Why Washington’s Health Professionals Support I-1631

Doctors for I-1631

Watch this I-1631 ad featuring Dr. Anita Penuelas of WPSR’s Climate & Health Talk Force sharing physicians’s support. Click here to share it on Facebook!

WPSR and our volunteer Climate & Health Task Force are all-in for I-1631, Washington’s Clean Air and Clean Energy ballot initiative. You can go all in, too: volunteer these next few weeks to canvass, call, and text to Get Out the Vote.

We aren’t alone. Our members and many other health advocates have helped secure endorsements from a number of local, state, and national organizations. So far, the following organizations representing thousands of health professionals have endorsed the initiative:

  • Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Washington chapter

  • American College of Physicians, Washington chapter

  • American Lung Association

  • Healthcare without Harm

  • King County Academy of Family Physicians

  • King County Medical Society

  • National Nurses United

  • Physicians for Social Responsibility

  • Planned Parenthood Northwest

  • Virginia Mason Medical System

  • Washington Academy of Family Physicians

  • Washington State Medical Society

WPSR members gathered over 9,000 signatures to get this critical initiative on the ballot and are now knocking on doors and calling voters to encourage people across Washington to join us in supporting I-1631.

We’ve also published op-eds and letters to the editor, been interviewed by journalists, spoken at public events, and co-wrote an article with Sightline Institute about the Initiative’s health benefits. The physician Co-Chair of our Climate & Health Task Force, Kirkland cardiologist Mark Vossler, is even featured in a campaign ad. When we said we were “all in”, we weren’t kidding!

From Everett to Yakima, Tacoma to the Kitsap Peninsula, see below for a summary of WPSR health advocates’ perspectives describing their support for clean air and clean energy.

We hope you will join us in saying YES to Clean Air and Clean Energy by voting for I-1631 this November 6th!

June 11th - Dr. Chris Covert-Bowlds published an op-ed in Seattle Bike Blog: “Bicyclists Should Support I-1631”

July 3rd - Dr. Mark Vossler, Co-Chair of WPSR’s Climate & Health Task Force, spoke at I-1631 press conference and is quoted in the Spokesman-Review.

July 3rd - Mark and Jade Lauw, WPSR intern, featured in Seattle Times story on I-1631

July 3rd - Mark’s remarks in video report of I-1631 press conference from The Olympian. 

July 21st - Mark published an op-ed in the International Examiner: “Doctor Recommended: Yes on 1631 because our health matters”  

July 25th - Dr. Sara Cate, Yakima family physician, published a letter to the editor in the Yakima Herald:  “Vote for clean air with Initiative 1631”

August 17th - Dr. Ken Lans quoted in article in Queen Anne Magnolia News.

August 17th - 1631 press conference coverage in KOMO News, Ken Lans quoted.

August 19th - Dr. Jonathan Witte published op-ed in the Everett Herald: “Carbon fee will help clear air we breathe”

September 14th - Dr. Jim Little published a letter to the editor mentioning I-1631: “Methane rollback reprehensible”

September 18th - Dr. Michael Soman published a letter in the Kitsap Sun: “We can lead the nation by passing I-1631”

September 21st - Ken co-authored an op-ed in Seattle Times with Jeff Johnson and Aiko Schaefer: ‘Big Oil’ vs. clean energy and healthier communities

September 21st - Dr. Callan Foeckle interviewed for Seattle Channel 1631 story

October 2nd - Barb Gottlieb, Director of Environment & Health with national PSR, published an op-ed in The Hill

October 6th - Kenra Brewer, Tacoma RN, interviewed on Tacoma PBS station KCBTS

October 12th - Mark published op-ed in the Redmond Reporter: “I’m going all-in for Initiative 1631”

October 15th - Laura Skelton and Sarah Cornett co-authored Sightline Institute piece: “1631 Could Save Lives and Improve Health”

October 16th - Mark quoted in press release from King County Medical Society: “WSMA, KCMS lead unprecedented medical coalition for I-1631”

October 23rd - Dr. Jim Little interviewed on Seattle’s Natural Choice Network radio program

October 26th: Dr. Anita Peñuelas featured in I-1631 ad highlighting physicians’ support