Washington Legislature considers clean fuels standard

Release Date
January 8, 2018

Washington is the last west coast jurisdiction without a clean fuels standard.

The House Technology and Economic Development Committee will hold a hearing on clean fuels (HB 2338) at 1:30pm, Tuesday, January 9th, in hearing room B of the O'Brien building at the State Capitol in Olympia.

Transportation fuels are responsible for nearly half of our climate and air pollution in Washington.

On the same day that Governor Inslee will lay out his carbon pricing pollution policy in his State of the State address, the House TED committee will hold a hearing on another needed climate solution in addition to pricing pollution:  clean fuels.   A 10% reduction would cut approximately three million tons of carbon dioxide in Washington, and the state could choose to go even further.

HB 2338 would:

  • Require refineries to clean up their fuels by reducing the carbon intensity of their fuels
  • Refineries can comply by blending biofuels, purchasing credits from utilities and others that sell electricity for EVs, reducing emissions associated with refining, and other ways

California, Oregon and British Columbia already have successful clean fuels programs, making Washington the last West Coast jurisdiction without one.

Those presenting testimony will include:   

  • Vlad Gutman-Britten – Climate Solutions, Washington Director
  • Cliff Traisman – Lobbyist for Washington Environmental Council, Washington Conservation Voters, Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Gail Gatton – Executive Director, Washington Audubon Society
  • Phil Jones – Board Member, CarbonWA
  • Jessica Zimmerle – Earth Ministry, Program and Outreach Director
  • Rick Hegdahl – Vet Voice Foundation, Program Director
  • Health Professional with Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility