term, we are evolving into an organization that will help design, promote and pass carbon-reduction policies — policies that are effective, equitable, economically sound and politically feasible — in Washington State and elsewhere.

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