By AWB President Kris Johnson
Washington state employers are proven leaders and innovators in energy conservation, carbon reduction and environmental efforts.
The record proves this is already taking place without a carbon tax, but rather through innovation and collaboration.
Washington's population has increased 43 percent since 1990 and the economy has grown 260 percent, yet carbon emissions are down 18 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
From small operations to large steel mills, companies have built sustainability and environmental stewardship into their operations, not as an afterthought.
Despite this solid environmental record, voters will be faced with a choice to raise the cost of energy -- the engine that keeps Washingtonians moving and warm -- through Initiative 732. It would put in place a carbon tax under the guise of doing what employers and residents are already doing -- lowering carbon emissions. But, it is not without risk to the economy, K-12 education and our low- and fixed-income neighbors...