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January 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Republicans stand by assertions Inslee plans low-carbon fuel standards

GOP Sen. Curtis King on Friday called on Gov. Jay Inslee to “categorically deny” he has plans to unilaterally impose low-carbon fuel standards, and stood by his contention that such a policy would drive up fuel costs.

King, in a tit for tat exchange, was responding to an earlier letter sent by Inslee that accused the senator of “fear mongering” for suggesting the governor had a hidden plan to impose a carbon fuel tax or low carbon fuel standards.

Both sides have been going at this for several weeks now with Republicans arguing the threat of a low carbon fuel standard jeopardizes prospects of crafting a multibillion dollar transportation tax package.

Inslee maintains it’s a false issue and that Republicans had never brought it up until recently, an assertion that King challenges in his letter to the governor.

In any case, House Transportation Chairwoman Judy Clibborn, D-Mercer Island, said negotiations for a tax package are “going slow.” That doesn’t bode well for reaching an agreement in short 60-day session. Nor does the exchange of nasty grams by email.

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