California Adopts Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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On Thursday the California Air Resources Board ("ARB") adopted a regulation that will implement Governor Schwarzenegger’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard calling for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from California’s transportation fuels. The regulation requires producers, refiners and importers of gasoline and diesel to reduce the carbon footprint of their fuel by 10% over the next decade. The move follows the guidelines set by AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act (Nunez, 2006), which mandates that California reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by midcentury.

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