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Letter: Implement policy of Initiative 732

By Kara Smith, Seattle
Published: June 29, 2016, 6:00am

I have always been concerned about global warming, but I assumed someone else would fix it. Until I realized, they wouldn’t. That’s why I am writing to encourage Washington state voters to vote “yes” on the carbon tax initiative that is going to be on the ballot this November.

Here’s the thing, we have a moral obligation to protect future generations, but climate change also affects us now. Rates of asthma and cancer have steadily increased. The first species to be wiped out by global warming has just been documented. The natural aesthetics of our world are being damaged. Whatever your reason is, we must take action immediately to combat climate change.

That’s why I am voting “yes” on Initiative 732. The initiative would implement a carbon tax on Washington utility companies, lower sales tax, and provide a rebate for 400,000 low-income families across the state. It’s a policy that will tax carbon polluters and make life more affordable for lower-income families. A win-win if you ask me.

If we don’t take action now, global warming is only going to get worse. It’s necessary that we take this first step to stop climate change. Vote yes on I-732.

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