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U.S. Supreme Court Let’s California Fuel Standard Stand

Spencer, IA: (Jun 30, 2014) – The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review California’s low-carbon fuel standard, which requires fuel producers to reduce the carbon footprint of their products.

The California standard, established in 2007, assigns a carbon-intensity score to different types of fuels, which accounts for the entire life cycle of the fuel, including the greenhouse gases generated in producing, refining and transporting it to California.

Farmers and Midwest ethanol producers had challenged the standard, arguing the California approach unfairly favored in-state fuel over out-of-state products that are deemed more carbon intensive.
An appeals court okayed the standard, saying California’s approach focused on a fuel’s carbon intensity, not where it came from.

The Supreme Court on Monday let that ruling stand without comment.

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