IPI Won’t Sue EPA to Impose Federal LCFS – For Now

CEA Warns that Several Pro-LCFS Initiatives Still in Play Washington, D.C. – Today, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) welcomed news that a New York University Law School think tank, the Institute for Policy Integrity (IPI), will not, at this time, sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to force it to promulgate a national Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) – a cap-and-trade …

EPA Says No To Cap-and-Trade Regulations on Transportation Fuels – For Now

Consumer Energy Alliance Calls News Good for Consumers; Praises Senate Oversight  Washington D.C. – Following media reports today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has no intention of implementing a federal Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), Michael Whatley, Vice President of the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) issued a statement welcoming the news but also warned that EPA may still use …

State of Play: EPA’s New Gas Tax?

NYU Petition: http://policyintegrity.org/documents/7.29.09IPIPetitiontoEPA.pdf Is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quietly working on a cap-and-trade scheme to ration gasoline?  Will this scheme be introduced under the innocuous-sounding guise of a “low carbon fuel standard” or the newer version “clean energy fuel standard”?  Lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who recently raised this warning, will soon have the opportunity to ask these very questions …

State of Play: Oregon LCFS Debated in State Senate Committee

Following an Oregon State Senate panel hearing regarding the state’s controversial low carbon fuel program, the Oregonian weighed in with yet another editorial strongly opposing the program. In fact, the editors suggest – and we agree — it’s time to kill the program for the sake of Oregon consumers. The editorial notes, “The program’s inevitable effect on fuel prices has …

Assemblyman Michael Gatto Right on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently took on Assemblyman Michael Gatto and a recent LA Times opinion editorial regarding California’s flawed low carbon fuel standard (LCFS).  Unfortunately, their response is misleading and incomplete. California’s LCFS program, which took effect in 2011, requires a 10 percent reduction in “carbon intensity” in the state’s fuel supply. As Assemblyman Gatto recently explained, …

What They’re Saying: LCFS Deterring Investment in West Coast Refineries

This week, IHS CERA released a report on the development and potential markets for Canadian oil sands. One key takeaway? A low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) will impede the United States’ ability to access and utilize abundant supplies of crude oil from our neighboring ally, Canada. A LCFS in its definition restricts the use of heavier crude oil – including …

NRDC Wrong Again on California’s LCFS

In a December blog post, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) took on the feasibility of California’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The post discusses the supposed benefits the standard would create as well as the role of electricity in the program, a topic the California Electric Transportation Coalition recently analyzed. Unfortunately (yet not surprisingly), NRDC failed to discuss the …

CEA Responds to Oregon Adoption of Costly Clean Fuels Program

PORTLAND – Today, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality adopted the Oregon clean fuels program.  The first phase of the program will force fuel producers and importers to register, keep records and report to DEQ the volumes and carbon intensities of the fuels they provide in Oregon.  The second phase beginning in 2015 would require regulated parties to reduce the …

NRDC Study Ignores Negative Impacts of an LCFS on Consumers

Last week, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a study on what they view as solutions to states’ gasoline price vulnerabilities.  Overall, the study calculates the percentage of personal income spent on gasoline by the average driver in each state. The report than ranks states based on “their adoption of smart solutions to reduce their oil dependence—measures they are …