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” – energy with no emissions. …

The Senate is considering a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) bill recently passed by the House along party lines. It should be called the “fuel tax mandate” bill. House Bill 1110 would direct the state Department of Ecology to establish a clean fuels program to limit greenhouse gas emissions per unit of transportation fuel energy to 10 percent below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20 percent below 2017 levels by 2035. Aircraft, vessels and railroad locomotives are excluded.

If this bill becomes law, the price of gas in Washington will skyrocket. California has reported its LCFS programs adds 16 cents to a gallon of fuel. This proposal would raise costs for shipping goods and products to and from ports, and other locations. This would hurt Washington’s economy, especially agriculture.

Rural families might be the ones hurt most by LCFS since they usually have to drive long distances for work, school, sports, medical appointments and other things.

What’s most frustrating about the low carbon fuel standard proposal is that it acts like a gas tax, but without any benefit to roads. At least with the state gas tax, you know that your money is going to help roads and highways.

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