Clallam PUD Opposes Carbon Fee

Add Clallam County Public Utility District commissioners to the list of energy companies opposing a state ballot measure that would slap a fee on large carbon polluters.

District commissioners voted 3-0 Monday to approve a resolution against Initiative 1631, saying the measure would result in increased costs, decreased local control and compound regulatory requirements “all without an actual reduction in carbon emissions for our state’s energy sector.”

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The measure is also being opposed by Western States Petroleum Association, which reported $15.9 million in contributions including $7.2 million from Phillips 66.

Supporters include Clean Air Energy WA, which reported $5.3 million in contributions including $1.2 million from The Nature Conservancy.

The Carbon Emissions Fee Measure would impose a pollution fee of $15 per metric ton of carbon released into the atmosphere beginning in January 2020.

If the carbon fee initiative is approved, Washington would become the first state to adopt a carbon fee and first government in the world to do so by ballot referendum.