Black Hills Audubon Supports I-1631
Reduce Burning of Fossil Fuels and Increase Renewable Energy in Washington State
The frequent wildfires throughout Washington State have become impossible to overlook, while we breathe and smell the pervasive smoke, and view our iconic mountains if at all through dense haze. Climate change is rapidly occurring — too rapid for birds and other wildlife to adapt, not to mention, us.
Black Hills Audubon, as well as Audubon Washington, have endorsed Initiative I-1631. This measure would place an ever-increasing fee on greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels by the largest emitters in the state. These funds would be used to develop renewable energy, like wind and solar; protect forests, clean water, and clean air; while protecting communities at risk. Our air would become cleaner both as emissions into the atmosphere decrease and as clean energy helps address the effects of global warming, eventually reversing the trend toward wildfires, droughts, severe storms, and a disruptive climate where we are now headed. Development of renewable energy would provide many new jobs in Washington state, while establishing our state as a leader for the nation in addressing global warming.
Climate change is with us; we need action now. We have before us an opportunity to do our part in addressing a clear and present danger. Washington state can be a bellwether for the nation. We recommend support for I-1631.