As Washingtonians, we all do our part to keep our state clean. But right now the largest polluters can pollute for free, while the rest of us pay the costs. I-1631 would put a fee on the state’s largest polluters, like the oil industry and utilities that have not switched over to clean energy, and invest in protecting our air and water and new clean energy infrastructure across the state.
What Does I-1631 Invest In?
It would create a pool to be used to accelerate our state’s transition to clean energy, increase the resiliency of the state’s waters and forests to the impacts of climate change and reduce the impacts of climate change on communities.
Initiative 1631 brings benefits to all of Washington
Creates jobs and new opportunities in the communities who need it most
Protects low-income residents from energy cost increases
Improves long-term health outcomes for communities, especially families and children
Detail on Investments
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 to 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