There is an urgent need to take action on climate change, and to do it right. The only way to combat climate change fast enough is to both cut pollution and invest in clean energy solutions like wind and solar power. And doing it right includes investing in communities and workers hardest hit by pollution and the transition off dirty fossil fuels. For a solution that can last, disadvantaged communities and workers need to see themselves in our clean energy future.
The decisive loss tonight of I-732 demonstrates that without a broad coalition in support, the fossil fuel industry can easily defeat climate efforts. That’s why the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is bringing a policy to the legislature in January that will effectively and fairly reduce carbon pollution, and attract the broad support needed to overcome opposition from the fossil fuel industry. We should all be proud that Washington state is talking about solutions to climate change—not whether it’s real. We look forward to working with all communities and stakeholders, including I-732’s supporters, to put in place a solution that works for Washington and serves as a strong example for other states.
Jeff Johnson, President, Washington State Labor Council, 360-259-7327
Becky Kelley, President, Washington Environmental Council, 206-914-1712
Shannon Murphy, President, Washington Conservation Voters, 206-910-8776
Rebecca Saldaña, Executive Director, Puget Sound Sage, 206-380-4684
Gregg Small, Executive Director, Climate Solutions, 206-418-8792
Rich Stolz, Executive Director, OneAmerica, 206-450-3853