Monday, November 5, 2018

Washington State has interesting climate ballot initiative

“Polluter pays” has been the mantra, an accepted global principle, for decades. If you (a corporation) make a mess, you pay to clean it up. Washington State is going to test whether the public accepts it in regards to climate change.

If the measure passes, Washington would immediately have one of the most aggressive climate policies in the country. The proposal—known as Ballot Initiative 1631—takes something of a “Green New Deal” approach, using the money raised by the new fee to build new infrastructure to prepare the state for climate change. It would generate millions to fund new public transit, solar and wind farms, and forest-conservation projects in the state; it would also direct money to a working-class coal community and a coastal indigenous tribe.

The New Deal, Climate Change Edition - The Atlantic

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