Low carbon fuel standard
The Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is a rule designed to reduce the carbon emissions of the fuels used by our transportation industry. This rule limits the burning of fossil fuels, such as diesel and gasoline, and promotes the use of biofuels, natural gas, propane and electricity. In the past few years, California, Oregon and Washington have adopted LCFS regulations along with a cap and trade program. A court of appeals has recently upheld the right of a state to enact these programs, and about a dozen other states are considering similar laws. To comply with the low-carbon standard, oil companies could blend more ethanol into gasoline products, purchase credits from electric utilities supplying electricity to electric vehicles, or sell hydrogen for vehicles powered by fuel cells. Environmentalists claim LCFS rules are a state response to our federal government’s inability to pass legislation to reduce greenhouse gases. They say that about 40% of our air pollution is caused by gasoline and diesel-burning engines, and claim that if overall emissions are to be reduced, low carbon fuel standards must play a role. Opponents claim LCFS rules will drive up gasoline prices and result in higher prices for other consumer goods in which transportation costs are a factor.

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