Washington state nixes Low Carbon Fuel Standard via transport bill “poison pill”

July 3, 2015 |

In Washington state, state lawmakers passed a $15B transportation package by a 27-22 vote that includes a provision that “effectively prohibits a Clean Fuel Standard for Washington state,” according to the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition. The bill now proceeds to the Governor for his signature, which is expected. The “poison pill” provision in the bill diverts money from special transportation needs such as rural transportation assistance, walking and biking programs and van pools, if the Washington state Governor, Jay Inslee, issues an executive order establishing a Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The GOP contends that such a standard would increase gas prices — after the GOP voted en bloc to raise gasoline taxes and transportation fees in the bill.

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