Washington needs more clean fuels
March 4, 2019

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!  

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Joëlle Robinson

Field Director, Climate Solutions

Joëlle engages citizens and diverse constituencies—faith, health, veteran, youth, parents, sportsmen, business—to make their voices heard for climate solutions. She led local field work collaboration with our partners toward passing a federal climate bill, and is currently working to ensure we stop any coal export from the U.S. West Coast.

Joëlle was the Regional Outreach Coordinator of National Wildlife Federation where she focused on mobilizing hunters, anglers and concerned citizens around solutions to global warming. Previous work with Climate Solutions includes the NW Climate Connections partnership, serving as the Field Assistant for the successful Clean Cars campaign, and Field Director of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which passed in April 2006.

She is a board member of Earth Ministry and on the Advisory Board for the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative. She previously served on the Solar Washington board and Sierra Club Executive Committee.

Joëlle is a Northwest native who loves to hike, bike, dance, paraglide, and travel. Her favorite quote is “Hope is borne of participating in hopeful solutions.” — Marianne Williamson.

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