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Low Carbon Gas: Break new ground, not our wallets

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on April 16, 2008

The California Air Resources Board is tasked with charting how California improves its already-cleanest gasoline by implementing the State's new Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) -- part of the State's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million to 20 million metric tons by 2020.  There is so much we don't know about the life-cycle impacts of lower carbon alternatives such as bio fuels, hydrogen, clean diesel fuels and others.  Put simply, if these regulations are done poorly and without a full understanding, there will be significant risks to affordable supply, potential loss of actual emission reductions, increases in food costs and other unknown implications.

The biggest threat to getting the LCFS right (as well as all of the other regulations being implemented under California's Climate Change Law) is time constraints.   DEADLINES MUST NOT DICTATE OR RUSH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THESE RULES OR FUEL SELECTIONS.  We're already at the forefront with a California-only climate change law so the uncertainties and questions of such complex regulations should be our sole interest.  The Air Board, with the only real manpower for such an undertaking, must take all the time it needs to understand life cycle impacts from these fuels and allow for corrections once the regulations are made.

Read CMTA President Jack Stewart's LCFS opinion placed in April 12 Sacramento Bee.

Read the AB 32 Implementation Group's LCFS letter to CARB



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