Clean fuel standard needed to reduce carbon emissions

We need a clean fuel standard now. Critical time for combating climate change is slipping away. A recent report from the United Nations clearly sets forth the scientific consensus regarding the need for immediate, transformative, action.

After decades of study, scientists have determined we have only 10 years remaining to drastically reduce carbon emissions and to minimize the release of other global warming emissions such as those from natural gas and methane. We must cut to net zero by 2045. This is a true emergency, yet it has come upon us gradually making it very hard to feel the urgency. But, we must try.

Air pollution from vehicles on our roads is the No. 1 cause of carbon pollution in Washington state. Washington is the only West Coast state without a clean fuel standard. Within the past year, Washington committed to production and use of 100 percent clean electricity by 2040. But, carbon pollution from the generation of electricity in Washington is less than half of that from vehicle use. It is urgent that we create a cleaner transportation system now to protect our climate while maintaining mobility. That system must include cleaner fuels, more transit and fewer cars on our roads. Clean air and less congestion; what’s not to love?

Support 100 percent clean fuels by writing to your legislators and to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency today!

Lynn Lichtenberg

Everett

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