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Locals rally for pollution tax

Locals rally for pollution tax

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Community members were out in Yakima on Sunday raising awareness for climate change.

The group rallied and door knocked in Yakima neighborhoods to inform people about Initiative 1631.

They said they support the issue which tries to reduce overall emissions by putting a $15 fee on carbon emission per metric ton.

I-1631 opposers such as some energy and gas companies said the initiative would exempt many top polluters.

Robert Strader supports the initiative and said this could be a step in the right direction for a cleaner environment.

"Initiative like 1631 are our answer for fighting climate change," Strader said. "Climate change is already effecting us, it's causing great harm across the state."

I-1631 will be on the November ballot for voters to decide. If it passes, it would go into effect in January 2020.

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