Climate change is a challenge that knows no borders. Given that transportation is the single largest contributor to carbon emissions in our state, a carbon based policy reform for our fuel market is a key component for the long term prosperity of Washington State.
By following the example set by California and British Columbia, Washington State is in an excellent position to launch a policy built on the successes and the lessons learned by our coastal neighbors. The Clean Fuel Standard Discussion Document that is being circulated by the Department of Ecology is a fantastic starting point for Washington State’s lawmakers.
Whole Energy applauds the precedent set by Inslee administration. Governor Inslee’s longstanding support of environmental stewardship is a testament to the administration’s commitment to combating climate change.
The discussion document sketches the outline of a clean fuel standard in our state. Modest regulations on our state’s largest emitters will help to quantify the damages these firms and their products inflict on our region and draft a clear plan of action toward compliance.
Despite the fact that at this time the document omits the inclusion of the severe land use change effects associated with the various methods of petroleum extraction and refining, we here at Whole Energy recognize the document as a step in the right direction.
The development of a Clean Fuel Standard promotes domestic energy independence and encourages innovation in green technologies now and into the future. Cap and trade systems reward members of industry that are willing to act socially responsible and penalize those firms that would choose to pollute beyond their justifiable share.
The proposed Fuel Standard is a dynamic market based system where participants will be able to make their own choices and reap their own fates. It’s a system where individuals whose actions adversely affect the quality of the world our children and grand children will inherit, must fund their own indiscretions.
For more information about the Department of Ecology’s proposed rule making, visit the discussion document linked here.