Interfaith Works Board of Directors Endorses Initiative 732, Clean Energy for Our Children’s Future

EarthStewardship-logo-web-smallThe Earth Stewards of Interfaith Works are active on the issue of climate change and what we can do locally to make a difference. With the support of the Stewards, at its monthly meeting February 9, 2016, the Interfaith Works Board of Directors unanimously adopted the following motion:

People of faith worldwide bring a crucial spiritual and moral voice to the issue of climate change and the pressing need to act boldly. The Interfaith Works Board of Directors* finds that passage of Initiative 732 would be an important step forward in combating climate change and therefore endorses I-732 and will educate its members and the wider community about climate change and the value I-732 would have in stemming the worst effects on low-income people and on the ecosystem that sustains use all.

I-732 would place a tax on carbon emissions in Washington in order to reduce use of fossil fuels, which are having such a devastating effect on climate. The intent is that the law be “revenue neutral” so the Business and Occupation tax would be eliminated, and the sales tax would be reduced by a penny, thereby reducing the regressive nature of our state’s tax system. Some of the revenue generated by the carbon tax would also be returned to people currently filing for the Earned Income Tax Credit, also a help to low income people.

The state legislature is currently considering I-732 and held a hearing on it on February 9, 2016, where it received strong support from roughly three-quarters of the people testifying. As an initiative to the legislature from the people, the state constitution gives the legislature just 3 options:

1. The legislature can pass the initiative unchanged and it becomes law (and is not subject to the Governor’s signature or veto); or

2. It can either vote down the initiative or not vote on it at all, and it is placed (unchanged) on the November 2016 general election ballot; or

3. It can pass an Alternative and place both the Alternative AND the original unchanged initiative on the November ballot for the people to choose between them.

Watch this page for updates on I-732 and what you can do to help it become law in Washington State.

*This action reflects the position of the Board of Directors of Interfaith Works and does not represent the views of any specific member faith community or congregation of Interfaith Works or any related denominational movement.