HB 1091, to impose a costly and ineffective Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) on the people of Washington state

Key Findings

  1. By focusing on a narrow subset of Washington’s CO2 emissions, the low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) is certain to be more expensive than alternatives.
  2. The claim that the LCFS would not increase prices and that costs haven’t been higher than expected is contradicted by the data and the statements of LCFS supporters themselves.
  3. The experience of California and Oregon show the LCFS mandate is extremely expensive, with 93% of the cost doing nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  4. LCFS costs have been much higher than projected and biofuel companies and the Energy Information Administration agree that costs will continue to climb.
  5. The LCFS mandate proposed in the legislature does more harm than good, spending five dollars for every one dollar of climate and environmental benefit it claims to create.
  6. Research for the WA Department of Ecology and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency found that the LCFS mandate would reduce particulate matter air pollution by less than one percent by 2028.
  7. Most of those air quality improvements are likely to go to people living in wealthy communities.
  8. The LCFS mandate is unlikely to help create a biofuel industry in Washington state and the legislation specifically would make building biofuel production more difficult.
  9. The barriers to increasing biofuel production mean compliance with the LCFS rules would be met primarily with fuel imported from out of state.
  10. The more concerned legislators are about climate change, the less they should support a costly and ineffective approach like the LCFS.

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