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Friday, October 7th, 2016

Poll Watch: Tina Podlodowski narrowly ahead of Kim Wyman; I‑732 well under fifty percent

With Novem­ber 8th only a month away, we’re start­ing to see new polling released on a near-dai­ly basis. Today, KOMO TV and Strate­gies 360 released a new set of results from a recent poll they col­lab­o­rat­ed on, while Tina Pod­lodowski’s cam­paign dis­trib­uted find­ings from a poll show­ing Pod­lodows­ki nar­row­ly ahead of incum­bent Repub­li­can Kim Wyman in the con­test for Wash­ing­ton Sec­re­tary of State.

With Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee and U.S. Sen­a­tor Pat­ty Mur­ray wide­ly expect­ed to cruise to new terms, and Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son with­out a Repub­li­can oppo­nent this year, the mar­quee matchups are fur­ther downballot.

Per­haps no con­test is con­sid­ered to be as close as that for Sec­re­tary of State. Incum­bent Kim Wyman is the only Repub­li­can cur­rent­ly serv­ing in the exec­u­tive depart­ment, and faces an incred­i­bly strong Demo­c­ra­t­ic chal­lenger in for­mer Seat­tle City Coun­cilmem­ber and expe­ri­enced busi­ness leader Tina Podlodowski.

In the August Top Two elec­tion, Wyman gar­nered 47.9%. Pod­lodows­ki fin­ished only 23,882 votes behind, cap­tur­ing 46.13% of the vote.

Democ­rats are fired up about Pod­lodowski’s chances, while Repub­li­cans are increas­ing­ly ner­vous about Wyman’s.

Pod­lodowski’s cam­paign has just giv­en them anoth­er rea­son to be con­cerned by releas­ing fresh polling that shows Pod­lodows­ki ahead.

Norm­ing­ton Petts — which also counts Hillary Clin­ton, Jason Kan­der, and Tam­my Duck­worth as clients — reports that in a sur­vey con­duct­ed from Sep­tem­ber 27th-29th of six hun­dred like­ly Novem­ber vot­ers, 35% of respon­dents said they planned to vote for Pod­lodows­ki, while only 31% planned to vote for Wyman.

“Pod­lodows­ki leads despite the fact that near­ly twice as many vot­ers know Wyman,” not­ed NP’s Jill Norm­ing­ton in a memo pre­pared for pub­lic distribution.

“Not only is Pod­lodows­ki already ahead of Wyman, the major­i­ty of unde­cid­ed vot­ers are Democ­rats. Of the 34% who are cur­rent­ly unde­cid­ed, 53% are Democ­rats, while 25% are Inde­pen­dents and 22% are Repub­li­cans. More­over, the unde­cid­ed vot­ers at the Sec­re­tary of State lev­el are vot­ing for Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee for reelec­tion 51%-21%. If Pod­lodows­ki has the nec­es­sary resources to per­suade these unde­cid­ed vot­ers, she will be in a strong posi­tion to win in November.”

The Norm­ing­ton Petts sur­vey has a mar­gin of error of ±4.0%

Mean­while, Strate­gies 360 and KOMO TV have released results that show U.S. Sen­a­tor Pat­ty Mur­ray with a com­fy lead over Repub­li­can chal­lenger Chris Vance.

“In this poll of 500 like­ly vot­ers inter­viewed statewide, 57% said they would vote for Mur­ray, as opposed to 36% for Vance,” report­ed KOMO’s Robert Mak. “Mur­ray, first elect­ed to the Sen­ate in 1992, main­tains a high approval rat­ing with 57% view­ing her favor­ably, and 30% hav­ing an unfa­vor­able impression.”

KOMO/Strategies 360 also released results for three of the six ini­tia­tives that are appear­ing on Wash­ing­ton’s bal­lot. They found:

  • 62% sup­port for Ini­tia­tive 1433 (min­i­mum wage and paid leave);
  • 79% sup­port for Ini­tia­tive 1491 (extreme risk pro­tec­tion orders);
  • 42% sup­port for Ini­tia­tive 732 (Car­bon­WA’s tax swap scheme).

Back in June, NPI and Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Polling asked a sam­ple of like­ly vot­ers about these same ini­tia­tives, and found the following:

  • 58% sup­port for Ini­tia­tive 1433 (min­i­mum wage and paid leave);
  • 73% sup­port for Ini­tia­tive 1491 (extreme risk pro­tec­tion orders);
  • 52% sup­port for Ini­tia­tive 732 (Car­bon­WA’s tax swap scheme).

I‑1433 and I‑1491 polled 4% and 6% high­er, respec­tive­ly, in the KOMO/Strategies 360 poll than in our poll, which sug­gests that vot­ers are actu­al­ly becom­ing more enthused about these pro­gres­sive ideas, not less. That’s encouraging.

The same can­not be said about Car­bon­WA’s I‑732, a pro­pos­al to levy a tax on pol­lu­tants and use the rev­enue to can­cel out sales and B&O tax­es — includ­ing much of what’s left of Boe­ing’s already-reduced tax obligations.

With a month left to go, I‑732 is under water. Only 42% of respon­dents sur­veyed by KOMO/Strategies 360 indi­cat­ed sup­port for I‑732. 37% indi­cat­ed oppo­si­tion, and 21% report­ed that they are undecided.

Unde­cid­ed vot­ers can swing yes or no, as Car­bon­WA point­ed out sev­er­al weeks ago after Stu­art Elway pub­lished research show­ing lack­lus­ter sup­port for I‑732 and a high num­ber of unde­cid­ed vot­ers. How­ev­er, it is more com­mon for unde­cid­ed vot­ers to break no than yes when a strong oppo­si­tion cam­paign is in place to effec­tive­ly make the argu­ments against. When in doubt, peo­ple tend to vote no.

I‑732 arguably faces stronger oppo­si­tion than any of the oth­er ini­tia­tives on the bal­lot this year. Though NPI would very much like to put a price on pol­lu­tion, we oppose I‑732 because we believe it is fatal­ly flawed. So does the labor com­mu­ni­ty and pro­gres­sive orga­ni­za­tions like OneAmerica.

KOMO/Strategies 360 appear not to have polled on I‑1501, I‑1464, or I‑735, which are also on Wash­ing­ton’s Novem­ber 2016 statewide ballot.

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6 Comments

  1. You folks need to reeval­u­ate your mis­tak­en oppo­si­tion to 732. Much of what you say is demon­stra­bly inaccurate.

    Polling is increas­ing­ly favor­able for I 732

    In August it was 34% for, 37% against, 30% undecided
    The last poll is 42% for, 37% no, 21% undecided

    I 732 is now ahead and unde­cid­eds are mov­ing towards it as they learn more about it.

    I 732 is the most pro­gres­sive, pro-envi­ron­ment mea­sure in decades and it is stun­ning you folks are not sup­port­ing it.

    A car­bon tax is sup­port­ed wide­ly as the most effec­tive way to reduce car­bon usage. The funds are used to make our state tax sys­tem less regres­sive, some­thing all pro­gres­sives support.
    The rev­enue-neg­a­tive esti­mates have been proven to be in error (check Sight­line) and I732 is very, very close to neu­tral­i­ty. You can’t do any better.

    Do you folks want to end up like the Nad­er sup­port­ers who helped elect Bush? Do you want to have the respon­si­bil­i­ty of defeat­ing the most pro­gres­sive, effec­tive means of reduc­ing car­bon usage avail­able? You are work­ing against facts and your own inter­ests. Can you reconsider?…cliff mass

    # by Cliff Mass :: October 8th, 2016 at 10:57 AM
  2. Cliff, it’s Octo­ber. Bal­lots are about to drop. An ini­tia­tive that’s well under fifty per­cent is in bad shape — peri­od. Below fifty per­cent is a place that a Yes cam­paign does not want to be.

    Are the num­bers for I‑732 in the Strate­gies 360 poll bet­ter than the August Elway poll? Sure… but they’re also worse than NPI’s own poll back in June, which I ref­er­enced above and which you omit­ted in your comment. 

    Add in our research, and you can’t say “polling is increas­ing­ly favor­able for I‑732”. We found I‑732 with 52% sup­port statewide in June. Best show­ing we’ve seen for it. KOMO/Strategies 360’s research puts I‑732 at 42% sup­port. And keep in mind that on the oth­er ini­tia­tives they test­ed (I‑1433, I‑1491), they found high­er sup­port than we did. Those cam­paigns are clear­ly in a posi­tion to win.

    How the unde­cid­ed vot­ers break will cer­tain­ly mat­ter. But as I said above, when in doubt, peo­ple tend to vote no. 

    We dis­agree with your char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of I‑732. There is very lit­tle about it we find progressive. 

    Yoram Bau­man has admit­ted that Car­bon­WA craft­ed I‑732 in order to go chas­ing after Repub­li­can vot­ers, who polling con­sis­tent­ly shows are sim­ply not inter­est­ed in putting a price on pol­lu­tion. As he said:

    I am increas­ing­ly con­vinced that the path to cli­mate action is through the Repub­li­can Par­ty. Yes, there are chal­lenges on the right — skep­ti­cism about cli­mate sci­ence and about tax reform — but those are sur­mount­able with time and effort. The same can­not be said of the chal­lenges on the left: an unyield­ing desire to tie every­thing to big­ger gov­ern­ment, and a will­ing­ness to use race and class as polit­i­cal weapons in order to pur­sue that desire.

    We can do so much bet­ter than I‑732.

    I‑732 ded­i­cates no mon­ey to tack­le our mas­sive infra­struc­ture deficit and ease our tran­si­tion to a clean ener­gy econ­o­my. Instead, rev­enue would be used to can­cel out oth­er tax­es, includ­ing much of what is left of Boe­ing’s tax oblig­a­tions.

    I advise you to stop try­ing to shame peo­ple into sup­port­ing I‑732 by telling them that if they don’t vote for I‑732, they will be akin to Nad­er supporters/Bush enablers. You’ve been say­ing this a lot, Cliff, and it’s not help­ing your cause. 

    We’ve been dis­cussing I‑732’s flaws here on the Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate peri­od­i­cal­ly for over a year. Our assess­ment is that I‑732 is bad pol­i­cy. NPI there­fore rec­om­mends a NO vote on I‑732.

    The real cli­mate action plan on the bal­lot this year is Sound Tran­sit 3, which we strong­ly sup­port. In the words of Michael Brune:

    Sound Tran­sit esti­mates that if Propo­si­tion 1 pass­es, the entire Sound Tran­sit sys­tem by 2040 would reduce an esti­mat­ed 793,000 tons of green­house-gas emis­sions annu­al­ly and cut vehi­cle miles trav­eled by near­ly 300 mil­lion to 400 mil­lion miles as peo­ple switch from sit­ting in traf­fic to rid­ing on tran­sit. If Wash­ing­ton state is going to do its part to reduce green­house-gas emis­sions to the lev­els called for in the recent­ly rat­i­fied Paris cli­mate agree­ment, it needs an ambi­tious invest­ment in rapid-tran­sit like Sound Tran­sit 3.

    We agree and we urge a yes vote on Region­al Propo­si­tion 1. 

    # by Andrew :: October 8th, 2016 at 12:38 PM
  3. Andrew writes that Sound Tran­sit Propo­si­tion 1 would reduce an esti­mat­ed 793,000 tonnes of GHG annually.

    I‑732, if approved, is expect­ed to lead to a 10% reduc­tion in WA’s annu­al emis­sions of 83 mil­lion tonnes of GHG. Do the math… that’s 8.3 mil­lion tonnes annu­al­ly, or more than 10X what Propo­si­tion 1 hopes for. 

    https://yeson732.org/plain-language/

    While I think that Propo­si­tion 1 is wor­thy to vote for, it’s no sub­sti­tute for a car­bon tax.

    While I would also vote for a car­bon tax that pro­vides lots of rev­enues for crum­bling infra­struc­ture and green jobs, the fact is that a) tax increas­es are a tough sell in our state; and a) no such alter­na­tive ini­tia­tive exists on the bal­lot — nobody but Car­bon­WA i732 man­aged to get off their butts to write one. We can’t afford to wait anoth­er 4 years. I urge a “yes” vote on i732.

    # by Christopher E Greacen :: October 15th, 2016 at 5:29 PM
  4. I have to agree with Cliff on your oppo­si­tion to I‑732. It does­n’t make sense. I recent­ly just reg­is­tered in Clark Coun­ty after liv­ing in Clacka­mas Coun­ty, OR specif­i­cal­ly to vote ‘YES’ on this propo­si­tion. As a for­mer Ore­gon­ian (no sales tax) and some­one who is cur­rent­ly unem­ployed, I can tell you how shame­ful it is for orga­ni­za­tions pur­port­ing to be con­cerned about cli­mate change AND low-income/mi­nor­i­ty com­mu­ni­ties to be active­ly telling Wash­ing­to­ni­ans to vote against this mea­sure in the hopes that, some­day in the future, we will have a ‘divine’ car­bon tax scheme that exac­er­bates this state’s already hor­ri­bly regres­sive tax sys­tem. It’s a sleight of hand and naked­ly polit­i­cal agenda.

    British Colum­bia passed a rev­enue neu­tral car­bon tax in 2008 or 2009 and it has been suc­cess­ful. The entire coun­try of Cana­da will now have car­bon tax as well. Wash­ing­ton State now has that oppor­tu­ni­ty and you’re telling us ‘NO’ because it would cost the state of Wash­ing­ton $800 mil­lion over 3 bienniums? 

    Did you for­get to tell vot­ers what Wash­ing­ton’s annu­al rev­enue gen­er­a­tion is and what per­cent that new short­fall would be? 

    Did you for­get to tell vot­ers that fix­ing the bud­get short­fall pri­or to putting it on the bal­lot was not polit­i­cal­ly fea­si­ble and that any changes to the tax sys­tem, includ­ing what Boe­ing pays, can be made after it passes?

    Did you for­get to tell vot­ers that if it was­n’t rev­enue neu­tral or close to rev­enue neu­tral, as you have pro­posed, than you would be adding an addi­tion­al sales tax to a state that has no income tax, there­by hurt­ing low income com­mu­ni­ties not help­ing them?

    Did you for­get to tell vot­ers that Wash­ing­ton’s true bud­get short­fall is the result of rely­ing pre­dom­i­nant­ly on a sales tax in the age of the Inter­net and that this new tax shift was nev­er designed to fix that problem?

    Did you for­get to tell vot­ers that Wash­ing­ton’s ini­tia­tive process is gov­erned by the sin­gle-sub­ject rule and any alter­na­tive pro­pos­al includ­ing spend­ing col­lect­ed tax from a car­bon tax on a host of envi­ron­men­tal group’s wish list items could be open to legal challenge?

    Did you for­get to tell vot­ers that Repub­li­cans and con­ser­v­a­tives are also peo­ple, that their voic­es mat­ter, that they vote, and that your Yoram Bau­man quote is iron­i­cal­ly apt?

    Did you for­get to tell vot­ers that if they pass this mea­sure now, it becomes more polit­i­cal­ly fea­si­ble for oth­er states includ­ing Ore­gon and Cal­i­for­nia, should its cap and trade sys­tem be deemed a tax and scrapped, to imple­ment their own car­bon tax schemes thus snow­balling the move­ment to mit­i­gate increas­ing glob­al tem­per­a­tures in a coun­try with the tech­nol­o­gy and GDP to do it?

    Did you for­get to tell vot­ers what the cur­rent costs and trends are for the price of renew­able ener­gy and that fur­ther sub­si­diz­ing those indus­tries runs the risk of entrench­ing cor­po­rate inter­ests and idio­syn­crat­ic lob­by­ing efforts for decades to come as was the case for fos­sil fuels?

    Did you for­get to tell vot­ers that Washington’s ener­gy pro­duc­tion port­fo­lio is already major­i­ty renew­able when includ­ing hydro­elec­tric­i­ty and that a car­bon tax in this state is designed to mit­i­gate trans­porta­tion sec­tor car­bon emis­sions not ener­gy pro­duc­tion unless you think EV’s and vehi­cle automa­tion are already mature and ful­ly adopt­ed technologies?

    …And who in their right mind (out of all the things writ­ten in this post) thinks that Sound Tran­sit 3 is the ‘REAL’ cli­mate action plan com­pared to I‑732? Every trans­porta­tion engi­neer would find that claim laugh­able. You want to wait until 2040 with all the known issues and uncer­tain­ties sur­round­ing large trans­porta­tion projects pro­ject­ed decades in advance to see which one reduced CO2 emis­sions more up to that point in time? Bye bye coastal Flori­da. For the record, Seat­tle is not the entire state of Wash­ing­ton. Just, you know, FYI. 

    You aren’t telling vot­ers these things because, like the lob­by­ing groups, you have a nar­row focus and mind­set on what is right and what isn’t. Frankly, I’m glad econ­o­mists at UW and not envi­ron­men­tal and labor groups wrote this propo­si­tion because they’re not up to the task. They miss the for­est for the trees on issues of the gravest importance.

    If you’re going to wait around to mit­i­gate fos­sil fuel use by not com­pro­mis­ing when the oppor­tu­ni­ty presents itself, your shoot­ing your­self (and every­one else includ­ing Earth) in the foot (read: face). Get your act togeth­er. This is edi­to­ri­al­ized nonsense!

    # by Drew Mahedy :: October 17th, 2016 at 12:51 PM
  5. Dear Andrew and all

    My per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al opin­ion is that some pro­gres­sive groups like NPI who are opposed to I‑732 are clear­ly mak­ing per­fect the ene­my of good.

    Andrew, I respect your opin­ion about I‑732 not putting the tax­es towards infra­struc­ture and oth­er cli­mate mit­i­ga­tion (or cli­mate reduc­tion) strate­gies, but I respect­ful­ly dis­agree that it is “fatal­ly lawed”.. Just look at what you said about ST3 (which I also support):

    “…the entire Sound Tran­sit sys­tem by 2040 would reduce an esti­mat­ed 793,000 tons of green­house-gas emis­sions annually…”

    The oper­a­tive part of that sen­tence is 2040! That’s 25 years from now, a time when sci­en­tists tell us that we will have already blown past the abil­i­ty to keep warm­ing to 2°C and ocean acid­i­fi­ca­tion will by some esti­mates have already doomed most of the world’s coral reefs. 

    That is unless we dras­ti­cal­ly reduce car­bon pol­lu­tion now, some­thing which many econ­o­mists and sci­en­tists alike agree that a car­bon tax has the best chance of accomplishing.

    Just as many of us in WA state vot­ed for I‑502 despite its flaws, I would like­wise sug­gest a vote on I‑732 even if you think it does­n’t go far enough.

    You all know full well that tax­es are VERY dif­fi­cult to pass in this state, hence the rev­enue neu­tral­i­ty of this ini­tia­tive. This is the same approach cur­rent­ly work­ing well in British Colum­bia for the past sev­en years, and it is the strat­e­gy advo­cat­ed by one of the lead­ing (and orig­i­nal) voic­es in the USA argu­ing for urgent action on cli­mate change: Dr. James Hansen.

    As for the B&O tax cred­it, this is a drop in the buck­et com­pared to the tax breaks that Boe­ing already gets, so I think this is a dis­trac­tion from the real issue at hand. The big­ger issue is this tax cred­it address­es a very valid con­cern with rais­ing a statewide car­bon tax: man­u­fac­tur­ers may decide to relocate.

    The key is this: pol­luters will pay more, thus incen­tiviz­ing low­er car­bon man­u­fac­tur­ing and oth­er lifestyle choic­es through­out the state. 

    On such an urgent issue like cli­mate change, we do not have the lux­u­ry to wait when we are so clear­ly long over­due address­ing it. We need to act now and act bold­ly. Any slight vari­a­tions from rev­enue neu­tral­i­ty in I‑732 can be fixed leg­isla­tive­ly, but extinct ani­mals and flood­ed islands can’t.

    Please vote YES on I‑732.

    Sin­cere­ly
    Jason Hodin, Ph.D.

    Senior Research Scientist
    UW Fri­day Har­bor Marine Laboratory
    Fri­day Har­bor, WA

    # by Jason Hodin :: October 17th, 2016 at 7:17 PM
    • Drew, Jason, thanks for stop­ping by and shar­ing your thoughts.

      I’m dis­ap­point­ed to hear pro­po­nents of Car­bon­WA’s I‑732 con­tin­ue to hold up British Columbi­a’s expe­ri­ence as some kind of a suc­cess sto­ry, when it’s noth­ing of the sort. Drew, you wrote:

      British Colum­bia passed a rev­enue neu­tral car­bon tax in 2008 or 2009 and it has been suc­cess­ful. The entire coun­try of Cana­da will now have car­bon tax as well. 

      And Jason, you wrote:

      You all know full well that tax­es are VERY dif­fi­cult to pass in this state, hence the rev­enue neu­tral­i­ty of this ini­tia­tive. This is the same approach cur­rent­ly work­ing well in British Colum­bia for the past sev­en years, and it is the strat­e­gy advo­cat­ed by one of the lead­ing (and orig­i­nal) voic­es in the USA argu­ing for urgent action on cli­mate change: Dr. James Hansen.

      Your com­ments lead me to won­der just how famil­iar you both are with the pol­i­tics of British Colum­bia. I have been up there to cov­er their elec­tions for NPI. I’ve met with activists and can­di­dates; I’ve attend­ed cam­paign events held by both of the main polit­i­cal par­ties (the BCNDP and the B.C. Liberals). 

      The real­i­ty is that B.C.‘s emis­sions have been going up, not down. The province is sim­ply not the cli­mate action leader it claims to be, as the B.C. Sier­ra Club will tell you. The car­bon tax they have is not keep­ing emis­sions in check. 

      On Mon­day of this week, Food & Water Watch released a report exam­in­ing B.C.‘s car­bon tax, con­clud­ing it has been a fail­ure. They note:

      The Cana­di­an province of British Colum­bia imple­ment­ed a car­bon tax on cer­tain fos­sil fuels in July of 2008. Some experts and pric­ing pro­po­nents are using the British Colum­bia car­bon tax exam­ple to pro­mote car­bon tax­es and oth­er mar­ket mech­a­nisms as a way to pur­port­ed­ly reduce green­house gas emis­sions and address our cli­mate prob­lem. Unfor­tu­nate­ly for these free-mar­ket pro­po­nents, the real-world record fails to demon­strate that British Columbia’s car­bon tax reduced car­bon emis­sions, fos­sil fuel con­sump­tion or vehi­cle trav­el. Most of the mod­est and short-term reduc­tions in emis­sions seem to be relat­ed pri­mar­i­ly to the 2008 glob­al reces­sion, not to the car­bon tax. More recent­ly, British Columbia’s emis­sions have resumed their rise.

      This report exam­ines the British Colum­bia pro­gram and finds that this type of pric­ing approach is not going to save the plan­et or safe­guard our com­mu­ni­ties. A more straight­for­ward approach of reg­u­lat­ing emis­sions would be sig­nif­i­cant­ly more effec­tive at curb­ing cli­mate change.

      The full report is here.

      When I was up in B.C. in 2013 for the provin­cial elec­tion, Christy Clark (who’s still in charge of the province) was boast­ing about how liq­ue­fied nat­ur­al gas (LNG) was the future — and the key to financ­ing B.C.‘s schools. I was hor­ri­fied. She and her par­ty pay lip ser­vice to the idea of cli­mate action, but they seem­ing­ly haven’t met a pipeline or export ter­mi­nal project they don’t like. The B.C. Lib­er­als are gophers for the fos­sil fuels indus­try north of the bor­der. In NPI’s view, they are one of the biggest groups of green­wash­ers in history. 

      To slow down our plan­et’s fever, we MUST aban­don fos­sil fuels. We have to ban frack­ing (a posi­tion Bernie Sanders spoke to dur­ing his cam­paign and thank­ful­ly pressed Hillary Clin­ton to adopt), we need a mora­to­ri­um on oil/coal trains, we need to put the kibosh on all pro­posed coal/oil/LNG export ter­mi­nals — we need to take aggres­sive action to stop per­pet­u­at­ing our depen­dence on fos­sil fuels. We can’t wait to do this.

      Under Christy Clark and the not-lib­er­al B.C. Lib­er­als, British Colum­bia is going in the WRONG DIRECTION. (Cana­da as a whole is hav­ing prob­lems end­ing its fos­sil fuel depen­den­cy too.)

      Yet, mere­ly because B.C. has a car­bon tax it imposed years ago under a dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ment, it’s mis­lead­ing­ly being held up as this shin­ing role mod­el, again and again, by Car­bon­WA rep­re­sen­ta­tives in pre­sen­ta­tions they’ve giv­en across this state, as a val­i­da­tion of the approach they’ve cho­sen. The Yes on 732 camp is not telling peo­ple the whole sto­ry about what’s going in British Colum­bia. That upsets me. The team at NPI stands in sol­i­dar­i­ty with the tribes and pro­gres­sive activists in B.C. who are fight­ing every day to stop bad projects like the Kinder Mor­gan pipeline. 

      We do not want to fol­low B.C.‘s lead on ener­gy and pol­lu­tion pric­ing — they are the poster child for what NOT to do!

      If we’re going to imple­ment a pol­lu­tion tax here in Wash­ing­ton State, then let’s do it thought­ful­ly and let’s raise some rev­enue to address our infra­struc­ture deficit. Instead of I‑732, NPI would like to see us come togeth­er as a state to craft a pol­i­cy that has near unan­i­mous sup­port from pro­gres­sives and also earns the sup­port of bicon­cep­tu­als and rea­son­able, envi­ron­men­tal­ly-con­scious con­ser­v­a­tives. We reject as total­ly false the con­tention that it’s 732 or nothing.

      # by Andrew :: October 28th, 2016 at 9:29 PM