California Air Resources Board Votes to Include Unfair, Unproven Theory in Regulations
Move Penalizes Green Biofuels and Lets Oil Off the Hook
“We’re disappointed with the Board’s vote,” said General
The regulation adopted by the ARB unfairly penalizes biofuels by adding an “indirect land use change” figure to the carbon intensity of biofuels.
Growth Energy argued that applying indirect effects only to biofuels set an unequal standard since other fuels also have indirect greenhouse gas emissions effects. However, Growth Energy is pleased the ARB has agreed to continue its study of indirect effects, including indirect land use change as well as the indirect effects of all other transportation fuels. Indeed, in a letter to Growth Energy sent by ARB Chairman
A study looking at one indirect effect from petroleum was published in the academic journal Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. The authors from the
Today’s ethanol has been getting cleaner, greener, and more efficient. Over a recent five-year period, ethanol production saw a 21.8 percent decrease in energy usage while corn yields increased by 6.4 percent. A recent study published in
“The inclusion of an indirect land use change penalty against ethanol is not based on universally accepted science, puts our industry at an unfair disadvantage and would likely lead to increased dependence on foreign oil and stall efforts to create a greener economy,” said
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, advanced biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol, promise to reduce GHG emissions by 86 percent relative to gasoline. The U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture found that 1.3 billion tons of U.S. biomass feedstock is potentially available for the production of biofuels – more than enough biomass to meet the new renewable fuel standard (RFS) mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Further, a recent study by Sandia National Laboratories and General Motors found that plant and forestry waste and dedicated energy crops could sustainably replace nearly a third of gasoline use by the year 2030.
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
SOURCE Growth Energy