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Global Warming

California Takes Historic Steps to Fight Global Warming

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Action will hasten the transition from dirty to clean fuels

San
Francisco – The California Air Resources Board
overwhelmingly approved the nation’s first Low Carbon Fuel
Standard that will reduce carbon pollution and provide cleaner air for
Californians. The new standard will cover emissions from “well to
wheels," representing the most comprehensive and ambitious program to
account for the pollution created by extracting, growing or refining
fuels. It will also give Californians new choices for 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:

“California’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 and move to produce more advanced biofuels and other
low carbon fuels. Already 14 states are poised to follow California’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 same spirit of innovation
that makes California the center of clean technology. The ethanol
industry needs to become a bridge, not a roadblock to America's clean
energy future.

But our work is not done. The Air
Resources Board unfortunately postponed the adoption of critical
safeguards for our native forests, fish and wildlife habitat, and
scenic wildlands. We’ll continue to work with the Air Resources Board
to encourage the implementation of important safeguards to ensure
that biofuel production does not sacrifice the unique natural heritage
of California.”

Read a recent analysis commissioned by NRDC that show California’s greenhouse gas goals can be met without putting areas at risk.

Read Roland Hwang’s blog: Getting Biofuels Right Requires California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard to Have Honest GHG Accounting

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