Poll: A clean sweep for clean fuels
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The overwhelming majority of SBO readers responding to our poll last week disagree with one of Oregon's most-powerful lobbyists on the question of clean fuel standards.
A full 87 percent of the 111 poll respondents back clean fuel rules being floated in Salem this year. Just 13 percent of you either rejected the notion or simply weren't sure where you stand.
Lawmakers are considering lifting a sunset on 2009 legislation intended to encourage new statewide standards. The move could speed Oregon's shift toward enabling more "clean fuel" options, such as locally produced low-carbon models.
Supporters say the move would save businesses money and dramatically improve the environment. Associated Oregon Industries maintains it would boost gas costs, which would hamper economic activity.
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