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Hello, CarbonWA friends: The legislative session is winding down (hopefully). This message is to thank you for contributing to our effort, to reflect on what we’ve achieved, and to provide our candid take on Olympia.

Our legislative campaign made a difference

The legislative session is down to the wire, with an agreement needed by June 30th to avoid a shutdown. We did a heckuva job putting a carbon tax in play this legislative session without much in the way of well financed lobbyists or a huge team of staff. We’ve held two lobby days engaging hundreds of people around the state (around 400 but who’s counting!). We created and led the ACT NOW coalition of nearly 40 groups joining us in calling for a price on carbon now. We’ve placed or influence numerous media stories (for highlights check us out in the Seattle TimesSeattle Business MagazineSeattle WeeklyWashington State Wire, and the Everett Herald). We’ve held meetings ourselves with many legislators and we’ve influenced the 4 carbon tax bills in play. Together, we’ve made it abundantly clear that climate advocates AREN’T GOING AWAY.

We are deep into extra innings now. It is hard to know exactly what the key negotiators are talking about behind closed doors. Our intel suggests that a carbon tax has been presented to the negotiators and officially put on the table as an option.  (more…)

YOUR CALLS AND EMAILS ARE STILL NEEDED

Thank you, everyone! It’s the final week of this series, and the legislature is now in its second special session. We heard that legislators would want to avoid a third special session at all cost. But negotiations have been slow, even within each party, so it looks like that’s more likely.   

However, there are some reasons to be hopeful. Today, the state releases its revenue forecast, which will likely spur budget negotiations. As a part of ACT Now (Advocates for a Carbon Tax Now), we have been pushing a carbon tax as an effective solution. Moreover, our state is not on track to meet its carbon reduction goals, so the pressure to act is growing.

Last week, ACT Now held a virtual lobby day where over 200 volunteers called their legislators. This represents over 30 legislative districts from across the state. There is still time to join. This week, call your legislators, or send your legislators an email to tell them to take action now.

You can also share your thoughts with #waleg on Facebook or Twitter. Here are recent examples:

— “I just contacted my legislators and asked them to put a carbon tax in the state budget. Let’s do this, WA!  #waleg  #ActOnClimate
— Hey #waleg now would be a good time to consider passing one of the handful of carbon pricing bills available
— The climate movement just got an adrenaline shot. It’s on! #waleg #putapriceonit
— Luckily the cities and states in the US can abide by the Paris Agreement even if the federal government won’t. #LeadOnClimate # waleg # putapriceonit

Megan Conaway
Outreach Coordinator
P: 425.243.3588
E: Megan@CarbonWA.org

JOIN US FOR ‘VIRTUAL LOBBY DAY’ JUNE 15

There are four carbon tax bills before our legislators right now — and there’s a chance the legislature will include a carbon tax in the final budget, due June 30. We want to show our legislators that their constituents enthusiastically support a price on carbon as they come to a decision on the budget.

To do this, Carbon Washington — along with our friends at ACT NOW — is organizing one more (remote) lobby day on Thursday, June 15. We’re asking our supporters to call your legislators and tell them that you support a price on carbon. Please join us in calling your legislators and make one final push for a carbon tax this session. 
Sign up for the virtual lobby day here! In addition, feel free to share and invite friends to our Facebook event so that we can make a bigger impact!

You can call independently from home or work. If you are in the Seattle area, you can drop by our Seattle office (1914 N. 34th Street, Suite 407) to make calls and socialize. You can use this guide for calling your legislators, which includes contact information for legislators. Please help us make this event as success by sharing our RSVP form, which includes an event description.  

NEWS RELEASE (Contact: Samara Villasenor, samara@greatworkcommunications.com, 425.255.0890)

olu-eletu-134760ACT NOW Virtual Lobby Day on June 15 will demonstrate voter support for a carbon tax to reduce carbon pollution that causes climate change and fund the state’s biennial budget.

Advocates for a Carbon Tax NOW (ACT NOW) will hold a statewide virtual lobby day on Thursday, June 15, to demonstrate to Washington state legislators that their constituents enthusiastically support a price on carbon. Audubon Washington, Carbon Washington, and the League of Women Voters of Washington are among a growing coalition of organizations and individuals that have joined ACT NOW because they want to see a carbon tax pass during this legislative session. There are currently four carbon tax bills in front of the state legislature which, if passed, would demonstrate leadership on climate change policy while offering a path forward for creating the revenue required to rewrite the state’s biennial budget.

“We have a moral responsibility to protect our birds, our children, and future generations from the adverse effects of climate change,” said Gail Gatton, Executive Director of Audubon Washington. “We can’t afford to wait any longer before we take action. Our state legislators have a golden opportunity in front of them to show bipartisan leadership by passing a carbon tax. Doing so would set much-needed precedent for other states to follow. This is how change starts.” (Full statement here.)

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This legislative session represents an important opportunity for Washington to lead on climate change.  Below is a simple breakdown of current bills before the legislature. If anything is passed, it may resemble a combination of one or more of these bills. Further, the legal language is not finalized, and Carbon Washington is not yet endorsing any of the bills.  To read the full language, go to http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/, and search by bill number.

Carbon Tax Bills

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MEDIA STATEMENT (Contact: Samara Villasenor, 425.255.0890)

Statement from Carbon Washington Board Co-Chair Mike Massa:

“Carbon Washington is shocked and saddened by President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. His abdication of federal responsibility leaves a void of conservation leadership which states and cities must fill. We call on the Washington State Legislature to enact a price on carbon pollution, along with other measures to accelerate the transition to a vibrant clean energy economy, during the current legislative session.

“This is a pivotal moment for our elected leaders to show the nation that bipartisan action to tackle urgent problems is still possible in America. And it is an opportunity to demonstrate to the children of Washington State, and the greater world, that their futures matter. Together, we owe them a livable climate and the opportunity for a healthy, prosperous life. Let’s get to work.”

Here are some other statements concerning the responsibility of states and cities to lead the way on clean energy and carbon reduction: (more…)

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Hello, CarbonWA friends: The Trump Administration is leaving the international Paris Climate Change agreement. CarbonWA board co-chair Mike Massa speaks for all of us with this message in response:

“Carbon Washington is shocked and saddened by President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. His abdication of federal responsibility leaves a void of leadership which states and cities must fill. We call on the Washington State Legislature to enact a price on carbon pollution, along with other measures to accelerate the transition to a vibrant clean energy economy, during the current legislative session. 

“This is a pivotal moment for our elected leaders to show the nation that bipartisan action to tackle urgent problems is still possible in America. And it is an opportunity to demonstrate to the children of Washington State, and the greater world, that their futures matter. Together, we owe them a livable climate and the opportunity for a healthy, prosperous life. Let’s get to work.”

Let’s also remember that the Paris agreement was never going to be enough on its own. A stable climate was neither won or lost in Paris, and it is neither won nor lost now. (more…)

Goal of the week: Will you help us tell legislators to take action on climate change? We are holding a phone banking day on Thursday, June 15.  You can join via facebook or RSVP form.   Share this event with your family and friends to maximize our impact!

There are multiple bills introduced that could finally put a price on carbon in Washington State. It’s still a long shot to getting anything passed. Legislators tell us they do not hear enough from their own districts!  Join now and make your voice heard. No one else will do this for us!  

Current carbon tax bills: HB 1646, SB 5127, SB 5385, SB 5930. To read any of these bills, go to http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/, and search by bill number (for example “1646”).  We will share more information about each of these bills through our email blast. Sign up to learn more.

If you’re looking for events: On Wed., May 31, attend Climate Science on Tap’s presentation of “Hell and High Water: Global Warming” at Peddler Brewing from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.  Hear about sea level rises — their causes and impacts — throughout the Puget Sound. Hear from a fascinating panel that includes the director of the UW’s Program on Climate Change, specialists from Seattle Public Utilities, and environmental scientists from the Tulalip Tribes.

The goal this week: ask friends to write their legislators. Share your email to legislators with them as a guide, or share these tips.

1. Even if legislators do not take action, we need to remind them that we demand policies to decrease emissions and increase resiliency. Special interests are already talking to legislators, prioritizing their profits over our future. If we do not make our voices heard, you can bet that other interests will be represented.

2. You can find your legislators using Facebook’s Town Hall tool, or at Find Your District. You can find your legislators’ contact information here.

3.  Tell them why you care about climate action, and how they can help. You can advocate for a particular policy, or show your support for carbon pricing in general. Legislators care about what their district wants, and as a constituent you need to show why this is important to you.  

Join us for a “Carbon Taxes Happy Hour” this Tuesday, May 23, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Big Time Brewery in the University District. Invite your friends, too! We are welcoming new members and reuniting with old friends.

Over the next few months of the legislature’s special session, we have an opportunity to pass an effective carbon tax. Even if nothing passes this session, we need to show that people in our state still want a carbon tax.  

Find your legislators.  Use Facebook’s Town Hall tool, or Find Your District. Click here for all the emails.

If you are a fan of texting, consider the Resistbot. Just text “RESIST” to 50409. It helps you send a message to your members of congress.  Keep this handy when important federal bills come to light. This is important, because federal action does affect the Puget Sound directly.

For this week’s action item, read briefly over the homepage to learn about your legislators’ advocacy. Your letter should be a short email to thanking them for their service, and asking whether they could support a carbon tax. For reference, you can also check if they supported I-732, and be sure to thank them, if they did.

In mid-June, we are hosting a statewide phonebank to our legislators. You can RSVP here.