Oil company profits are to blame for high gas prices
News flash: Fossil fuel companies are taking you for a ride.

Protect climate progress—not oil industry profits.

While Washingtonians are feeling the burden of high gas prices, big oil is playing a blame game—trying to make you believe that high prices are caused by our state's groundbreaking climate protections (as in the deceptive headline pictured above), when in reality they’ve been gratuitously increasing their profit margins.

Send a message to your lawmakers to hold Big Oil accountable!

Washington State is one of the most profitable places in the country to sell fuel. For every gallon of gas you buy at the pump, retailers pocket about $0.85—compared to Alabama, Texas, or South Carolina where their profit is less than $0.10.

Gas profit margins by state

Their pricing structure is intentionally opaque, keeping consumers in the dark about all that goes into gas prices. This makes it easy for big oil to point the finger at climate policies intended to reduce our reliance on the monopoly oil industry, and to continue trying to block climate progress.

That’s why Washington State needs to pass laws requiring pricing transparency and preventing price gouging. Washingtonians shouldn’t have to foot the bill for the oil industry’s greed.

Make your voice heard today.

Author Bio

Joëlle Robinson

Field Director, Climate Solutions

Joëlle engages community members and diverse constituencies—faith, health, youth, parents, business—to make their voices heard for climate solutions. She led the team of organizers to ensure we stopped any coal export from the U.S. West Coast over the past decade. On offense, she co-led the Field team to help pass the 100% Clean Electricity (Clean Energy Transition Act in 2019) and in 2022 collaborated with the Field team to ensure that all new buildings (commercial and residential) will be built with heat pumps per the State Building Code Council. She continues to conspire for good with them on many other local and state initiatives.

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 previously served on the boards of Earth Ministry, Solar Washington, and Sierra Club Executive Committee. She’s currently President of the board of her 3 year-old!

Joëlle is Northwest born and raised who loves to hike, dance, travel and explore the natural world.

Her favorite quote is “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” —  Mary Oliver