Oregon’s Department Of Justice Supporting Bad Deal for Consumers

Policy Supported by ODOJ Could Lead to Higher Costs, Fewer Jobs in the State Last week The Oregonian Editorial board predicted that the legal battle over Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program—which is another name for a fuel rationing mandate that will raise motorists’ costs at the pump—could drag into early 2014. That prediction was confirmed by a recent statement from the Oregon Department of Justice. Although California’s …

The Oregonian: Ninth Circuit deals blow to Oregon clean-fuels program: Editorial

Increasing Oregon’s gas tax has always been a tough sell even though the revenue improves the roads used by the very people who pay it. Imagine how difficult the task would be if the money were used, instead, to subsidize alternative fuels. Impossible, you say? As it turns out, it was a snap. That’s right, was. In 2009, the Legislature approved …

WSJ Editorial on California’s Flawed LCFS

According to the Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board: Environmental policies are often economic protectionism in green clothing. A case in point is California’s low-carbon fuel standard, whose constitutionality is being challenged in federal court. It’s also a case study of the incredible contortions of green policy-making today. California’s low-carbon fuel mandate requires the state, by 2020, to reduce the “carbon …

The Wall Street Journal: California’s Green Trade War

Environmental policies are often economic protectionism in green clothing. A case in point is California’s low-carbon fuel standard, whose constitutionality is being challenged in federal court. It’s also a case study of the incredible contortions of green policy-making today. California’s low-carbon fuel mandate requires the state, by 2020, to reduce the “carbon intensity” of its transportation fuels by 10%. Carbon …

AFPM Calls for Rehearing of LCFS Case

LCFS Court Decision Means Higher Costs For Consumers, Harms Energy Security This week, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit calling for a rehearing en banc of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) case recently considered by a three-judge panel of that court.  On September 18, the …

LCFS Court Decision Means Higher Costs For Consumers, Harms Energy Security

Washington DC – Today, following the decision of a divided panel of the US Court of Appeals ruling that California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LFCS) is “constitutional,” Secure Our Fuels spokesman Matt Dempsey issued the following statement: “Significant challenges continue to plague the LFCS in California and similar programs across the country. Setting the court’s views on the constitutionality of the …

ICYMI: Oregonian Editorial: Near Miss on Oregon Clean-Fuel Folly

Link to Editorial Last Friday, The Oregonian editorial board welcomed news that the Oregon State Senate rejected a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) bill, Senate bill 488, which would have lifted the “sunset provision” on Oregon’s LCFS. The sunset provision was incorporated to provide the option of ending the LCFS in 2015 if it proved to be unworkable. Since the …

President, Congress Should Follow Oregon’s Lead: Reject Costly Climate Mandates

As Congress holds hearings on climate change and President Obama’s policies to address it, members should look to Oregon for guidance.  No, not to approve harmful, costly mandates to make consumers pay more for the energy they use, but to reject them. And that’s exactly what Oregon did last week.  Oregon’s experience should offer caution to both President Obama and …