The Clean Fuels Work coalition supports Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program because it means supporting home-grown jobs and economic impact, fuel choice at the pump, and cleaner air for healthier communities.
One of the greatest perks of diversifying our fuel options is the cost savings for customers and businesses.
Electricity, propane, natural gas are all cleaner options that can be more readily available to Oregonians and Oregon businesses under the Clean Fuels Program. And they are significantly less expensive than gasoline and diesel.
Clean Fuels Program: Costs and Benefits
Oil companies have expressed concerns that implementing Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program may cause gas prices to rise. But gas prices are already rising.
This year alone, gasoline prices increased by 70 cents between February and July:
If oil companies are concerned about consumers’ fuel bills, they should support Oregon’s Clean Fuel Program. Gas prices are already higher than alternative fuel prices, and they suffer from highly volatile swings and price increases. The Clean Fuels Program would simply open the market to more fuel choices — including lower-cost alternatives electricity ($1.00/gallon), natural gas ($2.29/gallon), and propane ($2.50/gallon.)
The truth of the matter is this: What’s going to keep fuel costs down for Oregonians is to have more fuel choice — not limiting us to foreign oil.
In the meantime, Oregon’s Clean Fuel Program offers other, additional valuable benefits to the state. Clean fuels help diversify and grow our state’s economy: Companies like Pacific Ethanol, SeQuential Biodiesel, Brammo, and Blue Star Gas are already creating jobs in Oregon. And independent analysis by Jack Faucett Associates show that the program could created up to 29,000 jobs for construction workers, electricians, biomass suppliers, plant operators, and support staff.
The Clean Fuels Program also cleans our air for healthier communities. Our transportation fuel sector is the largest contributor to carbon pollution, and this pollution and air toxics cause costly health problems like asthma, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. The program will directly reduce pollution and toxins for cleaner air and clean lungs.
Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program means lower fuel costs, consumer choice at the pump, cleaner air, and a stronger economy. Are you ready? Endorse Clean Fuels now.