Clean Fuel Benefits
Clean fuel made from forest waste, waste and agriculture could supply nearly half of Washington’s diesel and jet fuel needs.
Less Climate Pollution
Combined, California and Oregon have reduced over 60 million tons of carbon emissions since implementing the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).
Additionally, California has displaced over 15 billion gallons of petroleum based fuel since putting the LCFS in effect in 2011.
Washington had 62 days of poor air quality last year. A Clean Fuel Standard will improve air quality and public health, especially in low-income communities and near major roadways. Less pollution in California has resulted in $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.