Big oil is at it again, casting their long shadow over Washington State politics, and stoking fear to protect their market monopoly over our energy economy. This time, they’re taking aim at the cleaner, low-carbon fuels which would protect the climate, clean our air, and encourage economic development in our state.
Washington needs more—not fewer—clean choices when it comes to fuels. Tell your legislators that Washington needs a Clean Fuel Standard like the rest of the West Coast.
Last fall, big oil’s record-spending opposition to I-1631 was the main obstacle to passing what would have been a landmark step in our efforts to curb climate change. But we have another chance right now to accelerate our transition away from dependence on fossil fuels.
A Clean Fuel Standard will improve our air quality by reducing the carbon intensity of fuels in Washington by 20%, and it will expand transportation electrification. It will also create more homegrown jobs, supporting Washington-based production of clean, low-carbon fuels. (Biofuels with a high carbon footprint based on a lifecycle analysis—like fuels derived from palm oil, or turning forests into cornfields—won't be incentivized.)
We like to think of Washington as a climate-leadership state, but in clean fuels, we’re getting left behind. Oregon, California and British Columbia already benefit from their own clean fuel standards, after going up against the oil industry and winning. Every gallon of fuel there is cleaner as a result... and the air is healthier to breathe. Washington deserves those benefits too.
That’s why, as part of a set of bold solutions this legislative session, Climate Solutions is supporting HB1110, along with the American Lung Association, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, as well as Washington utilities and businesses.
Your voice matters in Washington saying YES to clean fuels. Legislators are hearing from the oil industry and their allies right now. We need to call on our elected leaders to do what’s right for Washington and our climate—not what’s good for big oil. They may have bought an outcome on the ballot—let's not let them do it again in Olympia.
Bottom line, we know from all our hard work together on I-1631 that if the oil industry hates it, it must be a good thing!