California Dreaming...Of Greener Transportation Fuels

Meeting the governor's yet-to-be-penned automotive fuels standard can only be done one way: Burning less petroleum. Refiners can squeeze more efficiency out of their plants. But the only replacements on the near horizon are ethanol, natural gas, biodiesel and electricity.

Published: 15-Jan-2007

Slashing greenhouse gases from California's gasoline in the next 14 years will reformulate not just our fuel but quite possibly our entire notion of the California dream, changing what we drive, how we fuel up and — most likely — how much we pay for the pleasure.

Gov. Arnold Schwarznegger last week proposed a revolutionary measure in his state-of-the-state address: Cut the carbon content of fuels 10 percent by 2020.

It's one of the first concrete steps proposed to meet the state's ambitious greenhouse gas limits, which mandate a reduction of California's greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to 1990 levels — a roughly 25 percent cut.


A study of Europe's car producers found that the industry managed to cut the CO2 output of new cars by 1 per cent last year - less than a quarter of the rate required to meet its own promise to cut emissions by 25 per cent in a decade. PHOTO: 2006 Ford Galaxy European minivan.

A national Low Carbon Fuel Standard would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and America's dependence on foreign oil without requiring new government spending.


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