Opinion

The false promises and high cost of the low-carbon fuel mandate

Imagine a politician bragging about a policy that would reduce air pollution by one percent, ten years from now. Would you be impressed? How about spending $38 to get $1 worth of environmental benefit? What if advocates promised that even though their policy didn’t create the farm jobs they promised last time, this time it […]

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Sen. Mark Schoesler: Inslee and friends still haven’t gotten message on carbon fees and taxes

Twice in the past three years, Washington voters decisively rejected efforts to impose carbon fees or taxes in our state: I-732 in 2016 and I-1631 last fall. Despite this clear message, Democrats keep wanting people to pay more for the energy they need, even though Washington already is a national leader in “clean energy” – […]

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Climate proposals need better cost analysis

For Washington to show leadership on climate change and build support for costly new carbon-reduction programs, the state must do a better job explaining how they’ll affect taxpayers. The lack of clarity around costs is painful as the Legislature weighs four different proposals to reduce emissions — a carbon tax, a low-carbon fuel standard, a […]

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Low Carbon Fuel Standard wrong for Washington: Costly, unworkable fuel policy

As part of his proposed 2019 climate agenda, the Governor wants the Legislature to take another run at imposing a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) on Washington, despite it having been rejected twice before and despite it being an ineffective and unsustainable proposal that has been shown to increase gasoline and diesel fuel prices in […]

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