SAN FRANCISCO (RPRN) 04/24/09-â€“ The California Air Resources Board overwhelmingly approvedÂ the nationâ€™s first Low Carbon Fuel StandardÂ that will reduceÂ carbon pollutionÂ and provide cleaner air for Californians. The new standard will cover emissions from â€œwell to wheels,” representing theÂ most comprehensive and ambitious program to account for the pollution created by extracting, growing or refining fuels. It will also give CaliforniansÂ new choicesÂ forÂ low carbon fuels, such as advanced biofuels and electricity for plug-in hybrids.
Following is a statement by Roland Hwang, Transportation Program Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council:
â€œCaliforniaâ€™s adoption of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard marks the beginning of the end for dirty fuels and the dawning of cleaner fuels for America. The handwriting is on the wall: Big Oil needs to stop investing in dirty, high carbon fuels andÂ move to produce moreÂ advanced biofuels and other low carbon fuels. Already 14 statesÂ are poised to follow Californiaâ€™s lead, representing roughly 40 percent of the United States.
Business as usual is not going to work for the ethanol industry, and we hope that they will meet this challenge with the sameÂ spirit of innovation thatÂ makes California the center of clean technology. The ethanol industry needs to becomeÂ a bridge,Â not a roadblock toÂ America’s clean energy future.
But our work is not done. TheÂ Air Resources Board unfortunately postponed the adoption of critical safeguards for our native forests, fish and wildlife habitat, and scenic wildlands. Weâ€™ll continue to workÂ with the Air Resources Board to encourage theÂ implementation ofÂ importantÂ safeguardsÂ toÂ ensure thatÂ biofuel production does not sacrifice the unique natural heritage of California.â€
Read a recent analysis commissioned by NRDC that show Californiaâ€™s greenhouse gas goals can be met without putting areas at risk.
Read Roland Hwangâ€™s blog: Getting Biofuels Right Requires Californiaâ€™s Low Carbon Fuel Standard to Have Honest GHG Accounting