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“Poison pill” amendments could kill LCFS bill

The state Senate voted 27-20 on April 8 in favor of E3SHB 1091, a measure which would create a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program in Washington state. … However, now several senate Democrats who voted in favor of the bill have made it clear that various changes made to the House-approved version must remain […]

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Washington’s Gas Prices Expected to Soar

As the State legislative leaders began budget negotiations behind closed doors, Senate Democrats brought two major proposals that are part of Gov. Inslee’s climate-change agenda to the floor for a vote on Thursday. … The two bills referenced are SB 5126, which would establish a cap-and-trade program and it passed by a 25-24 vote, with […]

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LCFS debate continues in Senate committee

With the passage of E3SHB 1091 in the state House earlier this month, the debate over its proposed low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) continued during a March 10 public hearing in the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee. Much of the testimony from both industry and environmentalists centered on the effectiveness of the program and […]

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Proposal for cleaner fuel in Washington could raise gas prices

Republican critics cited a 2019 study by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, which found a clean fuel standard could raise gasoline prices 57-cents a gallon. OLYMPIA, Wash. — A proposal for a new clean fuel standard in Washington state, which could raise gas prices, passed off the floor of the state’s House Saturday and […]

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‘This is bad policy’: Low-carbon fuel bill in Olympia would raise cost of gas, diesel

A bill addressing climate change, one of Gov. Jay Inslee’s goals for this legislative session, passed in the Washington House of Representatives on Saturday with support from Democrats. During a virtual floor debate, Republicans opposed the measure. … … Republicans say it could raise the price of gasoline for every Washingtonian by 57 cents and […]

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House passes LCFS bill amid concerns over cost, program effectiveness

The State House passed 3SHB 1091 on Feb. 27 which would create a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The measure moved forward following hours of debate and a variety of technical amendments. Prior to the 52-46 vote, Republican lawmakers unsuccessfully sought to add several amendments, including one that would preserve a provision in the 2015 […]

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Washington farm groups skeptical about promised clean fuels bonanza

OLYMPIA — Washington House Democrats are again moving to adopt a low-carbon fuel standard, and farm groups continue to be among those pushing back. The policy requires gasoline and diesel to have more alternative fuels such as ethanol and renewable diesel. Supporters say the mandate fights climate change and creates markets for farmers. Northwest Agricultural […]

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How the low-carbon fuel standard may hurt working class families

Governor Inslee and Democrats in Olympia are once again pushing a low-carbon fuel standard, in an effort to encourage greener options in the state fuel market. But critics argue that it will greatly cost the state and have little return on investment. Randy Pepple is with the group Affordable Fuel Washington and joined the Dori […]

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