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Letter to the Editor: Bainbridge Island Needs to Lead the Way with a Tax on Carbon

Planet Earth is in the midst of an environmental crisis that will have dire consequences for human civilization. Overpopulation and the net addition of over 228,000 more humans per day is a huge driver behind rapid environmental decline, but how we live, and the systems we depend upon, are also key to the wanton excess imposed by humanity. Our lingering over use of fossil fuels, combined with population growth, is pumping increasing amounts of CO2 into the Earth’s atmosphere. According to the vast majority of climate scientists, this is the main cause of climate change and is going to result in sea level rise. This can be moderated if we act soon in a meaningful way to reduce our overall CO2 emissions. The time for baby steps has passed. We need to bend the curve of our eventual collective enlightenment to change our ways before it is truly too late. It’s time for Bainbridge Island to lead the way. We can do that, in part, by placing a tax on carbon emissions.

An obvious response to the idea of a local carbon tax will be the same as one detractor’s reaction to concern over the loss of trees on Bainbridge Island: In the larger scheme of things, the carbon sequestering capacity of the trees we lose to development is like the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings—imperceptible. I beg to differ. There is powerful symbolic importance in what we do here on Bainbridge Island. We are a highly educated community. We are very affluent. We are the elites. To outsiders we understandably appear as privileged. Maybe because we are privilged. If one accepts that climate change is, in fact, driven by deforestation and human carbon emissions, Bainbridge Islanders cannot continue to expect others to save their trees and others to generate lower carbon emissions. We have to help lead the way.

A couple of months back I attended a “Coal Free” event at IslandWood hosted by the Sierra Club. VIPs included former senator Phil Rockefeller and Trudi Inslee. The challenge posed by climate change was summed up by host Erika Shriner as imminent and dire. Time to act is short: We are in the last second of the last of the day in the history of human civilization. Closing down Puget Sound Energy’s coal-fired plants, which generate 30% of our electricity, would go a long ways towards addressing carbon emissions and climate change. I couldn’t agree more. What about the people working in those coal-fired plants(?): jobs working for clean energy companies. What was missing from the evening’s discussion, however, was a frank and meaningful discussion of how Bainbridge Island contributes its fair share to wanton excess and increasing carbon emissions. To be fair, the Repower Kitsap program was discussed by the City of Bainbridge Island’s “community engagement specialist,” Kellie Stickney. Repower offers free energy audits and encourages home owners to make energy efficient choices. Great, but the City of Bainbridge Island doesn’t even officially recognize that climate change is happening or that it is primarily driven by human activity. Meanwhile, development as usual and revenue-generating sprawl continue unabated as if they had absolutely no impact upon climate change.

As I sat through Sierra Club’s coal free event, waiting for a real challenge to Bainbridge Islanders it never happened. The closest it came was Repower Kitsap, which, of course, is a very small part of an overall meaningful response to climate change. What I mostly heard was that someone else needs to change: not us. At an event focused on climate change and CO2 emissions, four people out of about two hundred rode their bicycles to the event. It was not cold outside and it was no raining. The elites were being asked to use their political influence, donate some money, then drive home and feel better about themselves. Not good enough. Not even close.

If the elites are going to lead the way we need to get serious. Sustainability lite, and token programs to reduce the overall increase in carbon emissions, mostly make us feel better about ourselves. It’s time to set aside our polite deference and get real. A good start would be for the City of Bainbridge Island to impose a tax on carbon emissions. Such a tax could first of all be levied on all motor vehicles that are not fully electric, including hybrids with their not- so-environmentally friendly batteries. Building owners could be levied a small carbon tax, as well, for the carbon emissions it takes to build and maintain them, and for the carbon sequestration lost when the land is/was cleared. The revenues from our carbon tax could be used to purchase development rights and protect forests (not necessarily on BI). One thing is for sure, though: passing a local tax on carbon would be newsworthy beyond its Bainbridge Island, and one of the story lines would have to do with an affluent community stepping up to the climate challenge in a meaningful way.

Ron Peltier

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Trudi Inslee and Phil Rockefeller to Speak at ‘Beyond Coal to Clean Energy’ Workshop

This Wednesday, May 28, Washington State’s first lady Trudi Inslee and Washington Representative on the Northwest Power & Conservation Council Phil Rockefeller will be among the guest speakers addressing climate change and moving beyond coal-based energy to clean energy in the Northwest.

The two-hour Sierra Club event will be at Bainbridge’s IslandWood at 4450 Blakely Avenue, from 7 to 9 p.m.

“Turning the Tide on Climate Change: How We Can Move Beyond Coal to Clean Energy” will explore real solutions to the causes and effects of climate change and ways to create a green economy with clean energy industries and new jobs.

The event is free, but attendees are asked to rsvp at coalfreePSE.org or seth.ballhorn@sierraclub.org.

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Photo of the PSE Wild Horse Wind Farm by Julie Hall. 

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Bainbridge’s Inslee Takes Governor’s Oath of Office, Presents His Vision to Legislature

This morning around 10:30, Governor-elect Jay Inslee and his wife entered the packed Capitol Rotunda of the Legislative Building where Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen administered the oath of office, making Inslee the 23rd Governor of Washington State.

Denis Hayes, the President and CEO of The Bullitt Foundation, which just built “the most efficient commercial building in the world,” served as emcee of the event. He started his remarks by saying that he was pleased that neither ice nor fear of the flu had kept people away from the event, which at Inslee’s request was being held in the rotunda to accommodate more people. Hays then quipped that the flu was afflicting the very young and very old, thereby giving a double whammy to Hugh Hefner and his wife.

On a more serious note, Hays listed some of the problems affecting our nation, including economic woes, our low global education ranking, and the high percentage of Americans in prison, on probation, or on parole. Then he said, “Governor Inslee will address them with courage, intelligence, and determination.” He went on to speak at some length about climate change and praised Inslee for being the only official to be elected on a platform of combatting climate disruption. He referred to Inslee’s “carefully crafted multitiered platform” and “how his vision for a sustainable future would benefit our state.”

After the oath of office, Inslee very briefly addressed the crowd and then said, “Let’s go build a working Washington.”

He left to address the joint legislative session on the House Floor. The special session was called for the purpose of administering the oath of office to newly elected state officials and to hear Inslee’s address.

Joint Session of Legislature

In attendance were the Justices of the Washington State Supreme Court, including the newest member, Bainbridge’s Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud. Also in attendance were former Governor Mike Lowry and Sam Reed, who until today’s ceremony served as Washington Secretary of State. Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen officiated as president.

Lena Hou, a fourth grade student at Sierra Heights Elementary in Renton, sang the anthem.

Rev. Dee Eisenhauer

Rev. Dee Eisenhauer

Eagle Harbor Congregational Church’s Reverend Dee Eisenhauer gave the opening prayer. She prayed for “transcendence over what divides us” and for humility and hope in our elected officials. She addressed the Supreme Being and said, “You’ve blessed Governor Inslee with a passion for preserving this green earth.” She asked that God “provoke peace” and “steer us away from futile dissonance and steer us instead to creative harmony.”

Finally, she asked God to give the Governor “wisdom, give him courage, give him strength and patience, nudge him to ask for help when needed and to listen as well as he speaks, to learn as well as he teaches, and to follow as well as he leads.”

After state officials took their oaths of office, Inslee addressed the legislature. In his speech he communicated a vision of Washingtonians as sharing a pioneering spirit, no matter whether they are fifth-generation residents, as he is, or newer arrivals to our state. He said innovation is in our genes. He said that that pioneering spirit means that “Washington State has the potential to lead the next wave of innovations.”

Inslee introduced his wife of 40 years, Trudi, who received a standing ovation from the chamber. Then he spoke about family and said that we should be proud that our state supported marriage equality. He said approval of Referendum 74 “represents the best of who we are as a state” and it shows “the progress we can make, always toward equality, always toward fairness, always toward justice.”

Governor Jay InsleeHe also outlined his top priorities, the first of which is jobs. He said we face “fierce and immediate global competition for the jobs of tomorrow” and described those jobs as an “opportunity and not an entitlement.”

He said he will reform the state bureaucracy and our state health care to “incentivize quality over quantity, value over volume.” He also said he will sign the Reproductive Parity Act.

He spoke about the Newtown shooting and described how the educators at Sandy Hook ran toward danger to help the children as other adults present hid to protect themselves. He asked the legislators to honor all teachers for what they “do every day in every school,” which is to protect children.

Then he spoke about a commonsense approach to gun reform and mental illness, promising to work with the legislature to “address this crisis responsibly by creating a public health solution for a public health crisis.” He added that “any failure to address the issue of violence this year will be intolerable.”

He concluded with climate change and spoke of how it threatens our state agriculture and fishing industries. He said, “I can’t look the other way or point fingers.” He also emphasized how there is no controversy over climate change: “The controversy is resolved. What remains is how we respond to the challenge. We must embrace our role as first responders. . . . We must embrace our role as pioneers. We will not hand over our destiny to lead the world in clean energy to any other state or nation.” He added, “We don’t deny science in Washington. We embrace it. We do not follow technological innovation. We lead it. We will not pass up a golden opportunity to create jobs.”

Photos courtesy of TVW. To watch the inauguration click here. To watch Inslee’s address, click here.

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Senator Cantwell Rallies the Troops on Bainbridge, Plugs Kilmer for Congress

by Sarah Lane with Julie Hall, October 30, 2012, 4:50 p.m.

Derek Kilmer, the Democrat who is running for Congress in the 6th District, which now includes Bainbridge Island, told Inside Bainbridge there are “eight days, two hours, and five minutes” left until the election but jokingly added, “Who’s counting?” He is. The man eager to replace retiring Norm Dicks in what is redistricted territory got a little help from some big-time friends last night at the Filipino-American Hall.

The event, hosted by Phil and Anita Rockefeller, drew about 15o people, who were treated to a three-tiered crispy parcel and springroll extravaganza provided by Sawatdy Thai Restaurant as they waited for the speechifying to begin. When Senator Maria Cantwell, running for reelection, arrived, she told IB that Kilmer is a friend and a “great guy.” She said he had asked her if she’d come to show support and she had immediately said yes.

Rockefeller and Inslee

Rockefeller and Inslee.

When there were enough people present that you couldn’t walk anywhere without knocking someone’s chicken satay out of their hands, former Washington State Senator and now Northwest Power and Conservation Councilmember Phil Rockefeller took the stage. He led the crowd in a birthday song for Sherry Appleton, our district’s Washington State House rep.

He listed all the Democratic politerati present, including nonpartisan judicial candidates Sheryl McCloud and Karen Klein, and introduced Trudi Inslee, the wife of the Democratic candidate for governor Jay Inslee, as the “likely next first lady of Washington.”

Inslee climbed to the stage and said, “Jay would love to be here tonight, but he’s at a fundraiser.” She added, “We aren’t taking anything for granted. Every single vote counts.”


Derek Kilmer.

Then Rockefeller introduced Kilmer, describing him as “energetic” and “focused,” as having a “wicked wit,” and as exhibiting “incredible industry.” He said, “No one has your back better than Derek.”

Kilmer took the mike and thanked the other Democratic candidates present. He described Appleton as the “conscience of the State House” and mentioned how hard she has fought for people with developmental disabilities. He commended Drew Hansen, candidate for State Representative, on an “impassioned speech” he gave on marriage equality. He called State Senator Christine Rolfes, running for reelection, our “ferry godmother,” praising her work on behalf of ferry commuters and education issues. And he gave shouts out to County Commissioners Charlotte Garrido and Rob Gelder in their campaigns (neither of whom was present).

Mayor Debbi Lester

Mayor Debbi Lester in red.

Then Kilmer said he had put 31,000 miles on his car during the campaign. He described three stops en route that had particularly moved him. The first was in Grays Harbor where he spoke with a “mom and small business owner” who told him, “My biggest fear is that our top export will be our kids.” Kilmer said he’s heard that sentiment echoed “everywhere.” He said what is needed is to “grow the economy from the middle out,” to invest in American skilled workers, and to get people back to work.

In Southworth, he spoke with a woman who has leukemia. Kilmer choked up as he described the woman’ tears in her eyes as she explained that she had gone through four treatments for her disease, at $50,000 each. She told him, “I’m just so scared.” Kilmer said how turning Medicare into a voucher system would “fracture the guarantee we owe our seniors.” He said that Medicare and Social Security are what have sustained his own grandmother who is 102 years old. Then he said, “This is the real deal. I’m going to remember that woman every day.”



In Belfair, he met an older man who told him that his wife had made him come to meet him. He was an immigrant who moved to the United States after World War II. He told Kilmer, “I’ve become so disheartened I’ve thought for the first time of not voting.” Kilmer counseled him to vote, saying that “If everyone sits on the sidelines, we can’t fix it.”

Kilmer concluded by saying that he is the only candidate who doesn’t believe corporations are people or that money is speech, drawing a rousing round of applause and cheers. He admonished people to keep working to get out the vote: “Move forward or backward? Trickle down or middle out? We’ve got eight days,” he said.

Senator Cantwell took the stage next, saying, “Wouldn’t it be so cool if the summer home of the next governor were on Bainbridge Island?” referring to Jay Inslee, who lives on Bainbridge. She continued, “Jay Inslee does what’s right for the state. He will make education the number-one priority.”

cantwell and kilmer

Cantwell and Kilmer.

Then she turned her attention to Kilmer. She described what she perceives as a growing trend in Washington D.C.: “It’s not about a vision of the future but about fear,” and she said, “Boy, do we have a solution in Derek Kilmer.” She foresaw an upcoming political battle: “This is hand-to-hand combat. This man is capable of winning. That’s why we need to send him to D.C.”

Cantwell listed three issues of great concern to our state: the acidification of our waters, the need to get our troops out of Afghanistan, and the urgency of providing help to our returning vets, including PTSD treatment and jobs training.

She ended her comments by paraphrasing Mark Udall, a senator from Colorado, who described our economy when Obama took it as being in a Mach-5 nosedive. Cantwell pantomimed Obama grabbing the steering and pulling the economy out of the dive until it was able to fly level. Now, she warned, “The other side wants to drive it into the ground.”

Photos by Julie Hall.

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BI Chamber of Commerce Announces New President

Rex Oliver will be taking the reins as the Island’s new Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, effective January 3, 2012. Oliver has extensive professional chamber experience, having served for 10 years as President/CEO of the Murrieta California Chamber, during which time he also held the position of President of the Southern California Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and sat on the board of the Western Association of Chamber Executives.

About the hire, Chairman of the Board of the Bainbridge Island Chamber Jeff Waite said, “We are very excited to have Rex aboard. He brings a wealth of chamber experience and talents to our Island and region. He will work closely with our partners and members as we focus on our core competencies of creating a strong sustainable local economy through promoting the community, providing networking opportunities, representing the interests of business with government, and promoting sustainable business practices.”

Oliver was introduced to the Bainbridge Island Community on December 14 at a special event that included Island dignitaries Trudi Inslee, wife of gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee; Dr. David Mitchell, President of Olympic College; John Powers, Executive Director of the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance; as well as more than 100 other community leaders.

The recruiting process took several months and involved assistance from Chamber of Commerce consultant Frank J. Kenny. Kenny acted as interim director of the chamber while also facilitating board retreats, creating a new job description, performing the national search, and conducting negotiations. “The board of directors looked at this time as an opportunity for organizational growth and change. I am honored to have been involved in helping this long-established business association work through the process of establishing a vision and then recruiting a chamber professional of national prominence that will help them see it come to fruition,” said Kenny.

Photo courtesy of the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce.

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PAWS Dinner & Auction Something to Purr About

Saturday night’s Spotlight on PAWS 2011 Dinner & Auction at Wing Point Golf and Country Club “far exceeded” the animal welfare society’s expectations “financially and otherwise,” in the words of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Executive Director Mark Hufford. What Hufford was referring to is the combination of the more than $75,000 raised by the event and the assemblage of a wide range of supportive parties, including sponsors such as Windermere Real Estate and the Suquamish Tribe, numerous donors, and a host of legislators.

One of those legislators, State Representative Sherry Appleton, gave the toast that opened the auction portion of the evening. She said, “What you give to PAWS is what our animals give to us: love, devotion, and loyalty.” She added, “So spend BIG!”

John Curley

John Curley raising the stakes.

The event was emceed by John Curley, the former host of TV’s Evening Magazine. Curley joked and bantered his way through the evening, and he even set up a little “Price Is Right” type of situation in which he invited two people to the stage, one of whom had won the evening’s golden ticket, a prize that would enable the winner, for the price of $100, to select any of the evening’s auction items. Curley asked the two players, neither of whom knew who had won, if they wanted to offer their tickets for sale. One of the players did—she sold her ticket for $500 to, as it turned out, the wife of the man who held the other ticket, thus ensuring his win. The winning couple selected a trip to Hawaii as their prize. It was a happy win-win for the prize winners, as well as for PAWS.

Other highlights of the evening included a barrage of unusual prizes that brought in a chunk of change. The name-a-litter-of-kittens prize went for $200. A Matthew Coates-designed doghouse went for $1,000. And a participant bid $500 to have his pet featured in a future Susan Wiggs novel. One person bid $800 to be included on the pit crew of animal-friendly dog sledder Laura Daugereau.

Two Chefs: Greg Atkinson of Marché and Chris Haberstock of Wing Point

Two Chefs: Greg Atkinson of Marché and Chris Haberstock of Wing Point

One reason for the huge success of the evening was the Jacobi Family Foundation’s $25,000 challenge match on the Meet-the-need portion of the auction, which goes toward helping low-income pet owners. The challenge raised $53,550 specifically toward veterinary financial assistance, spay/neuter, pet food bank, and Pets and Loving Seniors programs, all benefiting low-income pet owners. Hufford explained that these programs help more than 400 families annually, with the pet food bank benefiting many more.

Hillary Franz and Trudi Inslee

Hillary Franz and Trudi Inslee

Hufford was especially delighted with the turnout from so many different segments of the community: at least seven veterinarians with many of their clinic staff, the executive directors of Helpline House and KidiMu, and board members and staff of many other nonprofits, including the Kitsap Humane Society. Judy Hartstone, PAWS Executive Director from 1997 through 2008, flew in from her current home in Santa Barbara, California, to attend the event.

The Island’s political segment was in full force as well. Attendees included, in addition to Appleton, Bainbridge City Councillor Hillary Franz, County Commissioners Josh Brown and Rob Gelder, State Senator Christine Rolfes, and U.S. Congressman Jay Inslee and his wife Trudi. Hufford suggested that the reason for so many legislators being in attendance was the organization’s increasing role and leadership in animal welfare advocacy. He referred specifically to the statewide spay/neuter bill (www.savewashingtonpets.org), for which he has testified in Olympia.

Jim Brunelle and Liz Greenlees

Jim Brunelle and Dr. Liz Greenlees

Judy Dougherty and her mother Rita Hoffman

Judy Dougherty and her mother Rita Hoffman

Marielle Summers, Madeleine Arends, and Sarah Muir, PAWS volunteers

Marielle Summers, Madeleine Arends, and Sarah Muir, PAWS volunteers









Auction item: 1990 Barbera d'Alba, Ribezzo, 12-liter bottle

Auction item: 1990 Barbera d'Alba, Ribezzo, 12-liter bottle


Photos by Sarah Lane.

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