August 2018

Hello, CarbonWA friends: Thanks to everyone who chipped in from our last e-newsletter to raise over $1,000 for Dr. Sharon Shewmake, the environmental economist running for state House in the 42nd! And, the movement for a price on carbon continues to spread beyond humble beginnings in Washington State. Read on for exciting progress. Plus, CarbonWA is preparing to endorse bipartisan climate advocates for state legislature.

Electing a Climate Majority + Blog on Kids Lawsuit

We discuss the recent dismissal of the Youth climate lawsuit in Washington State on our blog, and what it means for climate advocates. The summary is that it’s essential to elect a climate majority in the state legislature as the state court system closes off executive and legal avenues to climate action, and that we’ve got to do more than just elect candidates who talk a good game but can’t back it up. So, we’ve created a candidate questionnaire (check out the questionnaire our website) to evaluate candidates state legislature for endorsement and our support. (more…)

The Youth Climate Trial that has meandered through Washington’s court system has stalled for the moment.

The case, pursued by eight young petitioners and supported by attorneys from the Western Environmental Law Center and Our Children’s Trust, asserts that the state is failing to protect young people from climate change impacts, and that young people have a right to a stable climate under the Washington State Constitution and the Public Trust Doctrine. King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott has dismissed the case as of August 14. However, the plaintiff’s plan to appeal, so we don’t expect this to be the last word on the case. Read more about the legal background and the trajectory of the case: https://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/washington  

Despite the failure to compel state action, the case holds a number of lessons for climate advocates as we advance policies to reduce carbon emissions.  (more…)

 

2018 State Legislative Endorsement Questionnaire

Smart Climate Action Leader Endorsements: Carbon Washington is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to reducing carbon emissions and addressing climate change. We support legislative candidates that are committed to bipartisanship and who push for carbon reduction policies that are effective and economically efficient. Endorsed candidates will be highlighted through Carbon Washington’s 5,000+ email list, targeted social media posts, and may be eligible for additional financial and campaign support. Carbon Washington supporters recently raised over $1,000 for a legislative candidate and we intend highlight additional legislative leaders in the coming months.

 

Instructions: Please complete the following questions and email them to Carbon Washington at info@carbonwa.org and/or kyle@carbonwa.org BY 9/7/2018. Candidates can download the endorsement as a word document here: Candidate endorsement questionnaire

 

Candidate Name
Position Sought
Campaign Contact Information Email:

Phone:
Main point of contact:

 

Question Y/N
Do you agree that climate change is primarily caused by burning fossil fuels?
Do you believe legislators should develop policies to responsibly reduce carbon emissions?
The vast majority of economists agree a price on carbon is the most efficient way to reduce carbon emissions. Do you support putting a price on carbon?

 

  • If you support a price on carbon, what is your preferred design or your most important considerations (ie revenue neutrality, cap & trade, worker retraining, etc.) ? If you do not support carbon pricing, what do you think is the best approach to reducing emissions?

 

  • Are there other carbon reduction/clean energy policies you support?

 

  • Do you see addressing climate change as fitting within your party’s core values, and if so, how?

 

  • If elected, what is one thing you would do to try to advance carbon reduction policies at the state, local, or national level?

 

  • Are there specific issues facing your district that are connected to climate change? Can Carbon Washington provide technical or political help in solving these challenges?

 

  • Please provide a short public quote regarding your position on passing policies that reduce carbon emissions and advance clean energy that we can share with our supporters.