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 other states. …

The Governor refuses to tell us how much his LCFS policy would cost Washington motorists. All we know is that it’s part of his massive spending plan that contains $270 million in new state spending, and that new spending does not include any funding for improvements to our roads, bridges or transportation infrastructure.

But we can look to the only two states that have a LCFS — California and Oregon — for insight on potential impacts on Washington.  Results to date indicate that there is no feasible pathway to compliance, a LCFS is costly to consumers and it may cause more environmental harm than good. …

The California Energy Commission reported that, as of December 2018, the LCFS already added 13.3 cents to the cost per gallon of gasoline and 9.5 cents to diesel.  Studies by other experts, such as Stillwater Associates, estimate that by 2030 the California LCFS could increase the cost of gasoline by 47 to 71 cents per gallon.

Washingtonians already pay the nation’s second-highest gasoline taxes – a combined 67.8 cents per gallon in state and federal levies. The cost impact of a LCFS, whether 13 cents or even more, would be another regressive proposal with hidden costs. …

Washingtonians want cost-effective, achievable carbon reduction policies to help transition to a cleaner future. That’s why a LCFS must be rejected.

Chris Eerkes is President of Sun Pacific Energy, Inc., providing over 90 independent Washington state dealers with retail motor fuel. A native of Washington state, Eerkes resides in Kennewick with his family. He also serves as President of the Washington Oil Marketers Association.

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