Judge Blocks California LCFS
January 5, 2012 9:56 AM | Posted by Patrick Greissing | Topic(s): State Policy/Programs
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Last week, Judge Lawrence O’Neill issued a preliminary injunction against California’s low-carbon fuel standard(LCFS). The LCFS program, which was originally ordered by former Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2007 and later approved by the California Air Resources Board(CARB) in late 2009, would cut vehicle emissions by 10 percent by 2020. Judge O’Neill believes that the LCFS ultimately discriminates against interstate commerce. His ruling reads in part, “California is attempting to stop leakage of GHG emissions by treating electricity generated outside of the state differently than electricity generated inside its border. This discriminates against interstate commerce.” CARB has said they will appeal the ruling and seek a stay on the injunction, as will other environmental groups. This is not a surprise, as the LCFS along with the state’s cap-and-trade program are two key policy initiatives for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It will be interesting to see if this ruling affects other states in their efforts to begin greenhouse gas reduction programs.