A gas tax won’t fix climate change. State lawmakers must oppose this low-carbon plan | Editorial

… If ESSHB 1110 — the low-carbon fuel standard bill — gets through this year’s legislative session, then the price at the pump will shoot up and disposable income will go down. For those on a fixed income, this is a horrible scenario.

And gas prices won’t be the only concern.

The cost of food and other goods shipped by truck will rise because businesses will have to pass on the extra shipping expenses to their customers.

Higher fuel costs will burden city police and fire departments. School districts — especially those with large rural routes — may have to sacrifice classroom money in order to pay for fuel for school buses.

We are not deniers of climate change, but we believe ESSHB 1110 is regressive, and delivers too little environmental bang for the buck. …

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA), in a report last year, estimates that a low-carbon fuel standard would increase the cost of gas by up to 57 cents per gallon by 2030. Diesel would increase by up to 63 cents per gallon in the same 10 years.

According to the Association of Washington Business, the state’s private sector would need to spend up to $2 billion to comply with a mandated low-carbon fuel standard. …

We appreciate Inslee’s passion to seek solutions to climate change, but ESSHB is not the answer. Lawmakers must find a more efficient way to save the world.

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