Opinion

Greens’ claims about costs of a biofuel mandate riddled with errors and contradictions

Low-carbon fuel standards increase prices. That reality is, however, politically inconvenient. Advocates of HB 1091, which would impose a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), continue to pollute the discussion with silly claims in an effort to hide what is a simple truth. Most recently, Climate Solutions published a two-page flier on the cost of the LCFS, […]

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Cost is too high for Washington state low carbon fuel standards

Once again Gov. Jay Inslee is pitching a low carbon fuel standard plan for Washington state. And, yet again, it’s price tag at the pump is too much for state residents, particularly for farmers and long-haul truckers. … Washington competes with other states for businesses. We must remain competitive. In addition, many Washingtonians are hurting financially […]

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WA lawmakers should talk to farmers before pushing a low carbon fuel plan

For the fourth year, Gov. Jay Inslee is pushing a low carbon fuel plan for Washington state, and for the fourth year in a row the proposal still promises too little benefit to justify the extra cost at the gas pump. While the arguments for and against the plan haven’t changed much, this year proponents […]

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Will a biofuel mandate create jobs and help farmers? A fact check.

The first hearing for the proposed low-carbon fuel mandate was last week. HB 1091 would require a reduction in reduction in the carbon-intensity of transportation fuels primarily by mixing biofuels with gasoline and diesel. This policy follows in the steps of California and Oregon, where the program has been more expensive than projected. … [T]wo […]

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WA Energy Strategy says it improves physical fitness, decarbonizes energy, and protects people from earthquakes

*Note: The footnotes indicated in this excerpt can be found on the original blog post at the link below. Decarbonization. Increased physical activity. Energy equity. Protection of communities in the subduction zone. Those are all goals or benefits cited in the energy strategy proposed by the Washington state Department of Commerce. Last Friday we submitted […]

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Legislature looking to quietly adopt a last-minute carbon tax

The voters have twice rejected carbon taxes and the legislature has consistently refused to adopt a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system. Despite that, a last-minute carbon tax/cap-and-trade bill that skipped the policy committee hearing process is being pushed by some legislators. HB 2957 would give complete authority to the Department of Ecology to create a […]

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Commentary: Clean fuels standard too costly and not effective

State legislation would result in higher gas prices and wouldn’t significantly lower carbon emissions.

… Whether part of a transportation package, or passed on its own, an LCFS should be rejected. An LCFS would be costly, provide negligible reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and it would do nothing to improve our state’s crumbling transportation infrastructure. In fact, an LCFS would actually threaten transportation funding by adding to fuel costs […]

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Washington can’t afford low-carbon fuel standard mandate

Under House Bill 1110, the state’s Department of Ecology would be tasked with creating a program to reduce the carbon content in transportation fuels. In order for fuel suppliers to be in compliance with the state’s mandate, they would either need to mix their existing gas and diesel with biofuels or buy credits from suppliers […]

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