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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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Inslee draws a line in the battle on clean fuels law

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee badly wants a clean fuels standard in Washington. He came close nine months ago but legislation he embraced and House Democrats approved lapsed in the Senate Transportation Committee. … The same moderate Democrat, Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens, is running the transportation committee. And he still views a low […]

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AWB is also deeply engaged on several proposals for a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), which would add costly new refinement requirements for fuel to a lower carbon content of emissions. State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-West Seattle, has filed House Bill 1110 to implement a LCFS, which is expected to quickly move to the House floor […]

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Policy fights, political tension loom for state lawmakers

Another transportation matter is Inslee’s push for a low carbon fuel standard. On this, the governor will run into opposition from Hobbs. House Democrats passed a bill last year that died in the Senate Transportation Committee. “I think it is much more likely to pass this Legislature this year,” Inslee said Thursday at the Associated […]

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The cost of Oregon’s low-carbon fuel mandate more than doubled in 2019

In 2019, the cost of Oregon’s low-carbon fuel mandate more than doubled, jumping from 1 cent per gallon to about 2.4 cents per gallon. Additionally, Oregon’s fuel mandate is less than 5 percent as effective at cutting CO2 as common alternatives used by Seattle City Light and others. During today’s media briefing about the upcoming […]

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Governor’s new climate proposals are more than 90% waste

The Governor unveiled his latest climate proposals today. Despite claiming we face a climate crisis, the proposals are centered around the least effective approaches to reduce CO2. … Low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) The Governor’s proposal for a LCFS standard is designed to link to existing requirements in Oregon and California. The current price to reduce […]

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Puget Sound LCFS could cost $900 per household

While the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) considers a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) within four counties, Governor Jay Inslee’s newly released proposed operating budget includes a similar LCFS proposal and $1.5 million in funding to implement the plan. It marks the third time legislators have looked at the idea which is already in […]

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Low-carbon fuel standard, requirements for ride-hailing companies among Gov. Inslee’s climate proposals

… The governor, during a morning news conference in Olympia, asked the Legislature to pass a low-carbon fuel standard, a requirement for ride-hailing companies to reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions, a bill to create a zero-emission vehicle program and legislation to “align Washington’s emission targets with the latest science,” which would make them more ambitious. An […]

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