Giant coal trains near North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Wy.. Photo by Kimon Berlin (CC BY-SA 2.0).

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

Young boy getting a drink of clean water from the drinking fountain. Photo credit: © Michael D-L Jordan

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