Washington coalition to push carbonpricing ballot measure

first_imgSEATTLE — One day after a carbon tax bill stalled in the Washington Legislature, a coalition of environmental, community and labor groups on Friday filed a proposed citizens’ initiative that would put a price on carbon emissions.Saying voters, communities and businesses want strong action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, initiative sponsors want to ask voters in November to charge large emitters such as power plants and refineries.They’ll first need to collect nearly 260,000 valid voters’ signatures by July 6 to certify the measure for the November ballot.Aiko Schaefer, who directs Front and Centered, one of the initiative backers, said the measure would hold corporate polluters accountable while investing in solutions that protect health, water and forests.The proposal would charge $15 per metric ton of carbon content of fossil fuels and electricity sold or used in the state starting in 2020. It would increase by $2 a year in 2021 until the state meets its carbon emissions reduction goal for 2035.Backers say money raised would be spent on strategies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including projects for renewable energy, forests and other natural resources.last_img read more