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Davis: Big Concerns In 2020 Include Low Carbon, Gas Tax

Looking at the 2020 Washington legislative session, scheduled to get underway in a few weeks, what concerns Tom Davis with the Washington Farm Bureau?  The continued push for a Low Carbon Fuel standard in Olympia. “A lot of the conservation and environmental groups in the state have placed the low carbon fuel standard as their […]

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Puget Sound LCFS could add $.57 to gas prices

After its failed efforts to impose a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) across the state during the last two legislative sessions, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) is now considering a LCFS that would only apply to King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. Some industry observers say the regional draft rule is intended to […]

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The false promises and high cost of the low-carbon fuel mandate

Imagine a politician bragging about a policy that would reduce air pollution by one percent, ten years from now. Would you be impressed? How about spending $38 to get $1 worth of environmental benefit? What if advocates promised that even though their policy didn’t create the farm jobs they promised last time, this time it […]

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Low carbon fuel standard stalls

ESSHB 1110, which would create a statewide low carbon fuel standard (LCFS), has hit a roadblock after it failed to clear an April 9 legislative cutoff date for bills moving through the Senate Transportation Committee, though theoretically it could be resurrected by state lawmakers if it is included in the operating budget. … One cause […]

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Sen. Mark Schoesler: Inslee and friends still haven’t gotten message on carbon fees and taxes

Twice in the past three years, Washington voters decisively rejected efforts to impose carbon fees or taxes in our state: I-732 in 2016 and I-1631 last fall. Despite this clear message, Democrats keep wanting people to pay more for the energy they need, even though Washington already is a national leader in “clean energy” – […]

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The high environmental cost of proposed 2019 climate regulation

As a result of the failure to find a compromise on carbon policy over the last six years, the legislature is now proposing a number of regulatory policies to reduce CO2 emissions. Based on the experience of other states, projections show these policies will be expensive and waste resources that could be used more effectively. […]

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