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.