Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA)

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Sacramento, United States
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Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) has an extensive record of lobbying against climate-motivated policy designed to regulate or increase the cost of releasing GHG emissions or support alternatives to fossil fuels in transportation or electricity production. On transportation, in 2018 WSPA responded to a new proposal to achieve 100% zero-emission vehicles in California by 2040 (AB 1745) with clear opposition, arguing that ZEV standards will undermine peoples' lifestyles and finances. It similarly opposed the Oregon Clean Fuels Program from 2015 to 2018, when it argued for its complete removal. This follows a campaign against provision in California’s bill SB 350 to reduce California’s petroleum usage by 50% by 2030 - a campaign which in 2015 involved fake-citizen-lead methods. WSPA applauded the policy’s eventual removal. In 2015, the group advocated against SB 350’s 50% renewable energy and energy efficiency targets. WSPA also actively opposed GHG emissions reduction targets in SB 32 and has consistently rejected GHG emissions standards for hydrocarbon refining facilities in California, taking legal action against local measures in 2016. WSPA opposed California’s cap and trade scheme throughout 2014-16; however, by 2017 its position had switched to supporting an extension of the emissions trading program with the exception that provisions be included to prevent California from regulating GHG emissions at refineries through other measures, with evidence suggesting a successful amendment introduced in the final bill was at WSPA’s behest. Throughout 2018, WSPA has heavily engaged with Californian policymakers to oppose measures that would increase the cap and trade system's stringency going forward. The WSPA rebranded in June 2018 as an “inclusive” supporter of “common goals” and “socially, economically, and environmentally responsible” policies. However, they do not appear to have changed their lobbying behaviour to date. In 2018, WSPA ran a successful campaign 'No on 1631' against the introduction of a carbon tax in Washington State. The proposal was voted down in November 2018.

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Climate Science Transparency NS NS NA NS NS 0 NA NA
Climate Science Stance -1 -1 NA NS NS -1 NA NA
Need for Climate Regulation -1 NS NA NS NS -1 NA NA
UN Treaty Support NS NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
Transparency on Legislation 1 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax -2 NS NA NS -1 -1 NA NA
Emissions Trading 0 0 NA -1 0 0 NA NA
Energy Efficiency Standards NS -2 NA NS -2 -2 NA NA
Renewable Energy Legislation -1 -1 NA NS -1 -1 NA NA
Energy Policy and Mix -1 -1 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
GHG Emission Standards 0 -2 NA NS -2 -1 NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships 0 NS NA NA NA NA NA NA
Climate Lobbying Governance NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS