This wasn’t the end, they swore; it was just the beginning. We noticed you have an ad blocker on. An engineer at Volvo isn’t likely to compare her efficiency costs to those of double-paned windows in a new high-rise. Not long ago, I met Golden in a noisy coffee shop a little over a mile away from the site of the election night failure, for a final postmortem. New tax hard to swallow; Washington Democrats pull fast one in Legislature’s last weekend By The News Tribune Editorial Board April 30, 2019 12:30 PM , This op-ed in The Snohomish Times on Jan. 19, 2019 explains what happened with the court ruling and what to expect moving forward. Jay Inslee on Thursday unveiled a 2021-23 operating budget proposal that includes $57.6 billion in spending for state operations such as schools, prisons, and social services. That physicality did connect up the dots for people.”. It made sense here, in a green-leaning state where calls to climate action ring louder than in, say, coal-dependent Wyoming. New data on greenhouse gas emissions in Washington shows signs of progress in the state’s efforts to cut the carbon pollution that is driving climate change. Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox. Another ambitious effort to pass a carbon tax in Washington state has faltered as both Gov. Whichever one I’d call, I’d find them together: They have been married for 19 years and often greeted me in unison in a well-worn routine. join us with a tax-deductible donation today. Sen. Tim Sheldon said the proposal is the best alternative for Republicans. Now, under the new Clean Buildings Act, Washington will be the nation’s leading state in commercial building energy requirements. “When my kid plays soccer, when he loses a game, I don’t say, ‘Don’t play soccer anymore.’ ”, But if climate hawks want to make progress, they’ll need to grapple with the cause of death for Initiative 1631. What, then, should we take away from the death of 1631? If you value what you get from Mother Jones, please join us with a tax-deductible donation today so we can keep on doing the type of journalism 2021 demands. Is any carbon tax doomed to fail? And there, at least, they seem to have taken the hint: That package sidesteps a carbon tax entirely. Available Documents. Early on election night, as a drizzly dusk settled over Seattle, I made my way to the Arctic Club, a hotel decorated with explorers’ maps and a fake polar bear—a fitting place to await the results on Washington’s carbon tax initiative. In the wake of the election, the couple published half a dozen pieces analyzing the failure that drew on their own discussions. The simplest explanation is that people just don’t like taxes, and oil and gas outspent green groups to exploit that dislike. And in the state of Washington, the carbon tax initiatives have suffered two successive defeats in 2016 and 2018. Washington's latest proposal also follows a federal report that showed the impacts of climate change are intensifying, including increased extreme weather, poor air quality and food shortages. It's us but for your ears. It’s a challenge to our moral imagination—and a big one. But when people need to choose between their day-to-day concerns and a future pot of money for projects they can’t imagine, the day-to-day wins. “All aspects of human life are now analyzed or represented in relation to climate: gender, violence, literature, security, architecture, the imagination, football, tourism, spirituality, ethics, and so on,” Hulme wrote. At 8:15 p.m., the buzz of conversation spiked, becoming a roar. In the US, advocates are crafting an economic stimulus package—a Green New Deal. A building standard, for example, might require different windows, different insulation, a different design … and by the time you’re done, it’s hard to disentangle what you did from what you might have done otherwise, and even harder to say how much more money per ton of carbon was effective. The rural communities of Hoquiam and Aberdeen unanimously banned new crude oil storage facilities in their towns. She came to believe it was a failure of Washington’s green self-mythology: “In Washington, we’re excited to support environmental action, as long as we don’t have to pay for it,” she said. Yet its failure had seemed improbable. Copyright © 2021 Mother Jones and the Foundation for National Progress. “It had all the structural factors in its favor,” said Dolšak, from the menacing weather that preceded the vote to the overall support for climate action in the state. And the messaging of the “No” on 1631 campaign fed on the rich vein of discontent around accountability for the funds the tax would raise, as well as the worry that voters, rather than large-scale polluters, would end up paying for the cost of climate change. Dolšak thought it was doomed, while Prakash acknowledged ruefully, “I thought it would pass.”, Not that Dolšak enjoyed being right; 1631’s defeat left them both deflated, she said. The warming climate will produce—in fact, it is already producing—challenges that altered consumption habits and more efficient buildings can’t pay for. In those days, Golden was fighting the “greenhouse effect,” an early name for the warming effects of carbon dioxide, and he won support by pointing to both reduced energy costs and environmental benefits. She used that argument to talk to her dad about climate change, invoking his sense of familial values and his worry for his kids and grandkids. For years, economists have said that a carbon tax—which essentially builds an economic incentive to curtail emissions of carbon dioxide—is one of the most efficient ways to combat climate change. U.S. impacts of climate change are intensifying, federal report says, Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere may soar to levels not seen in 56 million years, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Alberta’s anger against the carbon tax is misplaced. “The mainstream environmental groups are less willing to hear from the periphery,” he said. Then a strange hush swept the room, rippling outward from the televisions. In 2017, the state received just over 20 percent of its energy from coal or natural gas, and its only coal power plant is on track to close. “If a carbon tax cannot pass in good economic times, in a pro-environment state like Washington, then action on climate is far more difficult than it used to seem.” Prakash’s longer view gave him a more hopeful perspective, she said, forecasting what might happen thousands of years from now. Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the. “We’re just not on the same timeline as physics.” Climate change is not just an environmental problem or an economic problem, and it can’t be framed that way. “Carbon pricing is not our quest,” he said, his voice both uptempo and steady. Close. “We’ve moved the conversation away from, ‘Should we take action?’ to, ‘What should action look like?’ ”, “I want to make sure people don’t take the vote count and say, ‘Pffft,’ and move on,” Schaefer, the head of Front and Centered and one of 1631’s designers, said. That, Prakash said, “was myopic.” (Mo McBroom, director of government relations for The Nature Conservancy’s Washington chapter, noted that 1631 differed from 732, as it “would have provided investments to make our state more resilient to climate change, including reducing risk of forest fire and addressing drought” and drew support from businesses, prominent philanthropists like Bill Gates, and health professionals.). The carbon fee would add 15 cents per gallon, an increase of 21 cents per gallon. The state put a limit on emissions in 2008. Setting a carbon border tax on imports is the preferred option among respondents to a key consultation on the EU carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM), the results of which are meant to inform the European Commission’s design and implementation of the measure. March 27, 2019. “So much of the region had already invested in its identity as being on the forefront of clean energy,” Golden said. Throughout the Intermountain West, the oil and gas industry provides a lot of jobs and wields a lot of influence, and a significant number of voters support mining and fossil fuel extraction. The Lummi Nation successfully killed a proposal for an export terminal for Montana coal outside Bellingham. Wheat fields and forests burned and towns throughout the region were choked with wildfire smoke. Can you pitch in a few bucks to help fund Mother Jones' investigative journalism? Climate change turning into ‘medical emergency,’ experts say. Those climate hawks who believe that extreme weather events, like wildfires and hurricanes, will inspire climate inactivists are overly optimistic, Prakash said. Putting a policy to that will be as daunting as it is urgent. The bill will now be heard and voted on by a fiscal committee. In the months since the vote, national climate politics have remained mired in feuding over partisan responsibility and inaction. “Nives and I have not given up on conversation,” Prakash said. A second wave of results had come in, and the tide had turned. I stumbled down a flight of stairs looking for somewhere to retreat to, but there was nothing around but bad weather. Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation. In the three northeast counties, the percentage of people voting no were: Ferry County = 74.5 percent; Stevens County = 79 percent; Pend Oreille County = 77.24 percent. Had every project been built, “it would certainly make us one of the top fossil fuel transport hubs anywhere in the world,” said Eric de Place, a programs director at the Sightline Institute, a nonprofit think tank focused on regional sustainability. But some observers say the challenges with raising taxes to pay for climate action run deeper. I thought they could tell me what killed the carbon tax, and I spent many rambling hours on the phone with them, discussing the tax’s details, and its flaws. In the end, the measure passed in just three places: Seattle’s King County, Port Townsend’s Jefferson County and the county that encompasses the San Juan Islands. This was the state’s second attempt to tax carbon emissions, and in the months leading up to the vote, an unusually wide swath of Washington society had turned out in support. Given these reminders, now would have seemed a prime time for Initiative 1631. In Washington, hydroelectric dams, not fossil fuels, have long provided the state’s energy. “The essence of strategy is making choices,” Harvey said. The time for a carbon tax will come, Harvey said. Without a course correction, climate activists may well find themselves right back where they started, raising the body count on failed climate initiatives while blithely marching forward. After voters turned down a 2018 ballot initiative for a carbon tax, Republican state Sen. Curtis King said it was too soon to revisit the issue. This proposal is effective January 1, 2020. At least 10 other states have introduced carbon fee or tax proposals, however, as emissions of the greenhouse gas linked to global warming hit an all-time high last year, scientists found. On our dependence on fossil fuels, “we’re fighting something that’s dying,” Golden told me. “They were holed up in the mountains with their coal, and they were trying to figure out where to go,” Golden said. In addition to concerns about air pollution and the safety of coal trains and gas pipelines, the proposals threatened the region’s sense that it was a leader on climate change. The West Coast offered the quickest way from coal country to China, and so began a wave of proposals for trains to haul the coal and for coastal terminals from Oakland, California, to Bellingham, Washington, to export it. January 23, 2019. “If you had to choose between performance standards and a carbon tax, you’d be insane to pick a carbon tax,” said Harvey. There was no carbon tax or fee included in the governor's slate of proposed legislation that his office said would reduce carbon emissions to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2035. “The word ‘tax’ is probably the most reviled word,” said Hal Harvey, CEO of the firm Energy Innovation, which helps design renewable energy policies around the globe. Since 2013, legislative proposals for either cap-and-trade or carbon taxes have failed three times. Several local governments have committed to 100 percent renewable energy, he said, and the state has a slate of pending bills from creating a clean fuel program to building light rail, giving people more options to get around. Ted S. Warren/Associated Press. Inslee tried several times, and voters rejected two ballot measures, before Washington took a year off from carbon pricing battles in 2019. I made my way through the streets, my thoughts scattered, and before I could really think through all I’d just learned, a gust of wind caught me by surprise and nearly slammed me into a building. A coalition of environmental groups, labor unions, racial and economic justice advocates, health workers and leaders from nearly two dozen tribal nations had designed the tax proposal, and their supporters, in a mix of work-wear, fleece and the occasional suit, filled the airless room. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and We finished our drinks and parted ways. A Carbon Tax in Washington State Seemed Like a Sure Thing. Many groups, including the Sierra Club and The Nature Conservancy, did not back an earlier carbon tax that was designed to appeal to more conservative voters. Although he believes people will embrace climate action eventually, in the short term, he conceded, “I think things are going to get worse before they get better.”, Prakash blamed environmentalists and their approach. But Initiative 1631 failed, and Washington must now confront a darker version of itself, in the kind of identity crisis that comes only in defeat. Over the summer, a ragged line of wildfires scorched the Northwest, curling from British Columbia through eastern Washington and down to Oregon. All Rights Reserved. “People who weren’t sure if they were going to win—that’s the best.”. The solution, then, would seem to be to convince people they’ll be just as well off before a carbon tax as after—and to match fossil fuel interests’ spending dollar for dollar. In August, a mother orca lost her calf, then carried its body on her nose for 17 days, a painful reminder of species loss and habitat degradation. It also sets the carbon fee at a fixed rate, without increases over time. But proposing a carbon fee is just one of the ways the state is tacking pollution, Washington Environmental Council communications director Nick Abraham told USA TODAY. The package announced Thursday would also raise fees on property development and commercial, electric and private vehicles, as well as taxes on rental cars, bicycles, and auto parts. The big lesson is that we need to seek the root cause of our worries, clarify our fears and to face them head on. ” ‘I’ll take a look.’ ” But in the end, she’s not sure he even voted. This story was funded with reader donations to the High Country News Enterprise Journalism Fund. The carbon tax bill proposes a tax of $10 per metric ton of carbon emissions, just half of what Inslee originally suggested. It is impossible to separate ourselves from the climate far enough to get a clear look at it, something equally true of many injustices and economic structures. “We’re animals, and we live in a physical world. A carbon tax failed on the ballot in 2016. People are animals, yes, and political animals at that, forming loyal packs and scrapping over neighborhood HOAs, city councils, Congress and the courts. What you should know about WA Gov. Its demise raised big questions about humanity’s ability to address climate change. The initiative promised to pool funds for projects, including new bus lines, land conservation grants, and training to transition fossil fuel workers into other jobs. In Washington, fossil fuel companies and lobbyists spent more than $30 million to defeat Initiative 1631, versus $17 million from supporters. President Barack Obama’s White House seemed committed, along with much of the world, to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases through regulations and other incentives, with states like Washington, Oregon and California poised to help lead the way. “(Fossil fuel companies) have spent centuries creating a system of dependency,” Aiko Schaefer, one of the architects of 1631 and the director of Front and Centered, a climate advocacy coalition for people of color, said. And not long after the US midterms, France underwent a major political crisis, brought in part by a fuel tax meant to curb emissions. Democratic state Sen. Reuven Carlyle of Seattle, chair of the Washington Senate's environment committee who would sponsor the carbon tax … The fight for the carbon tax, then, becomes a fight for what the future of our society ought to look like—and on that, we remain deeply conflicted. That reality has helped green Washington’s politics and identity, especially in the western part of the state. Revenue impact. And although the cost of new standards varies between industries, within them, the costs are the same. “We have anecdotal evidence that money doesn’t lead to electoral success,” Prakash said. Washington Gov. Along the beach in Edmonds, Washington, a coal train passes behind Nives Dolšak and Aseem Prakash, professors at the Center for Environmental Politics at the University of Washington. In the fall, many of the state’s largest salmon and steelhead fisheries closed, from the Yakima to the Columbia River, thanks to warming rivers and oceans. Nives Dolšak and her husband, Aseem Prakash, are both professors, focused on climate change and its human dimensions, at the University of Washington, in Seattle, who spend their days studying climate policy and pushing environmentalists to reflect on their approach. In this way, climate change can boggle the imagination. In part, the problems with more abstract carbon-pricing proposals, including 1631, were societal and structural. “All human practices and disputes can now be expressed through the language of climate change, which has become a new medium through which human life is lived.”. ... as diesel inches closer to 2019 levels. In the past decade, the Northwest has seen a slew of wins in fights against carbon-emitting infrastructure—and a slew of losses on climate policy. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. By 2008, Golden had helped craft local and state commitments to clean energy, and climate activists stepped back, thinking their local fight was mostly over and the federal government would pick up the slack. For Dolšak, the less optimistic of the two, the tax’s failure reinforced her sense that sweeping climate action is far from imminent. Those who build new buildings are rarely the ones paying the energy bills, so a tax on emissions is more likely to hit the building’s occupants. The costs of relocating communities farther inland from the coasts, for example, won’t be recouped from sales of Teslas. Human-caused climate change is turning into a “medical emergency” that could result in death and disease for millions, according to British medical journal, The Lancet. The room began to perk up. Just a few weeks after the election, the National Climate Assessment confirmed that all that was likely just an ominous portent of things to come: Climate change threatens the region’s infrastructure with landslides, rising seas and aberrant weather, while its most vulnerable communities face deteriorating air and water quality. The climate is too big for us to easily wrap our minds around, and so it proves to be a difficult issue to legislate. Seattle made a commitment in 2002 to eliminate the city’s carbon emissions from electricity, one of the first American cities to do so, and voters passed renewable energy standards in 2006. Sponsors: Braun, Ranker, Hunt. “The fundamentals are there,” he concluded. A few campaigners sat hunched over computers in the back corner, but mostly, it seemed, people were there to socialize. By signing up, you agree to our privacy policy and terms of use, and to receive messages from Mother Jones and our partners. “He said, ‘I’m glad you’re working on this,’ ” she told me. “It had no business not passing.”. The carbon fee would add 15 cents per gallon, an increase of 21 cents per gallon. KC Golden is a longtime climate campaigner and, until recently, a senior policy advisor at Climate Solutions, which helped craft Initiative 1631. “This is the greatest endeavor of our time,” he told a crowd of reporters at a workspace for energy efficiency innovators in Seattle. “That’s the Hindu in me!” Prakash quipped, meaning the tendency to think not just of this reincarnation, but the next and the one after that. Dolšak tends to agree: She hypothesized that even cap-and-trade, which often amounts to the same thing as a carbon tax, might have passed in the state, given that it sidesteps the word tax and directly limits emissions. Voters told her: “The money I pay in taxes, the increase at the gas pump, it will never benefit me.”. “We’re trying to break free and make a fundamental shift in our society.”, And the difficulties with that shift run deep in the human psyche. Oregon governor Kate Brown led … Despite Democratic control of both legislative chambers and support from Democratic Gov. “We disagreed on whether 1631 would pass,” said Dolšak, a serious-seeming woman in her early 50s from Slovenia, speaking with a wry note in her voice. If we have to name 1631’s killer, it might be what geographer Mike Hulme called the “climate of climate change.” Hulme, an expert in climate change theory at the University of Cambridge, argues that our concept of climate is only partly rooted in objective truths about the material world. The tax would begin in 2019 and would increase $2 every year after 2021 until capped at $30 per metric ton. She also talked to her father, back home in Vancouver. All of these things are wrapped together, but the climate is changing, and so must our analysis of it. People pulled out their phones to refresh elections pages. Senate leader proposes carbon tax with 15 cent per gallon hike to gasoline Fri., Feb. 22, 2019 A carbon tax proposal in front of the Washington Legislature includes an … This was the state’s second attempt to tax carbon emissions, and in the months leading up to the vote, an unusually wide swath of Washington society had turned out in support. Why were these so successful, compared to the carbon tax? Washington state lawmakers proposed a measure on Thursday to limit carbon pollution that would be the nation's first if passed. This was the state’s second attempt to tax carbon emissions, and in the months leading up to the vote, an unusually wide swath of Washington society had turned out in support. Carbon taxes are just a tool. Then the speeches ended, and people began to leave, making their way to the city’s gloomier bars or pedaling home in the dark. Our minds are better suited to immediate threats—like snarling hyenas or flammable trains—and we struggle with the abstract dangers of a changing climate. After Carbon Tax Fails in Washington, Focus Turns to 9 Other States Washington state won’t be enacting the nation’s first tax on greenhouse gas emissions this year. Golden’s mind was on what would come next, including setting aside the fight for a carbon tax, for now. Of the 59 percent of Washingtonians who voted to re-elect Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat who supports aggressive climate action, about a quarter rejected the carbon tax. After all, in the months leading up to the vote, climate change made its mark on much of Washington life. At least as powerful is the fact that climate fundamentally formed human cultures, contributing to our idea of it as static. Washington may already be learning its lesson. Reimagining it will require a radical overhaul of societal structures, a process she thinks will take longer than an election cycle or two. I checked the televisions: A few counties were leaning toward approving the measure. “If you look at this package as a whole it deals with both environmental and infrastructure needs,” Hobbs said. “Our quest is to deal with climate change.”. Economists generally support a carbon tax over regulations or building standards, because it costs all emitters fairly, in proportion to their emissions. Actually, the United States already has a carbon tax. Over a cup of tea, Golden dissected, and then dissected again, the faults of the tax and the future of climate action. Opponents to the ballot measure outspent supporters 2-to-1, spending a total of $30 million to defeat it. Carbon Tax G. Metcalf Feb. 24, 2019 3 emissions, 36% are from transportation, 16% industrial, 11% residential and commercial, and 36% from Some say the death of the carbon tax was easily foreseen. On Jan. 10, 2019, the state Supreme Court denied the city of Seattle’s request for direct review of its effort to create an income tax. “People don’t get worried about problems that aren’t happening today or tomorrow,” Dolšak said. The fight to block fossil fuel infrastructure drew widespread support in Washington and Oregon. Still, they argued about the relative importance of this or that point and right up to election night, they were divided on one key point. The Keep It In The Ground movement, which opposes any new fossil fuel production, firmly established itself with direct action in “Blockadia,” as activists strapped themselves to a drill rig headed to the Arctic, blocked trains and demonstrated in the streets of Seattle and Portland. Washington voters, in other words, were given a specific action to undertake while they lived out the specific consequences of climate change. state’s fastest growing source of greenhouse gasses and account for 27 percent of the carbon pollution in Washington. But in the Northwest, that’s not the case. Terminals, refineries and railways exist in the material realm, de Place said. They focus on consolidating a liberal base, he said, to their detriment. Establishing a carbon pollution tax and investment program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, facilitate the transition to a clean energy economy, and invest in K-12 education and other vital public services. A 20-year-old woman with square glasses and a knack for getting people to talk, she spent weeks knocking on doors in the Spokane area, on the far eastern side of the state, along with her husband. Supporters of a Washington state ballot initiative that would charge a fee on carbon emissions from fossil fuels rally in October. “If you take a mile-long coal train going through Seattle, it just doesn’t look good,” said de Place. But what killed the carbon tax was not a blind, party-line vote: the measure failed in red and blue strongholds alike. Last fall, the majority of voters in my legislative district voted against Initiative 1631, the carbon tax scheme. “The first lesson is: Don’t lead with your chin.” Harvey, an energy wonk with a cheery, blunt manner, said the state’s climate coalition should have pushed for more immediately achievable ends first, such as fuel efficiency standards modeled on California’s, or tighter building regulations. Today, reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget, allows us to dig deep on stories that matter, and lets us keep our reporting free for everyone. ... (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) ... Jan. 24, 2019 at 12:33 a.m. UTC. 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