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State Bill Would Require Carbon Levels Be Reduced in Gasoline

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Aired 4/19/09

A San Diego legislator is sponsoring a bill that would reduce carbon in the gasoline we use. Carbon emissions contribute to greenhouse gases. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

The bill authored by San Diego Senator Christine Kehoe would require that all gasoline and diesel sold in the state have lower carbon levels by 2010. She says the legislation would put the force of law behind an executive order issued by Governor Schwarzenegger.

Kehoe : The law would require that that would require the Air Resources Board to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicle fuel.

An Assembly analysis puts the cost at $1.5 million over three years to develop the fuel standards and begin enforcing them. Kehoe says cleaner air standards also creates more jobs in research and development of new technologies.

The European Union is developing a similar policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels. California is working with the EU to provide a common standard to stimulate the production of alternative fuels and vehicles.

The bill is part of a greenhouse gas emissions reduction bill package.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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