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Supporting a Clean Fuel Standard in Washington State

Posted by Brianna Esteves at Apr 23, 2015 12:53 PM |
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Clean fuels are important for cutting carbon pollution, creating new jobs, and reducing our dependence on oil. That’s why BICEP is calling on leaders in Washington State to move forward with implementing a Clean Fuels Standard.
by Brianna Esteves, Associate, Policy Program Ceres Posted on Apr 23, 2015

Clean fuels are important for cutting carbon pollution, creating new jobs, and reducing our dependence on oil. That’s why BICEP is calling on leaders in Washington State to move forward with implementing a Clean Fuels Standard.

Under the leadership of Washington Governor Jay Inslee, the Washington Department of Ecology has recently developed a draft clean fuel standard that would present a gradual, market-based approach to cleaner fuel use throughout the state.  This draft standard comes at a time when a Clean Fuel Standard has become particularly contentious in the state legislature, where threats have recently been made against such legislation. BICEP recognizes that when it comes to transportation, cleaner fuel choices and economic growth do not need to be mutually exclusive.

In a letter addressed to Governor Inslee, BICEP urges Washington’s elected officials to move forward with implementing a Clean Fuels Standard in the state. A clean fuels standard is market-based and business-friendly, and current programs in California and British Columbia show that the standard is not only working but is also good for business. Oregon has also recently moved forward with creating its own Clean Fuels Program—a move that threatens to leave Washington State behind among West Coast peers unless officials move toward adopting a clean fuel standard soon.

In 2008, the Washington State Legislature established a goal to reduce state greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Since the transportation sector in Washington is responsible for almost half of the state’s emissions, a Clean Fuel Standard would be a positive step towards achieving this goal.

To learn more about the Clean Fuels Standard and to read the letter, click here.

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