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January 12, 2015 at 4:31 PM

Climate plan: Legislature must act, or we’re coming for them

Young people are desperate to see meaningful action on climate change. However, the fossil-fuel industry has lobbied to block action at the federal level, so action falls to the state.

Fortunately, the governor has proposed a powerful cap-and-trade proposal [“Inslee seeks tax rebate for low-income families,” Local News, Jan. 1]. The plan is pretty great, and if the Legislature really cared about our future, it would pass it. But if the obstinate Legislature continues to fail us and future generations, and does not pass this (or any) climate plan, then we’re not going out without a fight.

Growing numbers of people, young and old, will pivot to the Carbon Washington campaign, and build a movement to pass a ballot initiative for a revenue-neutral carbon tax. The initiative would introduce a gradually rising price on carbon pollution, which would fund the Working Families Tax Rebate and reductions in the sales and B&O taxes.

So, legislators, you have a choice: Back the governor’s plan or we’re coming for you.

Morgan Sinclaire and Alex Lenferna, Seattle, members of Divest UW

Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Alex Lenferna, climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee

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