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The context for both the carbon tax measure on the state ballot – I-732 – and the presidential election was fundamentally transformed by a defining conflict about justice. It’s about haves and have nots, insiders and outsiders. It’s about race and gender. And if the punditocracy and political players are shocked by how these races unfolded, it’s at least in part because they – we – failed to appreciate how much choosing a climate policy or a president is about those fissures.
The rift in the climate community over I-732 is difficult and painful. But to be honest, we’ve got much bigger challenges than disagreement among the relatively small part of the population that’s passionately committed to climate action. Both “sides” were trying in good faith to build a broader base for climate action: Supporters of I-732’s revenue-neutral approach were appealing to antitax conservatives, while the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is building a coalition of progressives in support of a design that includes public investment in solutions and just transition. These approaches reflect real philosophical differences, and they may or may not be reconcilable. But they are both signs of a climate movement that understands the need to find common ground with more than its overwhelmingly white, green, liberal elite self.
And if this controversy was surprising, it is just the beginning. The intensifying struggle for economic and racial justice has permanently transformed the context for climate policy. No longer will white elites and policy wonks (heh, yo, hi) have this discussion with and among ourselves as the dominant voices. That’s a profoundly encouraging development, because we were showing no signs of being able to figure it out, let alone win it, on our own. This shift in the climate conversation signals hope for a more just, inclusive transition and world – the only kind of world where we might actually get together to save ourselves. It does not make the path forward easier or simpler. But it does make it more likely that it will actually go somewhere. Remember, Dr. King did not say “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward…..internalizing externalities, solar panels, and smart grids.”
Whatever this election was (seriously, WTF?), it was certainly not a repudiation of climate progress, in this Washington or nationally. Mr. Trump’s innovative twist on climate denial – the Chinese invented it to undermine American manufacturing! – was not about climate at all, but just a foil for his unique, billionaire-brand of economic populism.
And in the Northwest, one of the most vocal elected climate champions anywhere, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, won handily. Hilary Franz, running for Washington State Lands Commissioner talked about climate change and won. Governor Kate Brown won reelection in Oregon while leaning into climate solutions. I-732 suffered from a politically difficult policy design, the lack of a broad coalition, a modest budget, and deep-pocketed opposition, but the underlying will for climate action and the immense energy of grassroots activists kept it in contention anyway. Washington passed a statewide measure raising the minimum wage and requiring employers to offer family leave – a critical part of building the base of economic security that is so vital to climate progress. And in a victory with direct relevance for carbon pricing, voters demonstrated a strong willingness to pay quite a lot of taxes for a very long period of time by passing an ambitious transit measure in Sound Transit 3 (ST3). The key here – a critical ingredient that consistently emerges from our research -- is a strong nexus between the problem, the money, and the solutions. If climate policy is understood as real solutions and a just, inclusive transition to clean energy, it can win. If it’s just about paying more for energy (while the green elites zip off to Teslala land), forget it.
The public transit initiative, ST3’s, big win and I-732’s loss might suggest a path forward. It might be more possible – and certainly more hopeful – to respond to mistrust of government and anti-tax sentiment with real, effective solutions that require public investment rather than a tax swap. This is especially vital for those who might otherwise be left out of the clean energy revolution that seems so attractive to green elites. Voters who reflexively hate all government are probably not in play anyway.
And a carbon price alone is neither possible nor sufficient. Only in the context of big, bold, broad, real transition will carbon pricing prove viable and effective. With the prospects for federal progress so dismal now, the importance of proving out this proposition in the Northwest has never been greater.
Before this election, it was becoming obvious that we were going to have to find new and better ways to align good climate policy with fairness, inclusion, and solutions that work for everyone. If we don’t, fossil fuel interests will fend off the transition by capitalizing on the same rampant economic insecurity and fear that won the White House for Mr. Trump.
After this election, at least that much is now painfully clear.
As a parent of a toddler it's easy for me to enjoy trick or treating without the candy battles post Halloween, but I do dread the day...
In preparation for the great candy wars to come, I did a little sniffing around for some CoolIdeas to reducing our wee one's Halloween loot.
Check out our Halloween GreenTips here.
We wish you much luck in avoiding any upcoming candy calamities!
CoolMom is delighted to tell you about Plant for the Planet Academy's upcoming workshop open to kids ages 8 - 14 on October 29. Register here by October 27!
Plant for the Planet is a worldwide group of 34,000+ young people who are planting trees and leading communities to solve the climate crisis now.
At this FREE day-long workshop, the Plant for the Planet Academy in West Seattle will teach 50 students (ages 8-14) how they can take action to protect and heal our environment.
- Students will learn how to present information to others about the science of climate change and ways to take positive action - both as individuals and as communities.
- Students will use hands-on activities to teach one another about climate science, how to plant a tree, how to give a climate presentation, and they will make plans with other ambassadors to engage our community on climate solutions.
- The workshop will culminate in an educational and moving slideshow presentation for families and the public, as the world’s newest Ambassadors for Climate Justice share what they have learned from each other and make their commitments to advocate for trees and for our environment!
WHAT: West Seattle Plant-for-the-Planet Academy
Saturday October 29th 2016
9:00am - 5:30pm
WHERE: Westside Unitarian Church
7141 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136
FREE to all students ages 8 - 14 includes lunch, t-shirt and book "Tree By Tree"
Register here by October 27.
Rainy days and time for fall de-cluttering!
Bring your donations for Goodwill and those Styrofoam chunks and peanuts (and even bubblewrap and shrinkwrap) to this collection event sponsored by the Wallingford Community Council.
It all happens on Saturday, October 15 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the parking lot behind Dick’s Drive-In on NE 45th in Wallingford.
Guidelines for donations to Goodwill can be found here.
All items accepted by Styro Recycle can be found here.
Your donations support the Wallingford Community Council’s participation in Waste Management’s THINK GREEN Reuse and Recycling Challenge.