Initiative 732 would make polluters pay, reduce the state’s sales tax and help birds and people.
SEATTLE, Wash.–(ENEWSPF)–November 3, 2016—In an op-ed for the Huffington Post, National Audubon Society President and CEO David Yarnold called on voters in Washington state to make history by passing the United States’ first carbon tax.
“Voters in Washington state have the chance to do something many people only talk about: put real measures in place to fight climate change,” wrote Yarnold.
Initiative 732 is a revenue-neutral tax swap that would put a rising price on carbon pollution while reducing the sales tax in the state by one percent, fund a rebate of up to $1,500 for more than 400,000 working families and eliminate the business and operations tax for Washington manufacturers.
“How much longer can we wait to finally take meaningful action on climate change?” asked Gail Gatton, executive director for Audubon Washington. “Initiative 732 will help birds and people by reducing carbon pollution and lowering our sales tax. Opportunity doesn’t knock very often, so let’s open the door to a cleaner future.”
The 2014 Audubon Birds and Climate Change Report shows that more than half of the bird species found in North America could disappear from their current ranges by 2080 if action is not taken to reduce carbon pollution. Up to 189 species in the report are found in Washington state, including the Bald Eagle, the Rufous Hummingbird and the Osprey. Economists and climate scientists agree that a price on carbon pollution is the most effective way to reign in the greenhouse-gas emissions warming the planet.
“The Yes on I-732 campaign shows that large numbers of people are tired of seeing too little happen to fight climate change and are dedicated to taking action,” said Yoram Bauman, economist, author of I-732 and founder and co-chair of Carbon Washington. “With I-732 we have a historic opportunity to become the first state in the country to put a price on carbon emissions, accelerate the shift to a clean-energy economy and make our tax system more equitable for everyone.”
The most recent poll in the state found that 51% of Washington voters support or are leaning toward supporting I-732 and 44% do not support or are leaning toward not supporting.
Other supporters of the initiative include former Secretary of State George Shultz, U.S. Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA), world-renowned climate scientist James Hansen, actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Don Cheadle and editorial boards across the state, including Seattle Weekly, Seattle Business Magazine and The Stranger.
To learn more about Audubon Washington’s efforts to pass Initiative 732, please visit http://wa.audubon.org/732.
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