Washington voters reject carbon tax

By King Staff and Associated Press. 

Washington voters rejected what would have been the nation's first direct carbon tax on the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and gasoline.

With a total of 1,914,833 votes counted Wednesday afternoon, 59 percent of voters rejected Initiative 732

I-732 would have encouraged businesses to conserve or switch to clean energy by making fossil fuels more expensive, and make the tax system fairer by using the revenues to reduce other taxes, supporters said.