05/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

California Regulators Approve World's First Low Carbon Fuels Standard

The California Air Resources Board voted 9-1 to approve the new rule, which is likely to take months - or more - to fully implement and could well be subject to lengthy litigation by opponents ho see its as biased against ethanol. 3

As part of their efforts to meet California's aggressive goals to reduce global warming, state regulators on Thursday approved a new standard for all transportation fuels aimed at cutting the amount of greenhouse gas emissions they create. 1

California on Thursday adopted a first-ever rule to slash carbon emissions in automotive fuels, and spur the market for cleaner gasoline alternatives, after a last-ditch appeal to ethanol advocates who fought the plan. The low-carbon fuel standard approved by the state's influential air-quality regulators was hailed by backers as an historic initiative that the rest of the United States and other countries were likely to emulate. Transportation alone accounts for a third of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, and 40 percent in California, which ranks as the leading automobile market in the United States. 2

The California Air Resources Board on Thursday is expected to adopt standards that could serve as a template for a national policy. 5
  1. California Regulators Approve Low-carbon Fuel Standard (SJ Mercury)
  2. California Adopts Landmark Low-carbon Fuel Rule (Yahoo Environment)
  3. California Regulators Approve World's First Low Carbon Fuels Standard (Green Car Advisor (edmunds))
  4. Calif. Approves Nation's 1st Low-carbon Fuel Rule (Yahoo Environment)
  5. Calif. Expected to Adopt Low-carbon Fuel Rules (Yahoo Environment)