Washington State Voters Reject Nation’s First Carbon Tax


The measure was unpopular with social justice groups and divided environmental activists, many arguing it did not go far enough in promoting clean energy. By Marianne Lavelle Washington State voters rejected a proposal for the nation’s first carbon tax Tuesday, defeating a landmark attempt to address climate change that had divided environmental activists. Despite being a major effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, some environmental justice advocates argued the measure would work against working people and the poor, a stance that put them uncomfortably aligned with the fossil fuel industry that also opposed the measure. See Also: Climate Advocates Need to Embrace Carbon Tax Florida Ballot Measure Could Halt Rooftop Solar, but Do Voters Know That? read more


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