Initiative 1631, Carbon fee
Shawn Vestal: Another election year, another record high for corporate spending on Washington’s initiatives
Corporations are “speaking” louder than any other entity in this election by spending tens of millions of dollars on statewide initiatives.
Cost of the proposed carbon fee in Initiative 1631 is subject to debate and dispute.
Oil refiners invest millions to fight carbon-fee initiative – and would see big payoff if their campaign wins
Four oil companies that operate Washington refineries have invested more than $23 million to defeat Initiative 1631, the carbon fee on the fall ballot.
I am a primary care internal medicine physician and medical educator who grew up in Spokane. I currently serve as governor of the Washington Chapter of the American College of Physicians. ACP policy recommends that physicians and the broader health care community throughout the world engage in environmentally sustainable practices that reduce carbon emissions; support efforts to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change; and educate the public, their colleagues, their community, and lawmakers about the health risks posed by climate change. Tackling climate change is an opportunity to dramatically improve human health and avert dire environmental outcomes, and ACP believes that physicians can play a role in achieving this goal.
Washington voters will find two tax measures on the ballot. They should reject new taxes that will hinder economic growth and every Washingtonian’s pocket book by voting no on a carbon tax and yes on a ban on grocery taxes.
Carbon-fee initiative has supporters with deep pockets and opponents with even deeper ones.
Other states are watching what Washington voters do on Initiative 1631, Gov. Jay Inslee said.
Two more initiatives have enough signatures to go on the November ballot.
Supporters of an initiative to impose a fee on fossil fuels turn in signatures.