California’s Low Carbon Fuels Standard Could Impact Tar Sands Imports

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

CALIFORNIA (April 22, 2009) –Today, the California Air Resources Board is in the final stages of considering the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), the biggest step yet in the state's campaign to slash global warming emissions. California regulators are poised to order sweeping changes to regulate the fuel sold within the state. The LCFS discourages the use of tar sands oil and encourages low-carbon transportation fuels as a way to fight global warming. If approved, California’s LCFS could have serious implications for the sale of Canadian tar sands oil in over a dozen other states across the United States as well as in British Columbia and Ontario. Additionally, the Standard could serve as the model for the fuel standard used in the U.S.’s first major piece of proposed climate legislation, the Waxman/Markey bill.

Following is a statement from Brant Olson, Oil Campaign Director for the Rainforest Action Network:

“California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard is a bellwether that bodes ill for Canada’s dirty tar sands oil interests. California is leading the way in the fight on global warming and the state’s fuel standard, which will penalize tar sands oil importers, marks a clear move to break North America’s addiction to fossil fuels.”

"If passed, California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard will be a model for state and federal legislation on both sides of the border. That would discourage the market for tar sands oil, saving us from wasting money on the expansion of a dirty oil infrastructure that jeopardizes our health and our climate.”

“Further investment in tar sands will be a climate disaster. There is no room for tar sands in a clean energy economy. Now is the time for the Canadian government to get aboard the clean energy train – or be left behind as the U.S. moves quickly forward.”




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