Affordable Fuel Washington (AFW) Calls Bill Expensive, Unproven, and Uncertain

OLYMPIA, WASH. (January 24, 2018) – Following the announcement that some Washington State lawmakers intend to pursue an aggressive climate change agenda during the 2018 legislative session, Affordable Fuel Washington – a coalition of employers, farmers, and citizens focused on commonsense policies that do not increased fuel costs – announced their commitment to representing the interests of businesses and consumers in the debate over how best to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Affordable Fuel Washington is particularly concerned about the adoption of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) in Washington State. LCFS is currently proposed in House Bill 2338 – sponsored by Representatives Fitzgibbon, Cody, Hudgins, Goodman, Tarleton, Santos, McBride, Stanford, Tharinger, Macri, Jinkins, Ormsby, and Doglio. The bill was heard in in the House Environment Committee on Tuesday and will now head to a fiscal committee.    

“The members of Affordable Fuel Washington are firmly united in our belief that a LCFS could increase fuel costs dramatically, and would seriously impact consumers, damage job creation and slow the state economy,” said Lea McCullough of the Washington Oil Marketers Association. “This coalition intends to work with the lawmakers as they move forward to implement these policies to ensure the interests of businesses and consumers are represented.”

A LCFS requires reduction in the carbon intensity (CI) of conventional transportation fuels – gasoline and diesel – as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Coalition members are deeply committed to pursuing workable and cost-effective strategies to address greenhouse gases, but believe that a LCFS could lead to fuel supply disruptions and market volatility that would negatively impact Washington families and businesses.

“We are an on-demand industry; our members operate tens of thousands of trucks, and buy millions of gallons of diesel fuel each year,” according to Sheri Call, executive vice president of the Washington Trucking Associations. “Just like everyone else, we in the trucking industry want to work and live in clean and healthy environment. Our concern with a mandated LCFS has been, and remains cost.”

Mary Catherine McAleer, Government Affairs Director for the Association of Washington Business, added, “At a time when job creation and economic growth should be Olympia’s top priority, the state needs to be very careful in considering new regulations to address climate change. Experience elsewhere – especially in California – shows that LCFS regulations could drive up fuel costs and be difficult, if not impossible, to comply with. This could adversely impact the state’s economy, jobs and fuel markets.”

Affordable Fuel Washington members include: Association of Washington Business, National Federation of Independent Businesses – Washington, Northwest Food Processors Association, Washington Farm Bureau, Washington Oil Marketers Association, Washington Trucking Associations, and Western States Petroleum Association.