Black Friday is notorious as a day for shopping sprees. Many Americans will deal with huge crowds and go the extra mile in order to save money and score deals. But, how much will going the extra mile actually save your pocket book by this time next year if Jay Inslee gets his way and forces a fuel mandate on Washingtonians?
Inslee’s go-to response when asked how his fuel mandate will impact gas prices is to insist that he has yet to develop—or present—an actual plan. Yet, his own administration’s internal emails show that he has been working behind the scenes with extreme environmentalists on specific plans for over a year. Yet, he urges patience, often saying something along the lines of “let’s wait and see.” Yet, we don’t have to “wait and see.” We already know.
Inslee’s fuel mandate promises to reach in the pocketbook of every working family, draining daily budgets. Inslee’s own consultant projected that his fuel mandate could essentially result in a $1.17 per gallon gas tax. Though Inslee denies this figure—going so far as to have his consultant take back his words—energy experts have confirmed the accuracy of the $1-plus gas tax estimate.
Unfortunately, that’s not all Washington’s taxpayers have to worry about. State budget writers have predicted that reaching Inslee’s defined carbon reduction goal “would add an additional $1.47 to the cost of a gallon of gasoline in 2035, and cause a substantial price increase in natural gas.” The costs extend far beyond gas prices to heating homes and purchasing consumer goods.
Inslee is determined to pursue his extreme plan to combat global warming regardless of the burden on working families. He has ignored scientific evidence which debunks the very claim he bases his fuel mandate on. Though he placed his extreme policies on the 2014 ballot, Inslee has refused to recognize voters’ message of rejection. He has made it clear that he considers an executive order a valid means to achieve his ends— going around the elected legislature to jam through a fuel mandate that will do virtually nothing to impact global carbon emissions.
Find out how much damage Inslee’s policies will inflict on your budget here. And keep that in mind when you’re tallying up your Black Friday savings, as Inslee’s coming after that spare cash.
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