‘Yes’ on I-732

The Department of Ecology’s Clean Air Rule, which if implemented will require large industrial polluters to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions, is a good first step.

But the law by itself will not be sufficient to meet our state’s carbon reduction goals.

We can do more. Another action we can take would be to pass I-732, the carbon tax initiative. The initiative recognizes that there are two problems with energy taxes — they unfairly burden poor and middle-class taxpayers, and they put our in-state manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage.

For these reasons, the initiative offsets the carbon tax with equivalent cuts in the state sales and B&O taxes.

Climate change is an increasingly urgent problem. Contact the “Yes on 732” organization for more information on how putting a price on carbon can help resolve it.

Scott Rhodes

Clear Lake

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