Last November, some environmentalists in Washington state went to the polls hoping voters would back an initiative creating the nation’s first tax on carbon pollution. Initiative 732 went down to defeat as the country’s attention focused on Donald Trump’s shocking electoral college win. But now, one year later and buoyed by the Democrats’ pick up of a state Senate seat in last week’s elections, Washington will get another chance to pass meaningful climate policy.
This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Last November, some environmentalists in Washington state went to the polls hoping voters would back an initiative creating the nation’s first tax on carbon pollution. Initiative 732 went down to defeat as the country’s attention focused on Donald Trump’s shocking electoral college win.
Syria announced at the global climate talks in Bonn, Germany, this week that it will sign the landmark Paris climate agreement, joining nearly 200 countries that already support the 2015 deal. Following this announcement came nearly universal outcry that Syria’s actions will leave the United States as the only country in the world not part of a global climate accord, which commits countries to ramping up action on greenhouse gas emissions.
@yayitsrob Related story I did this week about the future of a carbon tax in Washington State. People have been talking about carbon tax forever, but coalitions keep falling apart when you drill into how to do it https://t.co/7GrFxbm2fP
.@yayitsrob makes a good point: Policy is different from talking points. Dems haven't unified around a mechanism or built enough of a coalition to seriously tackle global warming https://t.co/GHlGA8YVE9
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