KVI's Carlson: I-1631 like approving a bridge to nowhere

I-1631 tail pipe carbon fuel emissions AP107.jpg
I-1631 would raise taxes on carbon fuel sources in Washington, like gasoline, home heating oil, natural gas and propane. KVI's John Carlson says the ballot measure to ostensibly curb carbon emissions and climate change is not worth the extra cost for drivers, renters, home owners and consumers.{ } (Hendrik Schmidt/dpa via AP)

KVI's John Carlson writes that the carbon fuel taxes which would increase if I-1631 is approved on the November 6, 2018 general election ballot in Washington will provide little environmental benefit but sizeable political benefit for future Washington governors.

In his latest column for, Carlson elucidates: Well, the professed goal (of I-1631) is winning the war against global warming. During his state of the state address last January, Gov. Jay Inslee was unequivocal: “It is the destiny of this State — because of who we are — to defeat climate change.”

So, does I-1631 actually help “defeat climate change”? No, not in any direct sense, although its supporters argue that it could help build a cleaner energy economy. Does it have any measurable impact on climate change at all? The scientifically honest answer is: No.

To read the entire column about I-1631, click here.

Offbeat News