Clean Fuel Standard is State’s Moral Obligation, says Commissioner Franz
February 6, 2020
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz issued the following statement today in support of HB 1110, a measure that will establish a Clean Fuels Program to limit greenhouse gas emissions from Washington’s transportation sector:
“The people of Washington are living with the impacts of a rapidly changing climate. And the Department of Natural Resources is on the frontlines -- from severe droughts to wildfires to ocean acidification.
“The biggest contributor to climate change is greenhouse gasses from cars and trucks. Twelve years ago we pledged to reduce Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by this year. Unfortunately, we’re not close to meeting that goal, and our auto emissions continue to trend upward.
“This clean fuel standard will finally bring our state in line with Oregon, California and British Columbia in doing our part to reduce contributions to the global climate crisis.
“My agency is ready to help build a clean fuel economy by expanding our portfolio of wind and solar farms. This will decarbonize our energy and create new sources of revenue for our schools and rural communities. We are also working to prevent wildfires, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and allow healthy forests to capture more carbon.
“By charting a path away from dirty fuels, we are building a healthier Washington, creating new economic opportunities, and making an explicit commitment to our children’s future.”
A Guardian for Washington’s Public Lands
Elected in 2016, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz protects and manages nearly six million acres of public lands in Washington State – from coastal waters and aquatic reserves, to working forests and farms, to commercial developments and recreation areas. Commissioner Franz is committed to ensuring our public lands are healthy and productive, both today and for future generations.