March 13, 2017
The following opinion piece by Coalition President Thomas Lawson and CalETC Executive Director Eileen Wenger Tutt recently ran in the Sacramento Bee.
Now more than ever, California’s pioneering energy policies are lights in the darkness for Americans who understand the threat posed by climate change and the urgent need for action.
California must continue to curb greenhouse-gas emissions while growing its economy, using all of the tools at its disposal. The California Air Resources Board has put forth a scenario in its proposed 2030 scoping plan that would do just that.
As the proposed plan suggests, an array of innovative policies – including the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the cap-and-trade program – are required to move us toward an advanced low-carbon economy effectively and cost-efficiently. Together, these policies are creating a low-carbon economic ecosystem, made up of many interconnected parts.
Transportation is directly responsible for 37 percent of California’s greenhouse-gas emissions; 50 percent if you include refinery emissions. For most transportation needs, oil has a virtual monopoly on the market, leaving businesses, families and institutions little choice but to pay whatever price is on the pump.
The Low Carbon Fuel Standard encourages the development of new fuels for cars and trucks – including electricity, natural gas, hydrogen and biofuels – and the infrastructure needed to support these new fuels. In the years to come, Californians will have choices about how to power their own mobility. That’s especially true if the ARB ramps up the LCFS’s carbon-intensity target to 18 percent from 10 percent after 2020, as suggested in the proposed scoping plan.
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