Washington, D.C. –The Washington carbon tax bill has failed to gather enough votes to pass the state Senate, and the Oregon cap-and-trade bill is increasingly in danger of failing as well. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke also cancelled an oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Chaco Canyon later this month due to activist pressure.
In response, Food & Water Watch’s executive director, Wenonah Hauter, released the following statement:
“Recent developments in Washington and Oregon show that clean energy, not market schemes, should be the priority of lawmakers around the country. Cap-and-trade and carbon taxes are half measures that at best give the appearance of climate action while allowing fossil fuel business as usual. We need more bills like the ones introduced in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia that follow the lead of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s federal bill, the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, which mandates a just and swift transition to renewable energy by 2035, with the first 80 percent transition within the next 10 years.
“The Chaco Canyon lease delay is a victory for the protection of Native lands, but also a victory for the climate. Fracking has no place in our future if we want to avert the climate chaos that also threatens our access to safe food and clean water.”
Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.
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