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Angling for LCFS policy continues

Although a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) bill reintroduced from last session and passed by the state House appears to be going nowhere in the Senate, the general idea could still move forward as proponents continue to push the policy on a variety of fronts. After clearing the House on Jan. 29 in a 52-44 […]

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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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Low-carbon fuel standard would hurt working families

Despite overwhelming evidence against its effectiveness, and bipartisan opposition, House Democrats passed a controversial bill on Jan. 29 that would establish a low-carbon fuel standard in Washington state. In every way, House Bill 1110, is a bad bill … The low-carbon fuel standard is not the direction we need to take the state of Washington. […]

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CarlsonCast Feb3–8am hour

Todd Myers unveils new data from Oregon that sheds light on how gas prices and carbon emissions would be impacted if Washington follows the lead of Oregon and California with an LCFS. New data shows how the LCFS will be both expensive to drivers and consumers, and simultaneously fail to reach the carbon emissions goals […]

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Capitol Dispatch: Local lawmakers oppose clean fuel standard

A clean fuel standard intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars, trucks and other vehicles passed out of the state House on Wednesday and was sent to the Senate, where the same bill stalled last session. All four representatives from the 19th and 20th Legislative Districts voted against the measure, saying it could increase […]

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State House Passes Bill That Would Up Gas Tax $.57 Cents-Or More

House Republicans, and five Democrats, voted against HB (house bill) 1110, which would create what are called California style low carbon fuel standard. That means there would be mandated changes or modifications to gas sold in our state. The end result? To pay for those modifications the gas tax would rise anywhere from $.57 to […]

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LCFS proposal “destroys our competitiveness”

The state House has voted 52-44 in favor of a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program via HB 1110; introduced last year and at that time approved by the chamber 53-43, the legislation reached the Senate Transportation Committee before it was referred back to the House. The vote this session was preceded by hours-long impassioned […]

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Low-carbon fuel mandate wastes more than 9 out of every 10 dollars

Last week, the legislature heard a proposal to mandate a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in Washington state, which is designed to reduce transportation-related CO2 emissions. Oregon and California have already adopted a similar rule, and their experience demonstrates that an LCFS has high costs both for consumers and for those who care about reducing CO2 […]

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LCFS, round three

Though state lawmakers for the past two years have unsuccessfully tried to enact a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in an effort to reduce transportation sector carbon emissions, some have decided to take another run at implementing the policy. A Jan. 16 public hearing of the previous proposal’s companion bill [SB 5412] in the Senate […]

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Farmers see pitfalls in low-carbon fuel mandate

OLYMPIA — Several farmers told legislators Thursday that lowering the fossil-fuel content in gasoline and diesel will raise their transportation, equipment and labor costs. Clark County, Wash., farmer Kevin Dobbins said small engines need more maintenance if fueled by an ethanol-gasoline mix and that a mandate on fuel suppliers to mix in more non-fossil fuels […]

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