New fuel standards bill passes State House vote

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State of Washington capitol building, Olympia.

OLYMPIA,WA-Washington State is closer to setting new vehicle  fuel standards to address climate change with action taken by the House of Representatives

Following an emotional floor debate the House passed a measure that would require fuel producers and importers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with gasoline and other transportation fuels. The bill directs the Department of Ecology to adopt a clean fuel standards similar to ones in California and Oregon. Supporters argue it’s badly needed. . .

The fuel standards measure would require fuel producers to reduce the carbon emissions associated with their products 10 percent below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20 percent below 2017 levels by 2035. Opponents argue that poor forest management is a bigger risk to the environment.

The fuel standards bill passed on a 53-43 vote Friday night and now heads to the Senate for consideration. The program would begin by January 1st, 2021.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.