I-1631 is a 2018 ballot initiative to the people of Washington State that, if it receives a majority of votes, would levy a fee on corporate polluters that would fund America’s most comprehensive, effective, and progressive climate change policy. The initiative is being proposed and supported by many of Washington’s Tribal Nations in a coalition with progressive institutions such as the Washington Environmental Council, The Nature Conservancy, Climate Solutions, Front and Centered, major labor unions, and others. The First American Project PAC is co-managing the I-1631 campaign and is led by multiple leaders who played an integral in the formulation of the initiative.
I-1631 would put a fee on the state’s largest corporate polluters, like the oil industry and utilities that have not switched over to clean energy, and invests in protecting our air and water and new clean energy infrastructure across the state. This fee would fun the largest investments in restoring the environment, protecting communities from sea level rise and wildfire, and restoring our working forests and fisheries to health in Washington State history.
It is estimated that this initiative will create 41,000 new job in environmental restoration, sustainable infrastructure, and green industries while meaningfully reducing our state’s greenhouse gas pollution over time. It is expected that a large number of these jobs will be created in rural communities that desperately need them.
I-1631 accomplishes these twin environmental and economic goals in a manner that is scientifically rigorous, socially equitable, and innovative. The entire policy is founded upon the principle of full equality for Tribal Nations, which are empowered to co-manage the response to climate change and must give “Free, Prior, and Informed Consent” before projects that impact their lands, treaties, or sacred sites are authorized.
In addition, I-1631 contains unprecedented provisions to ensure that economically disadvantaged and underfunded communities receive the funding that they have been traditionally deprived, ensuring that all communities in Washington State will be equipped to protects themselves from the impacts of climate change and reduce pollution in their communities.