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Feb 17, 2015

Ag groups ask lawmakers to head off Inslee-ordered carbon cut


OLYMPIA, Wash. — A cattlemen’s group and food processors’ association Monday backed a bill to block Gov. Jay Inslee from ordering transportation fuel companies to reduce their carbon output.

House Bill 1881 would prohibit Inslee from setting a low carbon fuel standard by executive order, a power the governor’s office says he has under the state’s Clean Air Act.

http://www.capitalpress.com/Washington/20150217/ag-groups-ask-lawmakers-to-head-off-inslee-ordered-carbon-cut

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California
  • Dec. 1, 2014 $3.05
  • This Week $2.99
Avg. Price per gallon of gasoline
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Prior to CA Fuel Standard:

Californians paid $0.27 more per gallon than the national average

(December 1, 2014)
Under CA fuel standard:

Californians now pay an average of $0.67 MORE per gallon than the national average
National
  • Dec. 1, 2014 $2.78
  • This Week $2.32
Avg. Price per gallon of gasoline
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Unlike the rest of the country, including Washington State, California has not benefitted nearly as much from the recent drop in gasoline prices.

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Washington
  • Dec. 1, 2014 $3.02
  • This Week $2.58
Avg. Price per gallon of gasoline
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Prior to CA Fuel Standard:

Washingtonians paid $0.03 less per gallon than Californians

(December 1, 2014)
Without a fuel standard:

Washingtonians now pay an average of $0.41 LESS per gallon than Californians

Governor Inslee and his supporters can call it whatever they want, but for the rest of us a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) is nothing more than a costly hidden gas tax. And imposing hidden taxes of this magnitude, along with other more visible fuel taxes also being considered by legislators, would easily make our state one of the highest taxing states with respect to fuel. That means every Washington State consumer, family, small business, farmer and local government will be paying the price. That’s not good for family budgets, job creation or economic growth.

Governor Inslee and many legislators in Olympia are now pushing a massive, costly agenda similar to California’s emissions reduction program. And we’ll likely see the same results: anemic job creation, businesses fleeing the state and higher costs for fuel and other goods and services. Worse yet, the benefits are few and hard to quantify in terms of what environmental improvements, if any, Washingtonians will see as a result of higher costs they will be forced to pay at the pump and elsewhere.

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