Is the initiative I-732 the Right Answer for Reducing Carbon Emissions in Washington State?
Coming…July 27, 2016
Hundreds of citizens obtained the necessary signatures to get the State Legislature to put I-732 on the November ballot. While environmental groups are on board with the goals of the initiative some question the method and the costs.
Our speakers Yoram Bauman, economist and author of I-732 and Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council will explain the initiative and debate the pros and cons of this approach.
Yoram Bauman is a University of Washington PhD environmental economist and founder of CarbonWA, the sponsor of the carbon tax proposal (I-732). He has been working on environmental tax reform since 1998, when he co-authored, with Alan Durning of Sightline Institute, the book Tax Shift, which helped inspire the revenue-neutral carbon tax in British Columbia. He is also the co-author of the Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change and the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics. He makes his living as the world’s only “stand up economist.”
Jeff Johnson is president of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. His work at the Labor Council has focused on legislation that improves the lives of working people including among other work, increasing collective bargaining, strengthening workers compensation and working on economic justice and anti-poverty measures. He has represented labor on numerous committees inside the labor movement as well as serving on external committees including the Worker’s Compensation Board, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.
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Founded in 1993, the Bellingham City Club is a non-partisan civic organization with over 450 members that fosters dialogue and debate on important issues facing our community. City Club meets for lunch on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Northwood Hall (3240 Northwest Ave, Bellingham, WA).
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- 11:50 a.m.: Buffet lunch is served
- 12:20 p.m.: Program start
- 1:30 p.m.: Program end
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