WHY CLEAN FUELS

Clean Fuels propel Oregon forward

The Clean Fuels Program offers a brighter economic and environmental future for Oregon. By gradually adding homegrown clean fuels like sustainable biofuels, electricity, natural gas and propane into our transportation mix, we will support our local economy, create new jobs, cut carbon pollution and lessen our dependence on Big Oil.

A resilient economy

In the last 10 years, fuel costs for Oregonians have nearly doubled—up to 7% of household income—while oil industry profits have skyrocketed. It’s time for Oregon to break the fuel monopoly by leveling the playing field for local suppliers of cleaner, cheaper fuels. According to an independent economic analysis, Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program could:

  • Save Oregonians as much as $1.6 billion in fuel costs
  • Create between 800 and 29,000 jobs
  • Grow personal income by as much as $2.6 billion
  • Generate as much as $2.1 billion in Gross State Product

How the Clean Fuels Program works

The Clean Fuels Program requires oil companies to reduce carbon pollution from their gasoline and diesel fuel by 10% over ten years. The Program is technology-neutral: it lets oil companies decide which clean technologies to invest in, by either blending low-carbon biofuels or purchasing credits from clean fuel providers.

There are a lot of homegrown clean fuels options, including propane, natural gas, sustainable biofuels, biogas and electricity. Unlike imported gasoline and diesel, many of these clean fuels alternatives are being produced by Oregon businesses—and in most cases, these options are cheaper than gas and diesel. For example, electricity is about 5 times cheaper per mile than gasoline, and Portland Public Schools will save $500,00 to $700,000 per year with their propane-powered school buses.

The Clean Fuels Program regulates large importers of transportation fuels, primarily oil companies. It does not regulate the public, and it does not regulate gas stations and other Oregon small businesses. Oregonians will have more access to a variety of fuels as a result of the Clean Fuels Program, creating a more diverse, affordable and stable fuel mix.

Support Clean Fuels in Oregon

The Clean Fuels Program is currently going through the rulemaking process. But with a looming 2015 “sunset” undermining its effectiveness, legislators need to hear from you that the Clean Fuels Program is the way forward for Oregon.

Take action today and tell your legislator that you support Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program and Senate Bill 488.