Seattle, WA – September 25, 2018 – Carbon Washington, the organization behind the state’s 2016 ballot initiative to put a price on carbon (I-732), has endorsed Democrats David Daggett and James Thomas in their races for Washington’s 35th District House seats.
“David Daggett understands that climate policy solutions can be job creators in his rural district, especially when it comes to biomass and alternative fuels – and to support the vibrant shellfish industry,” said Kyle Murphy, Executive Director of Carbon Washington. “His opponent, Republican incumbent Drew MacEwan, has taken some steps to deepen his understanding of climate issues, including participation in a bipartisan trip to Europe to learn about clean energy, but he has not yet turned his learning into concrete proposals or support for climate action.”
“Businesses should realize the positive long-term cost/benefit tradeoff of reducing CO2 pollution before devastating environmental damage occurs,” said Daggett in response to a questionnaire distributed by Carbon Washington to candidates running for legislative office in Washington. “Having worked for many years in Fortune 500 companies, I have seen that incentives can motivate companies to make better environmental progress. Putting a price on CO2 pollution will encourage its reduction and will also create new business opportunities. However, a means needs to be found to not burden the working class, and especially the economically challenged.”
Carbon Washington also endorsed James Thomas in his 35th District House race. “Thomas is a solid choice, with years of experience in the district working on economic issues,” said Murphy. “He knows that addressing climate change also means protecting jobs in the shellfish and timber industry.”
“I will continue to promote environmentally responsible economic development and I will fight and vote for measures that confront climate change directly and aggressively,” said Thomas in his questionnaire.
The full 2018 Carbon Washington Climate Voters’ Guide, along with additional information about the endorsement process and specific races, can be found at https://carbonwa.org/2018climatevotersguide/.
About Carbon Washington
Carbon Washington is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to reducing carbon emissions and addressing climate change. The organization works with concerned citizens and lawmakers from all partisan backgrounds. In 2016, the group developed Initiative 732 as a revenue-neutral approach to taxing carbon pollution while encouraging economic growth for families and businesses. To get involved and learn more about Carbon Washington’s initiative campaigns, legislative campaigns, policy research and other efforts to educate the public about climate change, visit carbonwa.org.