The News Tribune in Tacoma endorses #YesOn1631! "A “yes” vote will show the country we’re leaders in combating a climate collapse in the next two decades. A “yes” vote will show our grandkids we won’t gamble with their futures." ... See MoreSee Less
It's a good first step. I disagree that the money should go back to the people, because it HAS to be spent on renewable energy. The people don't quite get that this is an emergency.
Picture is misleading. The smokestack pictured is likely exempt if it is located in the state. Power companies, mills, and factories seem to be exempt. Read section 9 of the full text: www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/initiatives/finaltext_1482.pdf. Aviation fuel cannot be included due to federal statutes (still confirming). The maritime fuel and EITE sector exemptions are tough pills. I realize compromises are necessary, but this initiative seems aimed squarely at citizens. Industry is all but exempt. I'm all for having a carbon tax in Washington, but is this the right one? Still researching, but I don't like what I see so far.
#Yeson1631 Boy the trolls are really jumping on this stuff! Big oil sure does have deep pockets. Don't listen to me or all of these other clowns commenting. Read the bill and make an informed vote.
The largest polluters in the state of Washington came together to draft 1631. They carved an EXEMPTION for themselves. While putting the full burden of 1631 tax on hard working Washingtonians. Gas purchased at the pump Taxed, Natural gas for heating Taxed, electricity for your home Taxed. Aviation fuel Exempt, Marine diesel Exempt, Government agencies Exempt, Native Tribes Exempt, Boeing Exempt, Georgia Pacific KOCH BROTHERS Exempt, Weyerhaeuser Exempt, Alcoa Exempt, Boise Paper Exempt, COAL power plant Exempt. So if you are rich and own 4 jets like Bill Gates your jet fuel is exempt. Or if you have a large yacht that gives 3 miles to a gallon your marine diesel fuel is exempt. Too bad hard working Washingtonians you are not rich nor Exempt. The only hope for you is your vote. Vote NO on 1631.
Unfortunately the smoke stack picture shown in this News Tribune article is EXEMPT under 1631. 1631 is such a sham. PROGRESSIVES take note under 1631 Georgia Pacific owned by KOCH BROTHERS is Exempt. While the middle class bears the brunt of the gas tax. Is that fair? Vote NO on 1631.
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. VOTE YES!!