Move over California – we have a new environmental leader
No, I’m not talking about politics.
I’m talking about the members of an alliance formed to defeat I-732.
What is it?
I-732 is an initiative that’s proposing a tax on carbon emissions in Washington state.
It’s the first time in the country this type of initiative is going to be on the ballot.
(Move over California. We have a new environmental leader.)
Who oppose I-732?
Businesses and union leaders. The initiative also gets opposition from unlikely places: environmental organizations like Sierra Club.
(Strange bedfellows indeed!)
The reason for the opposition?
Business lobbyists say that imposing tax on carbon emissions will make it difficult for local businesses to compete with those from out-of-state.
And groups that you would normally think would jump with joy at this type of initiative — they don’t.
Because they don’t like its current terms.
They want to address climate change AND economic inequality.
In one package.
Why those in favor say it’s a good thing
Its proponents say that a carbon tax will reduce pollution.
And the way it’s set up is based on a well-known truth: people respond much more favorably to incentives.
As opposed to a set of rules and regulations that would be expensive to enforce.
Interestingly, the only environmental group to support I-732 is the Audubon Society.
With its revenue-neutral format, the initiative also seems to have a bipartisan support.
(And that’s a good thing, right?)
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