Oil industry withdraws ballot measures

Lobbyists retracted three ballot measures that would have fought clean-fuel laws.

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One of the measures would have scrapped the low-carbon fuel standard — approved by lawmakers in 2015 despite threats from Republicans that it would doom talks over transportation funding.

The other measures would have softened the fuel standard, halving the state’s carbon reduction goal or tweaking its mechanics in ways that benefit fuel distributors. The program calls for cutting emissions by 10 percent over 10 years, a shift that could raise gas prices from four to 19 cents per gallon over the same span. 

Instead, said Paul Romain of the Oregon Fuels Association, foes will ask lawmakers to make changes in 2017 — when Gov. Kate Brown and top legislative leaders are expected to revive transportation talks once again.

(READ MORE: Oregon Live)

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