Information session on Initiative 1631 set for Sept. 30 in Edmonds

Representatives from both sides of the Initiative 1631 carbon tax campaign will be appearing at an information session Sunday, Sept. 30, at Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St.
During the event, which begins at 11:45 a.m. in the church chapel, you can learn more about what the initiative would do, as well as hear from supporters and opponents.
The event is free and open to the public.

7 Replies to “Information session on Initiative 1631 set for Sept. 30 in Edmonds”

  1. Don’t forgot to tell people the benefits of Initiative 1631 or the cost of doing nothing.

    First of all Initiative 1631 will be great for electric utilities.

    While I was at the Peace and Justice Fair in Vancouver last Saturday, I talked with several members of the clergy.
    On person from St. Joseph Catholic Church and he was organizing a forum with speakers for and against Initiative 1631.
    Pope Francis has been saying for several years that we are morally obligated to minimize our contribution to global warming and protect those who will suffer the most from it.
    A representative from the United Churches of Christ told me the Pacific NW conference of UCC has endorsed 1631, as has the League of Women Voters.
    Regarding the cost of Initiative 1631, an local Episcopalian Rector told me that we all need to do our part to ensure our children’s future.
    The Washington State Labor Council is one of the primary organizations behind Initiative 1631. They designed the initiative to create jobs in conservation and renewable energy.
    We currently send $20 billion out of State to the bank accounts of coal, oil, and gas companies. Initiative 1631 will begin to keep that money here, and electric utilities would benefit a great deal.
    It has been argued that Electric Vehicles could enable the utilities to reduce their rates because if EVs are charged at night, you’d get more revenue for no extra cost for infrastructure.
    Initiative 1631 will help Electric Utilities to gradually capture more and more market share away from the oil industry.
    For example, there is talk in Ridgefield of using money from Initiative 1631 to subsidize the installation of heavy-duty power infrastructure in new developments to get ready for mass deployment of EVs.
    Initiative 1631 will reduce air pollution by offering incentives for shore-power for ships, electric mail trucks, electric-buses for schools and many other conversions from combustion to electric power.
    For several years, climate advocates have been saying, part of the solution to Climate change is to electrify everything.
    General Motors sells more cars in China than in America, so after China said the future of the automobile is all electric, General Motors says . . . it too will be all electric.
    The oil industry is the most powerful industry in history and has hired the best spin masters they can find. They know that each electric car sold represents $40,000 they will never get.
    The Southwest Clean Air Agency enforces the Clean Air Act in Southwest Washington.
    They told me that the burning of fossil fuels are by far the greatest source of health-harming pollution in Clark County and sent me to Ecology’s website which says that the burning of fossil fuels in Clark County produces an average of 189 tons of health harming pollution – – – PER DAY.
    According to the EPA, for each $1 spent reducing air pollution we save $30 in health care costs.
    Keep in mind that the impacts of the fee will be mitigated for low-income households. Initiative 1631 is rooted in concern for them.
    I had never thought that Baptists were environmental activists until this report claiming that the Seattle First Baptist Church has endorsed Initiative 1631.
    With global warming, water in the mountains is retained for shorter periods of time than in the past and thus late summer stream flows are reduced and the temperatures are increased, which are deadly for salmon.
    According to my colleagues in the Northwest Energy Coalition of Washington.
    “There is significant untapped cost-effective potential in several electricity end-uses, specifically residential and commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment and residential water heating.
    In order to meet the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s 2021 regional energy efficiency goal, programs will need to capture savings from these markets.
    Historical data show that energy efficiency savings tend to track well with budgets (for efficiency programs). This means if budgets decline, savings generally will, too. Based on current projections and achievements, meeting the six-year goal will require significant amounts of energy efficiency occurring outside of direct energy efficiency programs. (whatever that means.)
    The utility cost of acquisition remains steady and low, energy efficiency provides significant benefits for meeting the region’s peak-power needs by reducing overall loads, and it reduces regional greenhouse gas emissions. The data in the Council’s report provide important insights to support the region’s utilities in their efforts to continue to acquire this valuable resource.”


    1. Don, environmentalism requires faith. It’s a religion.

      “With global warming, water in the mountains is retained for shorter periods of time than in the past and thus late summer stream flows are reduced and the temperatures are increased,”

      ^ ..but then increasing CO2 causes vegetation to grow higher up mountains, which maintains root systems and new soil infrastructure. Plants can’t grow higher up mountains because they suffocate from lack of CO2. Mountains used to be tree-covered. Snow-topped peaks are beautiful, but also a global climate warning signal that plants are hungry and that the planet has been too cold in temperate regions. All fossil deposits (coal, oil, gas) used to be CO2 in the atmosphere, and, in the wake of a long period of low volcanic activity, there hasn’t been any replenishment of atmospheric CO2 since. Desertification has been a global crisis. However, humans have been burning fossil fuels since the 50’s, putting CO back into the atmosphere, but only a fraction of it is staying there. The earth is recharging it’s CO2 batteries as plant life has boomed, and the oceans are reabsorbing it. God would say “be fruitful and multiply”, as it seems the planet is enjoying that. Satan would say “I sip from straws, therefore I sin.”


      1. Tree covered mountains (note the disclaimers):

        It’s interesting to know that plant life is consuming CO2 faster than humans are emitting it, as CO2 emissions have been ever-increasing logarithmic, while CO2 atmospheric composition has only been increasing linearly 280-410ppm. The earth wants a higher nominal amount of CO2, and optimum CO2 for plant life is maybe 1200ppm. I agree that the increased rate of atmospheric fertilization may be too fast (who knows, no one knows, as no one really studies this), but we all now know that increased CO2 neither causes warming or is a pollution.


  2. Pope Francis is better off worrying about being morally obligated to clearing up his own church from abusive Priests and those suffer the most from it than this Ecological Theology.


  3. What you need to know about the opponents of 1631 is that they are funded by $11 million dollars and growing direct from a handful of oil companies. These companies want to suppress the voice of the people and continue to profit from endangering our health. Of course they don’t want to pay. If you had any doubt that 1631 if enacted would reduce our dependence on fossil fuels you just have to look at who is opposing.


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