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Carbon Tax Initiative Campaigner Forging Ahead, With Humor Intact

Bellamy Pailthorp
Yoram Bauman

As lawmakers reconvene in Olympia, legislative proposals to limit carbon pollution are piling up. All are ideas that address how to curb the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

Some involve a cap-and-trade system, similar to what California and some New England states have done.

Others are straight taxes, following British Columbia’s example.

Chief among those is a policy from a group called Carbon Washington. Seattle economist and entertainer Yoram Bauman is the brains behind that idea. KPLU environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp invited him into our studios.


(Click on the "play" icon above to hear the interview.)

Bellamy Pailthorp covers the environment for KNKX with an emphasis on climate justice, human health and food sovereignty. She enjoys reporting about how we will power our future while maintaining healthy cultures and livable cities. Story tips can be sent to