As we all know, we are feeling the impacts of climate change here and now. We don’t have a minute to lose when it comes to taking real action to reduce climate pollution in Washington state. Leadership isn't coming from Congress, and our legislature has tried multiple times and failed. So this year, we the people are stepping up and have put forward an initiative that puts a fee on climate pollution and invests in clean energy like wind and solar, healthy forests, and clean water.
Initiative 1631 – the Clean Air, Clean Energy initiative – recently turned in more than 370,000 signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Now, it is time for us to get to work on passing it!
We need our state’s largest utility, Puget Sound Energy, to join us in support of I-1631 for a cleaner, healthier state for their 1.5 million customers in Washington. PSE has already committed to reducing its carbon emissions, and I-1631 is a straightforward way to help PSE meet their commitment to provide their customers with cleaner energy.
PSE can be part of the broad cross-section of Washington leaders – small and large businesses, labor unions, communities of color, environmental groups, health professionals, faith organizations, tribes, and others – who came together to craft this policy and are working together to pass it.
As a key player in shaping our energy future, we need Puget Sound Energy to be part of this broad partnership to deliver clean energy and energy efficiency to their customers and transition off dirty energy. I-1631 gives Puget Sound Energy the tools to do just that because it incorporates many of the suggestions the company made during the development of the initiative in order to ensure it is effective, equitable, and workable.