Oregonian got it right on useless ‘clean fuels’ bill

Jeff Kruse

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg)

At the beginning of this Session legislative leadership set up a workgroup to put together a transportation package for the state. I was a member of that group and we met for about two months and we were making some very good progress. I had told both the Speaker and President before the workgroup started I would support a package including a six cent gas tax increase over six years, but only if the low carbon fuel standards bill (LCFS) was taken off the table. I told them I could support the increase if it was going to roads, but not if we were going to do an additional gas tax going to things other than roads.

When LCFS passed the workgroup ended, and we are now stuck in a situation we did not have to be in, except for the majority parties symbolic environmental agenda.

The Oregonian had an editorial on the subject last week that I thought really put the issue in proper perspective:

In March, Gov. Kate Brown signed the 2015 Legislature’s worst bill, SB324, a politically costly measure that resurrected an environmentally useless program. The governor has since been working to undo the inevitable consequences of that decision. She certainly deserves credit for trying. But to succeed, she’ll need support from the very lawmakers who were steamrolled this year by the environmental left’s “clean fuels” juggernaut.

Click here to read the rest of The Oregonian Editorial Board: Gov. Kate Brown’s ‘clean fuels’ albatross: Editorial Agenda 2015

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  • Bob Clark

    More ethanol in the fuel tank, one of the outcomes of the LCFS, means more stops at the gasoline station for most everybody (ethanol having two-thirds the energy content of the equivalent volume of clear gasoline). More ethanol in the fuel tank can and does lead to more fuel line problems, with even the Environmental Protection Agency having so far stalled against raising ethanol content beyond 10%.

    If the Demwits want a way of funding money losing renewable energy projects, then they should try placing a tax on fossil fuel exports; something that has been proposed by none other than the City of Portland Sustainability Bureau and at least one prominent local economist.

    One possible amendment to the LCFS would be to alter its trigger for suspension such that if Oregon’s average retail gasoline price is more than ten cents above the national average for a rolling twelve month period on (both averaged over the 12 months), then LCFS is suspended for twelve months. Right now the LCFS suspension trigger is convoluted based on the administering bureaucrats review which can be easily fudged.

  • Mary

    I love ethanol as it keeps the poor from getting enough corn, which makes them fat.

  • Jack Lord God

    You have to have the logic capability of a hammer or the Oregon Country Fair board to think the low carbon fuel standard makes any sense whatsoever. The fact that the Oregonian spotted the obvious is fairly remarkable. They should be congratulated. However, let’s face it, the fact that this thing passed at all does indicate we are something of a state composed of idiots.

  • Hubert

    Dirty fuel is bad for everyone. Clean fuel is good for everyone. I see this as a win-win.

    • guest

      Know! Go to wipe your crotchety take and forward it ass a d’ohnation to the Clintoon foundation.

  • Ron Swaren

    Gas revenue declining. Road cost rising. Time for the National Laboratories to research some breakthroughs to bring costs—at least long term ones— down. Nero would rather fiddle away, though.

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