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New “Clean Fuels Now” Coalition
OEC and a diverse group of Oregonians have formed Clean Fuels Now to support strong implementation of the state's Clean Fuels Program.
Portland, OR—In support of homegrown clean fuels and a vibrant sustainable economy, a diverse group of Oregonians have formed Clean Fuels Now. The coalition includes clean fuels manufacturers and fleets using clean fuels, innovative businesses, health and environmental advocates. Clean Fuels Now seeks a strong implementation of Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program, and applauds the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission for their expected adoption of phase 1 of the Program this afternoon.
Clean Fuels Now (cleanfuelsnow.com) partners support a transition to cleaner, homegrown fuels for the benefit of Oregon's economy and environment. An independent economic analysis determined that a strong Oregon Clean Fuels Program could:
- Save Oregonians as much as $1.6 billion in fuel costs
- Create between 800 and 29,000 jobs in a wide range of industries, including construction
- Increase Gross State Product by as much as $2.1 billion, creating opportunities to invest in locally produced fuels
Currently, Oregon sends $6 billion out of state on imported oil and gasoline. By supporting locally produced clean fuels, such as sustainable biofuels, electricity, natural gas and propane, the Clean Fuels Program would keep part of this money in-state while reducing Oregonians’ dependence on volatile oil markets. Many of these cleaner fuels are also more affordable, such as propane, which currently costs 50% less than conventional diesel.
“In addition to ZeaChem's demonstration biorefinery in Boardman, we are preparing to build our first commercial biorefinery in Oregon utilizing locally available biomass resources,” says Jim Imbler, President and CEO of ZeaChem. “ZeaChem's fuels and chemicals will be economically competitive with fossil fuels. Full implementation of the Clean Fuels Program creates an investment friendly environment for our business to grow.”
“We strongly support the Clean Fuels Program,” says Gavin Carpenter of SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel. “Adoption of phase 1 is a step in the right direction, but without full implementation, the program will not create jobs or build our economy. I urge all Oregonians to join us in supporting the Clean Fuels Program and expanding the production of cleaner, less expensive fuels.”
“This Program will create jobs, preserve the Oregon environment and enable Oregonians to drive what are quickly being recognized as the best cars on the market, including Motor Trend and Automobile Magazine's cars of the year. The Oregon Clean Fuels legislation will enable EV drivers in Oregon to benefit from the savings and economic benefits promoted by the program,” says Richard Lowenthal, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, ChargePoint.
“In the wake of wildfires in the Northwest and more recently Super Storm Sandy, we need concerted action to address climate change for the well-being of Oregon’s citizen today as well as into the future,” says Ashley Henry, Business Partnerships Manager for Climate Solutions. “The Clean Fuels Program is a common sense way to break Big Oil’s monopoly and transition to cleaner fuels.”
Clean Fuels Now partners also include Schwan’s, Northwoods Nursery, Ceres, Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Alliance AutoGas, Clean Energy Fuels, GreenWood Resources, Main Street Alliance, Environmental Entrepreneurs, and Pacific Ethanol, among many others. For the full list, please visit cleanfuelsnow.com. The site, which is managed by Oregon Environmental Council, includes information and links where businesses and Oregonians can learn more about the Clean Fuels Program and send legislators letters of support.
Clean Fuels Now brings together businesses and other forward-thinking Oregonians who support a transition to cleaner, homegrown fuels for the benefit of Oregon's economy and environment. cleanfuelsnow.com