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 because of the COVID-19 shutdowns. Jobs have been lost and hours have been cut.

A boost in fuel costs will add more to their burden. …

This plan would likely cause shock at the gasoline pumps for those who drive cars. A study conducted for the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency found that low carbon fuel standards could add up to 57 cents to a gallon of gas and up to 63 cents to a gallon diesel by 2030.

Keep in mind that Washington state currently has one of the highest gas taxes in America. If a gas tax hike is warranted, we would prefer it be targeted for upgrading roads and infrastructure. …

This is simply not a good time to take on an ambitious low carbon fuel standard plan. The economic cost is too high when so many are already struggling.

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