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Carbon Washington successfully gathered signatures statewide to place I-732, a revenue neutral carbon tax on the 2016 ballot. This initiative aims to cut carbon emissions by taxing carbon polluters, while decreasing the burden on working families by lowering sales tax and funding the working families rebate.
Key points of this plan:
Click here to learn more about CarbonWA's initiative.
Washington state has emerged as a leader in clean energy technology. This means we're well-positioned to help transition toward a clean energy future, especially here in Whatcom County, which is home to the state's largest solar industry employer — Itek Energy. Critical work is needed to keep this local economic engine going. State policy investing in solar energy development has given Washington a lead in this emerging industry, but in order to maintain our lead, we need to continue to invest pro-actively in the future. New legislation is needed to ensure that the tax benefits and cost rebates that drive investment and job growth in the solar industry are maintained and extended. Tell your state legislators: Let's keep Washington state open for solar business. Renew the solar energy rebate!
— to out-of-state oil companies via a little-known tax loophole. It’s time to hold polluters accountable for the pollution they put into our air and water, not support them with public funds that should be focused on education and other community investments. that support strong families here at home. We need to close the fossil fuel loophole. Closing the Big Oil Tax Loophole is part of the Governor's Supplemental Budget.
Whatcom and San Juan counties get about a third of their energy from coal. Currently our local utility, Puget Sound Energy, relies on a dirty coal power plant in Montana called the Colstrip Generating Facility. This coal power plant is among the dirtiest in the country, and in some years has emitted the most pollution of any facility west of the Mississippi. This 2016 legislative session, our state government passed HB 6248 to bring about the shutdown of this dirty power plant and help facilitate the transition away from coal. After years of negotiation, Washington moved forward this year with critical legislation that will lead to the closure of the Colstrip power plant after 2023. Click here to learn more about the Sierra Club's Coal-Free PSE initiative.
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