SACRAMENTO – Growth Energy submitted its comments yesterday to the California Air Resources Board’s (ARB) proposed regulation to implement the State’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Growth Energy’s comments are in response to the notice of availability of modified text for the LCFS.
In the comments to the ARB, Growth Energy urges the ARB staff not to finalize the proposed LCFS regulation without referring the matter back to the Board for a full public hearing, and giving the public an opportunity to testify. Growth Energy notes that finalizing the LCFS regulation with the proposed amendments would have “serious unintended economic and environmental consequences, both for California and the nation as a whole.”
Growth Energy’s comments focus on several points, including addressing the carbon intensity values incorporated in the amendments, which establish what amounts to penalties for the use of biofuels grown in the United States. In addition, the comments reflect a strong concern over cane ethanol pathways that were newly included in the regulation following the LCFS adoption, which have neither been sufficiently reviewed nor commented upon, and which would give Brazilian ethanol suppliers an advantage over American suppliers.
Growth Energy’s full comments are posted here on the ARB Web site, under the section titled, “Comments posted to lcfs09 that were received during the 15 Day Comment Period(s).”
About Growth Energy
Growth Energy is a group committed to the promise of agriculture and growing America’s economy through cleaner, greener energy. Growth Energy members recognize America needs a new ethanol approach. Through smart policy reform and a proactive grassroots campaign, Growth Energy promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding the use of ethanol in gasoline, decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, and creating American jobs at home. More information can be found at GrowthEnergy.org.