we’ll decide whether to invest in clean fuels here at home, guaranteeing economic vitality and providing important benefits to residents of Oregon. Allowing the program to expire will break a promise to clean fuel producers and send the signal that Oregon is closed for business. By removing the 2015 sunset date, we’ll protect jobs for Oregonians
As the Clean Fuels Program nears its sunset in 2015,
The Oregon Legislature must make a critical choice.
throughout the state and continue to
FOR THE ECONOMY Clean fuels are helping to diversify and grow our state’s economy. Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program keeps money in the state by creating jobs in construction, manufacturing, and agriculture. The program could create as many as 29,000 jobs* and save up to $1.6 billion in fuel costs for consumers and businesses. Why send money to oil companies by importing gas and diesel when we can manufacture clean fuel here at home and put Oregon back to work?
“Working in the lab testing our next batch of renewable fuels can be hard work, but I’m proud to be part of a homegrown, clean fuels industry in Oregon.” – Mafe Abercrombie, Pacific Ethanol Columbia
fuel Oregon’s economic recovery.
FOR CONSUMERS Clean fuels cost less than oil, protecting Oregonians from the inevitable price increases and spikes associated with oil. Making more fuel options available stabilizes volatility in fuel prices and provides more choice for consumers and businesses. This creates demand for local fuel production and infrastructure. The Oregon Clean Fuels Program includes measures to protect consumers in the unlikely event fuel prices rise relative to neighboring states.
“Having alternative fuels matters. It’s a cost thing. I’d rather spend it here at home than on the defense budget. I wish we were more energy independent.”
– Gary Frederickson, Oregon Hay Products
FOR OUR HEALTH Clean fuels reduce greenhouse gases and other air pollutants, the cause of dozens of health problems such as asthma, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. These health problems disproportionately affect children, the elderly, low-income communities, and communities of color. They also take people out of the workforce and run up health care expenses, with asthma alone costing Oregon millions in hospital visits.
“The oil industry claims it is too expensive to clean up their act. My response is that we can’t afford not to – cleaner fuels are essential for public health and healthy lungs.” – Carrie Nyssen, American Lung Association
HOW THE CLEAN FUELS PROGRAM WORKS The Clean Fuels Program requires oil companies to gradually reduce carbon pollution from their gasoline and diesel fuel by 10% over ten years. The Program is technology-neutral. Oil companies will either blend low-carbon biofuels or purchase credits that support electric vehicles, natural gas, propane, and other clean fuels. The Clean Fuels Program regulates large importers of transportation fuels, primarily oil companies. It does not regulate the public, and it does not regulate gas stations and other Oregon small businesses. Oregonians will have more access to a variety of fuels as a result of the Clean Fuels Program, creating a more diverse, affordable, healthy, and stable fuel mix.
OREGON AVERAGE FUEL PRICE October 16, 2013
Gasoline (w/ E10)
Alternative fuels, including B99 and B20, were at price parity or cheaper than gasoline and diesel 72.22% of the time during this survey. Source: Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition
CHANGING FUELS LANDSCAPE Electric Vehicles - Electricity is being used to power all electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and even motorcycles. Oregon’s EV industry is growing fast, and Oregon innovators are leading the way finding new solutions that offer significant energy security and emissions benefits. Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from plant materials. The use of ethanol is widespread— almost all gasoline in Oregon contains 10% ethanol, and it is being produced in Oregon. Ethanol is also available as E85—a high-level blend—for use in flexible fuel vehicles. Biodiesel is an Oregon-produced, renewable fuel that can be manufactured from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant grease for use in diesel vehicles. Biodiesel’s physical properties are similar to those of petroleum diesel, but it is a cleaner-burning alternative. Natural Gas is a domestically produced gaseous fuel. It is a clean-burning alternative fuel that can be used in vehicles as either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG). Propane has been used worldwide as a vehicle fuel for decades. Converting vehicle fleets to propane offers fuel cost savings, reduced emissions, and reduced dependence on foreign oil.
WHAT’S AT STAKE Oil companies are creating confusion and uncertainty around the Clean Fuels Program in an attempt to kill it in 2015. Without this program, Oregon clean fuel companies can’t make necessary investments and will lose a consistent regulatory environment. Ending the Clean Fuels Program puts investment, jobs, and Oregon communities at risk. Why ship revenue and jobs out of state when we can support homegrown business and entrepreneurs that are leading the way with clean fuels? The Legislature must act to protect Oregon jobs and our economic recovery.
For more information, visit www.cleanfuelswork.com *According to the Economic Impact Analysis of the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Rule for the State of Oregon prepared by Jack Faucett Associates, Inc.
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