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Whatcom leaders ask Inslee to back clean fuel standards

A quick ‘For Your Information’ post for the day.

A slew of city officials from around the state sent an open letter to Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday, Sept. 9, calling for Washington to develop new standards aimed at decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing cleaner fuel options.

In order to reduce emissions, a clean fuels standard would “establish pollution limits for transportation fuels sold in Washington” and require “oil companies to gradually reduce carbon pollution from fuels through market-based, technology-neutral methods,” the letter states.

The letter was penned by the Washington Coalition for Clean Fuels Jobs, which is supported and endorsed by a variety of companies and groups that could stand to gain from the creation of such a standard in the state.

Seven of the 66 signatures came from Whatcom County officials, including Bellingham City Council members Terry Bornemann, Cathy Lehman, Michael Lilliquist, Jack Weiss and Pinky Vargas, as well as Port of Bellingham Commissioner Mike McAuley and Whatcom County Councilman Ken Mann.

Readers can look for follow up on this in the next few days as fellow politics blogger Ralph Schwartz has plans to chat with Mann this week, and I plan to reach out to Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, whose name was notably absent from the list.