Oregon Clean Fuels enters next phase: containing costs

By Taylor W. Anderson, The Bulletin.

SALEM — Some of the fiercest opponents of the low-carbon fuel standard in Oregon are no longer looking to pressure the Legislature to gut or repeal the program, which lawmakers rescued last year by removing a 2015 sunset date

After months of political angling that appeared to threaten a transportation package in 2017, some of the law’s harshest critics, representing the fuel companies most affected, say they will look elsewhere to influence the policy. 

Instead, the Oregon Fuels Association will work alongside electric vehicle companies, regulators and a slew of other interest groups on what’s been called Phase 2 of the program, dubbed “Clean Fuels” because it seeks to slightly curb the carbon released from producing and burning gas and diesel and spur the development of electric vehicles.