Latest state green bill needs more thought

Residents throughout Walla Walla County have voiced concern over House Bill 1091. …

Though this low carbon fuel standard plan for Washington state has good intentions, its price tag at the pump is too much for state residents, particularly for farmers and long-haul truckers. …

“I think there would be a significantly negative impact on local businesses and residents,” Port of Walla Walla Executive Director Pat Reay told Del Castillo, referencing HB 1091. “Any sort of business where transportation is a component of their operations would be seriously hurt by this. And the same for consumers as well.” …

… many Washingtonians are still hurting financially because of the COVID-19 shutdowns. Though we are now in Phase 3, there are still those whose jobs have been lost and hours have been cut. A boost in fuel costs will only add to their burden.

While we agree the goals of this bill are all important, local taxpayers and businesses simply can’t afford to do it all — particularly in the midst of an economic slowdown created by a pandemic.

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