The oil and gas industry spent a record $31 million urging the Evergreen State to vote "No."
It's a moonshot proposal to shift the debate on the one climate policy both political parties seem to see as inevitable.
Regarding climate change, the global community has excelled in procrastination. But time is running out. The scientific evidence is mounting, and the impact of severe climate changes is more tangible than ever. It is time for the global community to take responsibility and lead the way forward to implement a price on carbon.
Consumer giants like Unilever and Marks & Spencer have promised to source materials from states and regions that slash deforestation, but slowing deforestation requires buy-in at every level of society.
Few of the more than 300 discussions in Davos touched on climate risk, and many participants expressed a fear that flat-footedness was the norm -- not the exception.
The key to success is cooperation between governments, cities, communities, development banks and the private sector. We need to leverage existing partnerships and resources, whether domestic or multilateral.
Ideally, the world's collective response to global warming would be as rapid and muscular as the threat of growing climate disruption requires. With each year that passes without such a response, we are learning the hard way that what we once considered an ideal international response is now merely pragmatic.