About 65% of Washington voters support action on climate change. But after six years of working to pass legislation for a carbon tax, the state has yet to put a price on emissions. How do political divisions make the mission so challenging? What alternative solutions are advocates exploring? And how might the Nori marketplace fit into a broader policy framework?
Kyle Murphy is the Executive Director of CarbonWA, a nonprofit committed to move Washington State toward zero carbon emissions. The organization is composed of students, activists, scientists, economists and concerned citizens who share the moral obligation to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean, renewable energy. CarbonWA is dedicated to passing equitable, evidence-based carbon-reduction policies, and Kyle has been leading the charge since 2015. A passionate advocate for change, he has a background in campaign management, fundraising, public speaking, communications and climate change policy.
Today, Kyle joins Ross, Christophe, and Paul to discuss the ongoing effort to put a price on carbon in Washington State. He shares the competition of ideas around enacting a carbon tax, the challenge of dealing with diverse stakeholders, and the CarbonWA approach to the issue of accountability. Kyle addresses why I-732 and I-1631 may have failed despite public support of climate action and explains the appetite for alternative solutions like regulations or a citizen’s dividend. Listen in for Kyle’s insight on how climate policy differs from the legalization of marijuana or gay marriage and learn how emitters might employ Nori to earn credits within the context of a carbon tax bill.
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[1:25] Kyle’s path to reversing climate change
[4:24] The efforts to put a price on carbon in WA
[6:30] The competition of ideas around a carbon tax
[9:45] How carbon pricing differs from cap and trade
[10:38] The challenges of dealing with different stakeholders
[15:00] Why I-1631 failed while despite public support of climate action
[20:03] The potential for carbon regulations in Washington State
[23:28] How states might deal with carbon leakage
[25:24] Kyle’s take on a regional alliance to prevent carbon leakage
[27:48] How climate policy differs from gay marriage or marijuana
[29:16] How fast climate change might ‘solve itself’
[30:37] How CarbonWA handles the issue of accountability
[33:22] The benefit to a citizen’s dividend policy
[36:18] How Nori might fit into the broader policy framework
[37:47] How Nori is considering issues of justice/fairness