Gov. Schwarzenegger Calls for National Low Carbon Standard for Transportation Fuels

A national Low Carbon Fuel Standard would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and America's dependence on foreign oil without requiring new government spending.

Published: 22-Feb-2007

Continuing his global leadership to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and lower California's reliance on foreign oil, today California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, joined by U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), called for a national Low Carbon Fuel Standard for transportation fuels.

"Last month I signed an Executive Order creating the world's first Low Carbon Fuel Standard so our vehicles will emit less carbon and bring a healthier future to our children and grandchildren," said Governor Schwarzenegger.

"I told Senator McCain that this will reduce greenhouse gas emissions more than 13 million tons per year by 2020, which is like taking 3 million cars off the road."

"All of this is great for our environment, our economy and our taxpayers because the Low Carbon Fuel Standard will more than triple the size of our renewable fuels market in California and put more than 7 million alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles on our roads by 2020 without any new government spending. It's also great for our national security because we will be less dependent on foreign oil and less vulnerable to price shocks and instability beyond our borders.

"A healthy environment, a growing economy and strong national security are all reasons why we need a Low Carbon Fuel Standard for America."

Prior to the event, Governor Schwarzenegger briefed Senator McCain on California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard during a helicopter tour of the Los Angeles region which included the 710 Freeway, the (nation's second busiest) Port of Long Beach and the proposed site of the new hydrogen power plant run by BP and Edison Mission Group. When this plant comes online in 2011 it will be America's first to use hydrogen as its fuel source and pump carbon dioxide into the ground instead of into the atmosphere.

The Governor wanted Senator McCain to get a firsthand look at the complex transportation needs facing California. The tour provided a firsthand look at trains, trucks and cars moving goods, major cargo ships entering port and air cargo moving in and out of the Los Angeles International Airport and the Long Beach Airport. This web of goods movement contributes to California's greenhouse gas emissions and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard allows California to meet its emissions targets while meeting the growing transportation demands on the state.

Last year, Governor Schwarzenegger signed the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), which establishes the Governor's historic greenhouse gas emissions goals as California law. The target - 1990 levels by 2020 - is unmatched in America and has established California as an international leader in efforts to solve the global climate crisis. The Governor's goals will also clear almost 150 million metric tons of emissions from California's skies by 2020, the equivalent to taking more than 32 million passenger cars off the road for one year.

This past January, by Executive Order, Governor Schwarzenegger established the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which will reduce the carbon intensity of California's passenger vehicle fuels by at least 10 percent by 2020. This first-of-its kind standard supports AB 32 emissions targets as part of California's overall strategy to fight global warming. The Low Carbon Fuel Standard will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 13 million metric tons a year, the equivalent of taking three million cars off the road.

A national Low Carbon Fuel Standard would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and America's dependence on foreign oil without requiring new government spending. Like California, the nation is dependent on a single, unstable energy supply and diversifying our energy supply is critical to national security. California relies on petroleum-based fuels for 96 percent of our transportation needs while America relies on petroleum for 97 percent.

Other countries are already adopting California's new standard, increasing the market and benefits. On January 31, 2007, the European Union announced a new pollution standard for motor fuels that is virtually identical to the Governor's executive order. The European Union's new standard will cut emissions by 500 million metric tons of carbon by 2020—equivalent to the total combined emissions of Spain and Sweden today.

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A study of Europe's car producers found that the industry managed to cut the CO2 output of new cars by 1 per cent last year - less than a quarter of the rate required to meet its own promise to cut emissions by 25 per cent in a decade. PHOTO: 2006 Ford Galaxy European minivan.


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