Replacing Fossil Fuels with Renewable Energy in Washington State – Black Hills Audubon Supports I-1631
Pervasive wildfires, along with heat and drought, contaminate the air we breathe, and endanger both humans and wildlife. In a word, global warming is already here in Washington state. National Audubon scientists have determined that climate change is the greatest threat to birds. Climate change is rapidly occurring — too rapid for birds and other wildlife to adapt, not to mention, us.
To address climate change, Black Hills Audubon, as well as Audubon Washington representing the 25 chapters across the state, have endorsed Initiative I-1631. This measure would place an ever-increasing fee on greenhouse gas emissions from the use 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 not only because emissions into the atmosphere would decrease but also as the shift away from carbon addresses the effects of global warming, eventually reversing the trend toward wildfires, droughts, severe storms, and a disruptive climate toward which we are now headed. Passage of I-1631 would foster development of renewable energy, thus generating many new jobs in Washington state, while offering help for those losing jobs in fossil fuel industries and communities affected by the transition. Passage of this initiative would establish our state as a leader 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. Please help Washington state be a bellwether for the nation by voting for I-1631 in the November election.