LETTER: Be aware of carbon tax initiative proponent’s position on I-732

Bruce Lippke, professor emeritus of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences of the University of Washington, presented arguments that the forest product producers should support the carbon tax Initiative 732.

His presentation was given at the Olympic Natural Resources Center on Oct. 28 in Forks.

Later in the question-and-answer period of the talk, he acknowledged that he had voted for the initiative.

His basic argument was that competing building products such as cement and steel would be subject to the carbon tax, but forest products would be exempt.

One of his main points was that the most significant objections to I-732 has come from national environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club.

I hope that the forest products community is aware of Professor Lippke’s position and votes for the initiative.

Jerry Estberg,

Port Angeles