Washington rejects carbon tax, but backers are undeterred

FILE - This April 2, 2010 file photo shows a Tesoro Corp. refinery, including a gas flare flame that is part of normal plant operations, in Anacortes, Wash. In the 2016 election, voters in Washington state rejected an initiative that would have taxed carbon emissions from fossil fuels such as coal and gasoline. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Washington’s carbon tax initiative was billed as a bipartisan approach to curbing carbon emissions. But voters in this progressive state roundly rejected the measure that drew opposition from the fossil fuel industry and, more surprisingly, many major environmental groups.

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