Air quality claims about LCFS mandate contradicted by renewable fuel expert

Advocates of mandating a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in Washington state claim the regulation would reduce air pollution along roads and would even reduce the amount of smoke pollution from forest fires in Washington state.

These two claims are completely inaccurate, according to information from a lead scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and from forest scientists. …

The impact is negligible when we consider that in 2014, using the old studies, the Washington State Department of Ecology found an LCFS mandate would reduce particulate matter (PM 2.5) – the pollution most associated with asthma – by less than one percent when the LCFS reached the first threshold target, which is 2028 in the currently proposed bill. Most of that improvement, as analysis of California’s LCFS mandate found, would go to wealthy communities.

To claim that an LCFS mandate would reduce “impact to the health of the most vulnerable” is false and completely unscientific. …

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