Update, Tue, Oct 23
Cliff Mass has posted a second article on why we should vote NO on I-1631. He is getting a lot of push back from liberals but they are not arguing with his facts. They are pummeling him on his supposed motivations, or that he is not a real climate change believer. Or that he might be a closet Republican. Even that he is a racist and that explains why he is against I-1631. Yes, our liberals are personally attacking him in an effort to cause people to not believe Cliff. They are not discussing the issues of the initiative. It is a sad thing to read.
Liberals like to say Trump and Republicans and mega corporations lie to get their way. Well, liberals lie when it is beneficial to get their way also. As we are witnessing this so thoroughly in this I-1631 campaign. We liberals should be above such. We should have a respect for the truth and the facts. Isn’t that who we pretend to be?
The liberal political operatives who are slandering Cliff Mass are doing so because they will be the financial beneficiaries if I-1631 passes. And they have fooled so many good solid truth loving liberal friends of mine. If I-1631 passes then we will not have another chance to pass a good carbon tax initiative because 1631 will be the carbon tax. These groups who wrote up I-1631 and are campaigning for it are mostly the same groups who helped defeat the very good carbon tax initiative I-732 two years ago. That tax would not have benefited them. It would have benefited the environment. This I-1631 does not just have a couple minor flaws - its whole structure is to give Billions of our tax dollars every year to unelected enviros and private groups to decide how to spend. That is not a minor flaw.
Read Cliff Mass’s second article. And his first if you have not yet. Cliff is an independent thinker who cares very much for our environment.
Below posted Wed, Oct 17
Cliff Mass, the well known University of Washington weather professor and blog writer, wrote an excellent article on why we environmentalists should vote NO on initiative 1631, the carbon tax issue.
This can be a hard decision for those committed to environmental quality as the proponents speak so glowingly of how this will help. But the actual initiative wording does not support the warm fuzzy promotion. This initiative is a deception. As a liberal and progressive and environmentalist it is sad when we liberals deceive the public for our causes.
We can do better. Washington is a green state and we should be showing others how it is done. But if we pass this very deceptive and absurd initiative then we will not have any chance to pass a good carbon tax initiative. I support a carbon tax as being an excellent way to fund real environmental needs and to encourage cleaner industries. This initiative exempts the coal fired power plants and the pulp mills and many others. As Cliff notes, this will simply raise our gasoline taxes at the pump and we will pay, not the polluters.
I’m an environmentalist, a tree hugger, and have been my entire life. I was raised that way. My father wrote articles for the magazine “Organic Gardening” in the 1950s. We had a pesticide and chemical free garden for half our back yard from which we got our table food. When we moved a block up the street to our new home in 1946, neighbors helped my father move his compost pile to our new garden. At 5 years old, I did my share. My mother read Silent Spring when it came out and encouraged us kids to read it. So, decades before the word ‘environmentalist’ was coined, I was brought up as one.
We do need a good carbon tax in Washington state. Let us not waste the opportunity to create one by approving this absurd and greedy initiative with its deceptive promises. Vote NO on I-1631. And then let’s start a real grassroots move for a truly good carbon tax initiative.
Read Cliff’s article. He covers the specifics.