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 of lower carbon transportation fuels. Either way, their costs would rise dramatically.

But it’s not fuel suppliers who would get hit the hardest. It’s the family in rural Washington that has to drive long distances to get to the grocery store or the doctor’s office. It’s the farmer, already hanging on by a thread, who can’t afford to take on any additional financial burdens. It’s the small trucking company, like GT Stoffel Trucking in Washougal, praying for better rates and fewer headaches.

… Raising everyone’s costs for a policy that would likely only reduce the carbon in Washington’s atmosphere by a fraction of a percent simply does not make sense.

Gas prices, perpetually among the highest in the nation, would rise even further. Groceries would become more expensive. Jobs would be lost. And homebuilding would slow at a time when our state is struggling to solve both a homelessness and affordable housing problem. …

The Senate should do what the House failed to do and reject HB 1110.

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