Posted inPolicy Topics

Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy files initiative to put a price on pollution in 2018

Fol­low­ing the Leg­is­la­ture’s fail­ure to reach agree­ment on a plan to put a price on pol­lu­tion in Wash­ing­ton State, the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Ener­gy (of which NPI is a mem­ber) has announced that it is mov­ing for­ward with plans to qual­i­fy an ini­tia­tive to the Novem­ber bal­lot that would impose a fee on emissions. 

Posted inOur Environment, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Oil train derails and catches fire near Mosier, Oregon, fulfilling fears of progressive activists

A great many peo­ple in the pro­gres­sive move­ment have been warn­ing that it would only be a mat­ter of time before an insuf­­fi­­cien­t­­ly-secured coal or oil train derailed here in the Pacif­ic North­west. And now, it’s hap­pened: A mul­ti-car oil train derail­ment Fri­day in the Colum­bia Riv­er Gorge near Mosier sent up a mas­sive plume […]

Posted inElections, Our Environment, Policy Topics

Washington State Democratic Party takes position opposing CarbonWA’s I‑732

Yes­ter­day, dur­ing the mid­dle day of its 2016 win­ter meet­ing, the Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty went on record as opposed to Car­bon­WA’s I‑732, join­ing the Wash­ing­ton State Labor Coun­cil and IAM’s Dis­trict Lodge 751 in the no camp. I‑732 is a com­plex tax swap pro­pos­al that would levy a car­bon tax while also reduc­ing sales […]

Posted inLegislative Advocacy, Our Environment, Policy Topics

Washington State Labor Council votes to oppose CarbonWA’s Initiative 732

The Wash­ing­ton State Labor Coun­cil, AFL-CIO, a fed­er­a­tion of more than six hun­dred unions rep­re­sent­ing near­ly half a mil­lion work­ers in Wash­ing­ton State, announced today that it has tak­en a posi­tion for­mal­ly oppos­ing Car­bon­WA’s I‑732, which back­ers have adver­tised as a “rev­enue neu­tral” tax swap that would levy a tax on emis­sions of gas­es like […]

Posted inOur Environment, Policy Topics

CarbonWA’s I‑732 barely survives random sample check, Secretary of State reports

Car­bon­WA’s Ini­tia­tive 732, a sup­pos­ed­ly “rev­enue neu­tral” pro­pos­al to levy a statewide tax on car­bon emis­sions while low­er­ing Wash­ing­ton’s sales and B&O tax­es, has nar­row­ly qual­i­fied as an ini­tia­tive to the 2016 Leg­is­la­ture fol­low­ing a ran­dom sam­ple check, says the chief spokesman for Sec­re­tary of State Kim Wyman. In an ear­ly evening press release, Wyman’s Communications […]