Will gasoline and diesel prices increase with a Clean Fuel Standard?

We expect a small increase. Based on what we are seeing in California and Oregon, as well as a Washington State study, we anticipate a maximum increase of approximately 1-2 cents per gallon each year of the program for gasoline and diesel.

Fuel costs typically fluctuate significantly based on the market cost of crude oil. For instance, in a one-year period from October 2017 to October 2018, gas prices in Washington increased over 40 cents per gallon because of the increase in the price of crude on the international market. This cost increase did not provide any added benefits to citizens of our region and does not reflect the costs that petroleum consumption imposes on society in the form of health impacts and climate change. The potential added cost at the gas pump from a Clean Fuel Standard is significantly less and provides meaningful benefits for our citizens, including improving air quality and public health and mitigating climate change.

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1. What is carbon intensity?
2. Will a Clean Fuel Standard really make a difference for climate change? Aren't there other ways to fight climate change?
3. Shouldn't Washington State do this?
4. Are there enough clean fuels available for a Clean Fuel Standard to work?
5. Will gasoline and diesel prices increase with a Clean Fuel Standard?
6. Have fossil fuel costs increased in states that already have a Clean Fuel Standard?
7. The state already collects a tax on fossil fuel. Why should there be more?
8. Will a Clean Fuel Standard improve air quality?
9. Do alternative fuels work in our vehicles as well as regular fossil fuels?
10. What is the carbon footprint of electric cars?
11. Is it more expensive to drive an electric vehicle?
12. Is it difficult to charge an electric vehicle?
13. How would this impact neighboring counties?
14. Are airplanes, trains, and ships included in the Clean Fuel Standard?