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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Coal Ash Spill, Calif. Carbon Tax, Alt Fuel Cars

Federal prosecutors have served 20 more subpoenas to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, as part of an criminal investigation into Duke Energy’s coal ash spill in the state, the AP reports. The feds are seeking documents and testimony from employees, including information on investments, cash or other items … Read more »

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Low Carbon Fuel Standard ‘Unnecessary, Costly’ Oregon Industry Says

Four major Oregon industry associations — the Northwest Grocery Association, the Oregon Home Builders Association, the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association and the National Federation of Independent Business, Oregon — have joined Oregonians for Sound Fuel Policy (OSFP), a coalition of business groups that oppose a statewide low-carbon fuel standard, … Read more »

Overlooked: The Other Carbon Standard

A groundbreaking environmental law gained traction last week – no, not that one. Amid all the noise about the EPA’s carbon standard for power plants, news outlets had little to say about California’s low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), which the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld by lifting a partial … Read more »

California Low-Carbon Rule Faces Threats, Despite Success

California Low-Carbon Rule Faces Threats, Despite Success

California’s low-carbon fuel rule has been successful, displacing 6.2 percent of total gasoline and diesel volume in 2012 with cleaner burning transportation fuels, but it still faces legal threats and other challenges, such as a shortfall of biofuels, according to report. The report, conducted by researchers at the Institute of … Read more »

Chevron Lobbies Against California Low-Carbon Rule

Chevron is leading a lobbying and public relations campaign to weaken California’s low-carbon fuel standard, a law the oil company once supported. Chevron pledged in 2007, the same year California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the low-carbon fuel standard executive order, to develop a gasoline replacement from wood, Bloomberg reports. A … Read more »