Clean transportation fuels are essential to addressing climate and air pollution. Burning petroleum in vehicles is Tacoma’s largest source of harmful emissions.
Repeated exposure creates life-crippling lung and heart diseases. It increases the odds of pregnant mothers giving birth to autistic children.
Pollution is acute near Tacoma’s Port and the I-5 corridor, predominantly populated with people of color and lower-income residents who can’t easily afford to take sick days or get health care.
As vice chair of the Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability Committee on the Tacoma City Council, I’m eager to prevent these unacceptable outcomes. Replacing petroleum with clean fuels is key.
One of many ways the Legislature could help accomplish this is by passing House Bill 2338 this year. It would require the petroleum industry to reduce the carbon associated with the fuels they sell by 10 percent over 10 years.
Tacoma Power could put electric vehicle charging stations into service to sell credits to the petroleum industry to help them comply with the standard. Revenue from those sales would go to building more charging stations, creating a positive feedback loop.
For the sake of Tacoma, I hope this legislation passes.
(Ibsen represents District 1 on the Tacoma City Council.)