Lobbyists Gonna Lobby: Oregonians Support Cleaner Fuel

oil pumpingEfforts by oil industry lobbyists to overturn new laws requiring less carbon in fuel have halted, at least for the time being.

Ever since Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard was re-approved by lawmakers last year, oil lobbyists and Republican representatives have been wary about a potential cost increase of gas at the pump—an almost inevitable consequence of the time and energy it takes to cut fuel emissions in petroleum used to power vehicles. According to a report released last month by Northwest Public Radio, state analysts have predicted an increase at the pump of 4 to 19 cents per gallon over the next 10 years.

The campaigns of the Renew Oregon association, along with those of similar environmental groups—working opposite conservative oil lobbyists to facilitate Oregon’s independence from energy that creates greenhouse gas emissions—are responsible for helping to urge Oregon lawmakers to pass measures that would minimize the amount of carbon present in fuel.

After learning about the unavoidable gas price increase, Republicans and oil lobbyists alike quickly tried to overturn the new clean-fuel laws by pushing three ballot measures created to diminish new environmental codes. One of the measures was aimed directly at the low-carbon fuel standard that took effect in January of this year.

Unfortunately for oil distributors, the oil industry lobbyists have decided to back off on overturning any of the new laws until 2017, when debate surrounding a provisional transportation funding plan, dependent upon a repeal of the new fuel standard, will be brought up again for the Oregon Legislature.

The reason for the withdrawal of the three new ballot measures is obvious to Renew Oregon campaign director Thomas Wheatley. “It’s been clear all along Oregonians support this clean air protection,” he stated in a recent press release.

In polls, a majority of Oregon voters were found to support the original clean air laws, and didn’t see a reason to repeal any present rules.

By Kiki Genoa