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You are here: Home Summit EcoBuilding 2015 Archive 2015 Speakers Duncan Clauson and Kyle Murphy, Carbon Washington

Duncan Clauson and Kyle Murphy, Carbon Washington

Initiative 732 is designed to move the state toward two important goals – fairer taxes and cleaner energy. Right now, Washington has the most regressive tax code in the nation. People with the lowest incomes pay the greatest percentage of their income in taxes. Cutting the sales tax for everyone and reducing the business and occupation tax on manufacturers would preserve living wage manufacturing jobs. Balancing these cuts by taxing fossil fuels encourages greater use of clean and renewable energy which will also give a boost to the state’s economy.
Duncan Clauson and Kyle Murphy, Carbon Washington

Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, and Initiative 732

Initiative 732 is designed to move the state toward two important goals – fairer taxes and cleaner energy. Right now, Washington has the most regressive tax code in the nation. People with the lowest incomes pay the greatest percentage of their income in taxes. Cutting the sales tax for everyone and reducing the business and occupation tax on manufacturers would preserve living wage manufacturing jobs. Balancing these cuts by taxing fossil fuels encourages greater use of clean and renewable energy which will also give a boost to the state’s economy.

Learning Objectives

  • How a price on carbon improves the economic feasibility of renewable energy in Washington State.

  • The opportunity provided by climate change to rethink how we design and build our environment.

  • Why we haven’t addressed climate change in 25 years, even though the scientific community agrees that climate change is real, human caused, and that we must address it.

  • The opportunities and challenges involved with addressing climate change through policy.

Bios

Duncan Clauson

Campaign co-director (Operations)

Duncan is passionate about distributed renewable energy and climate policy. Duncan has a Master's in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Duncan is a Sustainable Energy Fellow, former board fellow at EarthCorps, and has done an economic feasibility study for combined heat and power in Washington. When not working you can find Duncan out hiking with his dog, Bjørne, climbing, or trying a new recipe for dinner.

Kyle Murphy

Campaign co-director (Organizing)

Kyle has been a leader on numerous environmental campaigns. Recent successes include serving as the field director with Yes for Seattle Transit and as a founder of the successful divestment campaign at UW. Outside of work, Kyle sits on the Executive Committee with the Sierra Club Washington Chapter and is an aspiring slackliner, surfer, sea kayaker, skiier, and cyclist.

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