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Agency Looks To Cut Carbon From Gas, Diesel

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Aired 4/20/09

California regulators are developing new rules that would require a reduction in carbon from transportation fuels. Supporters say lower carbon fuels would reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But an oil industry group says that could lead to higher prices at the pump.  KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has the story.

Part of the state's program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions involves cutting 10 percent of the carbon from gasoline and diesel fuels by 2020.
 
To that end, the California Air Resources Board is expected to release a revised regulation on the low carbon fuel standard Thursday.

The Western States Petroleum Association says new fuel formulations can benefit the environment.

But the association's Catherine Reheis-Boyd says there's no fuel today to meet the proposed requirement.

Reheis-Boyd : The timelines that are involved here are relatively short and what we're concerned about is that we make sure there is reliable, affordable and available fuel to the consumers.

The Air Resources Board is expected to vote on the low carbon fuel standard next month.

The board says California accounts for roughly 1.4 percent of the world's, and 6.2 percent of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

 

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