Opinion

CarlsonCast Feb3–8am hour

Todd Myers unveils new data from Oregon that sheds light on how gas prices and carbon emissions would be impacted if Washington follows the lead of Oregon and California with an LCFS. New data shows how the LCFS will be both expensive to drivers and consumers, and simultaneously fail to reach the carbon emissions goals […]

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Low-carbon fuel mandate wastes more than 9 out of every 10 dollars

Last week, the legislature heard a proposal to mandate a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in Washington state, which is designed to reduce transportation-related CO2 emissions. Oregon and California have already adopted a similar rule, and their experience demonstrates that an LCFS has high costs both for consumers and for those who care about reducing CO2 […]

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AWB is also deeply engaged on several proposals for a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), which would add costly new refinement requirements for fuel to a lower carbon content of emissions. State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-West Seattle, has filed House Bill 1110 to implement a LCFS, which is expected to quickly move to the House floor […]

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The cost of Oregon’s low-carbon fuel mandate more than doubled in 2019

In 2019, the cost of Oregon’s low-carbon fuel mandate more than doubled, jumping from 1 cent per gallon to about 2.4 cents per gallon. Additionally, Oregon’s fuel mandate is less than 5 percent as effective at cutting CO2 as common alternatives used by Seattle City Light and others. During today’s media briefing about the upcoming […]

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Governor’s new climate proposals are more than 90% waste

The Governor unveiled his latest climate proposals today. Despite claiming we face a climate crisis, the proposals are centered around the least effective approaches to reduce CO2. … Low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) The Governor’s proposal for a LCFS standard is designed to link to existing requirements in Oregon and California. The current price to reduce […]

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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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