Initiative 1631 has a straightforward goal: reduce carbon emissions in Washington. Yet put into action, this broad objective takes on an amazing variety of real-life benefits.
For example, in rural areas, providing more ways to access online medical support, telecommute for jobs and get online job-training would all reduce emissions from driving. To accomplish this, revenue from I-1631 could help fund better broadband internet in rural areas. Rural areas will also reap the benefits of jobs in new clean-energy infrastructure like wind farms and solar energy.
Wind Turbines in Eastern Washington. Photo © Jeffrey G. Katz / Used by CC by 2.0
In addition, I-1631 will fund tried and true improvements like weatherization for homes and energy-efficiency retrofits for businesses, upgrading irrigation systems so less water is lost to leakage and evaporation, and bill assistance for low-income households
Meanwhile, coastal communities like Taholah, a tribal village of the Quinault Indian Nation, face profound climate change impacts from sea level rise and increased flooding. “We need to move our entire village. Our jails, our schools, our elders,” Fawn Sharp, president of the Quinault Indian Nation, told The Seattle Times on Sept. 16.
Canoeists paddle neat at Point Grenville on the
Original Title: Rural, Urban or In Between, I-1631 Helps Everyone
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