Frequently Asked Questions
I-1631 is supported by the largest coalition in Washington state history made up of over 250 groups, representing scientists, working families and organized labor, communities of color, environmental advocates, clean energy companies, health professionals, businesses, faith organizations, and tribal nations. These are real people across our state who are speaking loud and clear that we can build a cleaner future together. For a list of endorsers, click here.
I-1631 invests in clean energy like, wind and solar, healthier forests, and clean water across the state, creating thousands of home-grown Washington jobs. You can find great examples of these investments here.
Yes. Communities of color, advocates for low income and middle-class families, tribes, and those most impacted by pollution and climate change are partners in creating this initiative. 35% of all investments are dedicated to improving the health of communities most impacted by pollution so we can all share in a cleaner, healthier future.
1631 will help create more than 40,000 new jobs in clean energy, forest health, and manufacturing across the state, good-paying jobs that are built to last. There are also funds set aside to help others transition through job training and wage assistance as well as dedicated protections for workers to ensure their jobs stay in Washington.
I-1631 invests in our state’s natural resources to ensure they can continue to clean our air, store pollution, and make Washington more resilient to climate impacts. It also helps reduce forest fire risks and improve river flows and water quality. Our natural resources are our state’s most important asset, and we need to ensure they are protected for the next generation.
A fee requires that funds collected go directly towards solving the problem of pollution and is paid by the largest polluters, like the oil industry—ensuring they do their part to clean up the mess. We want to protect these investments from partisan politics and gridlock in our state legislature. This structure ensures the funds go where they are needed most.
This is a fee on the largest polluters in the state like the oil industry and utilities that haven’t switched over to clean energy. They’ve caused the most harm and we feel they should be the ones paying this cost. The oil industry are the ones fighting this initiative because they want to continue polluting for free and protect their billion dollar profits.
1631 was written by groups who care about tackling pollution like the American Lung Association and the Nature Conservancy, while some of the world’s largest polluters, oil companies like BP and Chevron are spending more than $26 Million fighting it because they don’t want to be accountable for their pollution.
1631 covers 80% of the state’s pollution and ensures that Washington’s only coal plant stops burning coal by 2025.
Our plan was carefully crafted to avoid unintended consequences by focusing the fee on the biggest source of the problem. 1631 protects Washington Workers and local businesses by ensuring when we need steel, aluminum, and concrete to build new clean energy it comes from our own companies. That means we are allowing more people in Washington to share in the clean energy economy.
I-1631 was written by advocates of Good Government like the League of Women Voters and the Washington Budget and Policy Center.
All investments are overseen by a public board made up of trusted community leaders and experts in science, business, and health, so that oil companies, big energy companies, and special interest lobbyists aren’t making decisions about our future. Investments will be open to the public and accountable to anyone that wants to know more. The investments are regularly evaluated to assess whether Washington is meeting state goals to reduce pollution, targeting those communities who need it most, and make clean energy more affordable for more people. Our elected representatives in the legislature have the final authority to approve or reject the recommendations.
Right now the state has mandated goals for reducing pollution but no way to get there. I-1631 was built to reach the goal of lowering pollution by 25 million tons a year by 2035 and 50 million tons by 2050. A board of experts in health, science, business, and community leaders will guide investments submitted by local communities to ensure that we are choosing projects that will do the most good. Regular audits ensure the public board of experts is reducing pollution and investing in clean energy.
I-1631 was written by groups who fight to reduce pollution in our state like the American Lung Association, The Nature Conservancy and the Sierra Club. Big Oil Companies are spending $25 Million to lie about I-1631 because they don’t want to be held accountable for polluting our air and water.
The same groups who wrote I-1631 won an agreement requiring Trans-Alta to stop burning coal by 2025. This agreement is a model for the kind of just transition we want to see, requiring Trans-Alta to invest in clean energy training and development, and even build a solar farm on their old coal mine. I-1631 ensures that Trans-Alta stops burning coal by 2025.
Big oil companies are spending record amounts lying about this agreement to avoid accountability for their pollution.