A week ago, the 350 Seattle Hub sent the following message to CarbonWA. On 12/30, CarbonWA turned in their signatures; we are disappointed they weren’t able to heed the calls from climate justice groups to not turn them in and to instead collaborate on an initiative that would meet stronger equity principles. If you have any questions or concerns about the Hub’s position on this, please email email@example.com. We are working to integrate more climate justice education into our work, so if you’d like to work on this, please email us as well.
Message sent 12/24/15
Dear Yoram and the CarbonWA board,
We’re deeply grateful for the time, energy, and great commitment you’ve put into the fight for carbon pricing in Washington State.
Your letter of a few days ago was incredibly heartening; the assessment of I-732′s passage, of a possible unified measure, and of the problems of dual measures was realistic and wise, and we understand how hard a decision it must have been for you to consider not turning in the signatures.
Because of that, we were saddened by last night’s email. We know that some of your members were deeply disappointed that I-732 might not go forward; we believe that nonetheless, they could have been–and perhaps still can be–communicated with in such a way as to help them understand that the unified measure was the right path forward, the one that would keep its eyes on the prize of what we all need.
We strongly urge you to reconsider; some people will be very unhappy either way, but as your letter made clear you understand, one way leaves us with a viable carbon pricing measure with broad support, and one does not. The clearest path toward the goal–carbon pricing in Washington state–is the former.
The 350 Seattle Hub