Proposal for cleaner fuel in Washington could raise gas prices

Republican critics cited a 2019 study by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, which found a clean fuel standard could raise gasoline prices 57-cents a gallon.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A proposal for a new clean fuel standard in Washington state, which could raise gas prices, passed off the floor of the state’s House Saturday and now heads to the Senate. …

Every Republican in the House, however, voted against the proposal, mainly over concerns of the impact it could have on business owners and gas prices.

“I think we can do better,” said Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, during the floor debate. Barkis said the bill, which would require the production of cleaner burning fuel, could raise gas prices more than 50-cents a gallon.

Barkis, and other Republican critics, cited a 2019 study conducted by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, which found clean fuel standards, like those implemented in Oregon and California, could increase prices at the pump 57-cents per gallon for gasoline, and 63-cents more per gallon for diesel.

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