Oregon Issues

Oregonians depend on the petroleum industry for affordable fuel to get to work, school, and leisure activities, running companies and supporting the state economy. Refineries in Washington and Northern California deliver gasoline and diesel to Oregon by through pipelines, tanker trucks, ships and barges.

The Western States Petroleum Association works with legislators to focus on sound public policies that protect and provide affordable fuel resources for Oregon consumers and businesses. 

Carbon Policy

WSPA and its members support market-based mechanisms such as cap-and-trade as the most effective way to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Oregon. Command and control approaches like the low carbon fuel standards outlined in Oregon’s Clean Fuel Program do not really help the overall goals and tend to put major burdens on consumers and local economies.

Our members favor legislative proposals that set carbon emission limits and provide a market for trading carbon credits. We urge Oregon legislators to identify and support the most cost effective cap and trade program, minimizing higher transportation fuel costs for Oregonians.

Low Carbon Fuel Standard

WSPA seeks to mitigate state legislation and regulations that impose unreasonable and costly mandates and burdens on our industry, businesses, consumers and the economy. We work closely with legislators in Oregon to facilitate new provisions for cost management and containments regarding compliance with the Department of Environmental Quality’s low carbon fuel standard standards.

Safe and efficient fuel transportation

WSPA supports rail transportation as the most effective means of transporting fuel across Oregon.

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