Off the top of your head, do you know exactly what Initiative 1631’s (I-1631’s) carbon fee would fund? What’s the percentage breakdown? How much it would it generate? How will it benefit communities most hurt by climate impacts? Thankfully, Front and Centered member Puget Sound Sage has the answers in their I-1631 blog series.
As Sage policy analysts calculate: “I-1631 requires that at least 2 out of 5 dollars spent from the Washington Cleanup Fund will help relieve low-income households of energy costs and benefits communities hurt by climate change.” See how they break it down by percentage in “Initiative 1631: How does it work? And what is in it for Our Communities?”
In a parallel follow-up blog, see how the carbon fee reflects the true cost of fossil use for communities of color, and how the health impacts in our communities add up. Sage proposes: “By reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, transitioning us to cleaner forms of energy, and cleaning up pollution, I-1631 is the first practical step towards cleaning our air and water, increasing community resilience, and leaving a healthy planet for all children.”
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