Clean Fuel Benefits
By reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 20% by 2035, Washingtonians stand to gain a host of benefits.
Better Forest Protection
Climate change is making forest wildfires more severe. Warmer winters mean less snowpack and drier summers.
Since passing their clean fuel standards, California and Oregon have reduced almost 70 million tons of CO2, the equivalent of removing carbon emissions from 21% of all vehicles in the United States.
As a result, California’s demand for oil has dropped by nearly 17 billion gallons.
Healthier Air No Matter Where You Live
Good health depends on clean air, which is why Physicians for Social Responsibility support a clean fuel standard.
The Puget Sound Air Quality Authority says we could see a 26% improvement by 2030, which is especially important for low-income and minority communities in our state who suffer the disproportionate health impacts from being clustered near airports and roadways with heavy traffic.
The reduction in California’s respiratory diseases since they passed a clean fuel standard has resulted in over $2 billion in health care savings.
Good Paying Jobs
Washington has enough forest waste to produce 400 million gallons of renewable diesel and jet fuel. That will produce over 2,000 family-wage jobs in rural, timber communities and $650 million in revenue, according to WSU and NW Renewables Alliance.
The economy will continue to grow with a Clean Fuel Standard. Studies show no reduction in regional economic growth, and the region’s savings from switching to clean fuels would offset the costs.
Since California instituted a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), they’ve had nine straight years of economic growth and job creation, $3.4 billion in investment in bio-refineries, low carbon fuels and clean transportation technology.
And gas prices are 40¢ per gallon less than when the program started because big oil companies no longer have a monopoly on gas and diesel.