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ATA Joins Suit Against Oregon's Clean Fuels Program

March 23, 2015

The American Trucking Associations has joined a lawsuit against the state of Oregon to block the state’s low carbon fuel standards.  ATA joins the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers and the Consumer energy Alliance in the suit.

ATA is against the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, which it says unfairly benefits Oregon’s biofuels industry and harms out of state refiners and producers. The program will regulate the entire carbon lifecycle of fuel sold in the state. ATA contends that would be in violation of the Commerce Clause.

"The Oregon program is set up to give a big boost to Oregon's small biofuel industry, without reducing net greenhouse gas emissions, and at the expense of higher fuel costs for everyone," said ATA vice president for Energy and Environmental Affairs Glen Kedzie. "Unfortunately for Oregon, the Constitution doesn't allow states to set up these kinds of trade barriers in order to promote in-state businesses, nor does it allow Oregon to regulate how fuel is produced in other states."

ATA said that Oregon’s new standard would raise fuel prices and do nothing to help reduce overall greenhouse gases.  The complaint has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

On March 12, 2015, Oregon Governor Kate Bush signed SB 324, which allowed the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to move forward with implementing the Clean Fuels Program.

"Just as trucking is the lifeblood of our economy, for the foreseeable future, diesel fuel is the lifeblood of the trucking industry," said Bill Graves, ATA president and CEO. "Anything that unnecessarily raises the cost of fuel will not just hurt the trucking industry, but will also hurt consumers everywhere in the form of higher prices for food, clothing and other consumer goods."


  1. 1. Dennis [ March 24, 2015 @ 09:30AM ]

    It would be nice if a reporter would verify their "facts" before writing an article. The Governor of Oregon is Kate Brown not Kate Bush!
    As for the contention that Oregon can't pass laws that require out of state companies to change their process is wrong. California passes rules that make the whole nation change in a regular basis. We may not like it but the president has already been set.

  2. 2. irene gilbert [ March 24, 2015 @ 05:01PM ]

    I certainly hope this lawsuit is successful. It is sad that the supposed leaders of this state think they can keep squeezing money out of the citizens to support their pet projects. Guess what, fees, unfunded or funded regulations, grants, low interest loans, taxes, tax credits and all the other terms you use all amount to the same thing. If they increase the costs for Oregonians to live and do the things they do, they are all TAXES so far as we are concerned! None of the democrats running this state appear to have any respect for those of us footing the bill. If they did, every bill would have a cost/benefit analysis attached and if it didn't produce benefits that were greater than the costs in terms of cash, resource damages, increased costs for goods, etc., it would go into the round file. Every bill that directly or indirectly costs citizens should have to prove it is producing what it has promised at least every 3 or 4 years. Why isn't someone adding up the money we are spending and the environmental damages being inflicted on the state (not just some pie in the sky unproven benefits that are being touted ) on the multiple "renewable energy" programs and finding out exactly what we are getting for our money and what the total cost really is? Oregon currently has more programs supporting "renewable energy" than any other state in the union according to the US Department of Energy and after the current legislative session, we can add a bunch more to the list. No wonder Oregon came out dead last as a recommended place to retire when one of the factors considered was the costs of taxes and fees. I guess we should all be expecting the rest of the country to strive to meet that goal also as w


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