Mount Rainier looms over the Puyallup Valley, Washington.
Mount Rainier View Mount Rainier looms over the Puyallup Valley, Washington. © Public Domain


Initiative 1631

Our Statement on Washington State's Ballot Initiative to Set a Price on Carbon Emissions

Seattle, WA

The Nature Conservancy today is disappointed at the defeat of Washington State Ballot Initiative 1631, which would have placed a price on carbon and used the revenue to fund solutions to reduce climate change impacts.

Initiative 1631 in Washington was the best state-level opportunity this election year to begin to put a price on carbon pollution,” said Mike Stevens, Director for the Washington State chapter of The Nature Conservancy. “The coalition to drive forward action on climate in Washington was the largest ever in our history and included people from all sectors of society. We will continue to move forward with our partners to advance climate solutions.”

“Tackling climate change is a long term and urgent challenge. At The Nature Conservancy, like so many Americans, we are motivated by the opportunity to create a prosperous future for all people and a sustainable future for all life on Earth,” Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy said. “We will continue to work with others to come together to create a world in which people and nature thrive.” 

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.