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Crafted by a long list of stakeholders including petroleum workers, environmentalists, Tribes, and social justice advocates, this initiative isn’t perfect, but it will accomplish a heck of a lot more towards moving Washington to clean energy and lowering carbon emissions than anything the state legislature has passed.

From the YES on 1631 website:

What Does I-1631 Invest In?

70% to new clean-energy infrastructure

  • Clean-energy like, solar, wind, and other renewable energy

  • Cleaner transportation options like public transit, cleaner fuels, and rural broadband so more people have the option to drive less

  • Efficiency upgrades for homes and businesses to use less energy and save residents and customers money on their utility bills

25% to clean water and healthy forests

  • Ensure our forests are healthy, more resilient to disease, and can protect our air quality

  • Prevent and clean up pollution from our rivers and lakes to keep communities healthy

  • Increase sustainable supply of drinking water, reduce risks from flood and drought, and ensure cooler, cleaner water for fish

5% to investments in local communities

  • Prepare for future challenges caused by pollution and a changing climate

  • Ensure that the impacts do not disproportionately harm our most vulnerable communities

Ensuring This Is A Plan For Everyone

  • At least 35% of all investments will benefit communities hardest hit by pollution and poverty – because the neighborhood you live in shouldn’t determine whether you have clean air to breathe and healthy water to drink

  • A minimum of 15% of all clean-energy investments will help low-income residents and communities across the state transition to a clean-energy economy

  • Ensure workers in the fossil fuel industry affected by the transition have an opportunity to maintain their quality of life, build skills, and attain family-wage jobs

  • Give flexibility for energy-intensive and trade exposed businesses in Washington to create and sustain jobs and enable efficient industries to thrive

  • Federally recognized tribes must be consulted on any projects affecting their tribal lands, and 10% of investments must have formal support from a tribal government