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 two legislative candidates in Washington’s 47th District (Kent-Auburn-Covington): Republican State Sen. Joe Fain, who is running for re-election, and Democrat Debra Entenman, a Democrat running for state representative.
“Sen. Fain has been one of the most consistent Republican voices on climate change,” said Kyle Murphy, Executive Director of Carbon Washington. “He supported Initiative 732 and continues to bring a true bipartisan spirit to solving the challenges associated with climate change. We applaud his courage tackling a complex and urgent issue.”
“Combating climate change requires sober thinking and reasoned action based on the best available science,” said Fain in response to a questionnaire distributed by Carbon Washington to candidates running for legislative office in Washington.
Carbon Washington also endorsed Debra Entenman, who is running for state representative. “Entenman is committed to addressing climate change through smart policy and strongly supports the transition to renewable energy sources,” said Murphy. “Meanwhile, her opponent, Incumbent Mark Hargrove, does not have a sensible position on climate issues. For voters who care about addressing climate change and protecting future generations, the choice is clear.”
“I believe that climate change is real, caused by the use of fossil fuels and can be slowed and reversed by legislative policies,” said Entenman in her questionnaire. “[These] may include cap and trade, fees and pricing, and EPA policies that include reductions in auto emissions.”
Update (10/25): We remain concerned about the sexual misconduct allegations against Sen. Fain made on Sept. 27, after he received our endorsement. Sen. Fain has requested an investigation, which we believe is the appropriate course. We will continue to monitor the situation.
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/.
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.