Dent: We Need To Hold The Line On Low Carbon Initiatives

Lawmakers in Olympia continue to discuss the idea of low carbon legislation.  One of those proposals in the House looks at increasing the state gasoline tax by 57 cents a gallon, while increasing the tax on diesel sold in Washington by 63 cents per gallon.  Moses Lake Representative Tom Dent is very critical of the idea of low carbon legislation.  He said these proposals will hurt the state’s farming industry, so it’s important that Ag country push back against the idea.


“As a producer myself, you’re going to saddle me with, for my tractor 63 cents a gallon more for fuel, and I have to figure this out.  Right now, some of our commodity prices are pretty low, the price of cows is low, calves is low, the price of hay is way down there.  And you know, farmers and ranchers, we’re price takers, we’re not price setters, so we take the price that we get.”


Dent noted it won’t just have a negative impact on farmers, but all rural Washingtonians.  He said his District, the 13th, is one of the largest in the state, so no mater where you need to go, you’ll be behind the wheel.


“It’s a long way to services, it’s a long way to town, it’s a long way to the grocery store, it’s a long way to the gas station, so all of those things come into effect.  And they’re going to increase that on us?”


Dent said farmers are passionate about what they do, and want to continue to produce the finest and safest foods out there.  But he noted proposals such as this will make it more and more difficult to farm in Washington.




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  1. There’s an alternative that industry should be promoting, ‘Refrigeration Management.’ The current thought in government is that carbon dioxide is the primary cause of global warming, but they ignore many others. Research is pointing at a different culprit – older CFC-11/12s and HCFC-22/23s that were banned under the Montreal Protocol, but still being illegally produced by China (and India), and these CFCs are leaking from old and discarded A/C units and other refrigeration.

    My suggestion is for the press to give focus to an alternative problem and solution, and diminish the focus from agriculture and other production industries. Educate the politicians and redirect their angst toward a US led international effort to stop China from cheating, and to properly eradicate the CFCs.

    In 2018, nonprofit research group Drawdown released a list of 100 solutions for climate change, each one ranked according to their potential impacts. The one that topped its list was refrigerant management. The group believes proper disposal of old refrigerants, instead of just allowing them to leak into the air, would help prevent as much as 90 gigatons of carbon dioxide from getting to the atmosphere. This is equivalent to more than 17 years’ worth of CO2 emissions in the United States.
    Chad Frishmann, research director at Drawdown, considers the move as an “incredibly important solution” for climate change.
    In an article by the National Geographic, CFCs can be disposed of by incinerating them in specially designed kilns. This would allow the harmful chlorine atoms within the compounds to be broken down and turned into a benign mixture. To help promote the proper disposal of CFCs, some organizations have devised ways on how to turn the venture into something profitable.”

    Here are some references:

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