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Scientists Call for National Academy Review of Controversial Provision in the CA Low Carbon Fuel Standard

CaliforniaIn a letter submitted to California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chair Mary Nichols on Monday, several leading scientists warned CARB about the premature and erroneous inclusion of indirect carbon effects in the proposed LCFS, and called for an independent third party review of the issue. The scientists, who also submitted a letter in March signed by 111 scientific colleagues, said that ARB staff has not addressed their concerns and more time is necessary to get the science right.

“This is a precedent setting regulation that could be an international model for regulating carbon in the transportation fuel sector. The current proposal includes carbon penalties based on ungrounded and selectively enforced science, which could set us back years in the effort to commercialize low carbon fuels,” said Dr. Blake Simmons, a researcher at Sandia National Laboratory. Simmons believes that the National Academy is the appropriate institution to help resolve the brewing controversy over indirect effects.

The letter, dated April 20, states that “The issue of how to deal with indirect effects … is increasingly controversial from a scientific perspective. We are concerned that unresolved issues related to indirect effects enforcement are needlessly eroding support for an otherwise critical fuel policy. We are therefore requesting that CARB immediately enact an LCFS based on direct carbon effects while establishing an expeditious process to assess and account for indirect effects across all fuel pathways, including petroleum.” The letters says the assessment could be done in 18-24 months, before the LCFS compliance schedule begins to require the use of low carbon fuels. Continue Reading →

California Leads U.S. in Recycling and Waste Reform


A new introduced bill aims to reduce waste, litter, and greenhouse gases and create thousands of green jobs. The California Product Stewardship Act, AB 283, would incentivize producers to design products and packaging that are less toxic, more durable, reusable, recyclable and/or biodegradable.

“AB 283 moves California towards a more sustainable environment and economy,” said Chesbro, chair of the Assembly’s Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. “Product stewardship will reduce government spending and greenhouse gases, while creating jobs that are desperately needed in our state. This bill will help move California out of its budget crisis and into a ‘cradle to cradle’ state that takes care of its own.” Continue Reading →

California’s Water Supply Dries Up

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The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) released its latest snow survey results today showing Sierra Nevada snowpack levels at just 61 percent of normal, giving public water agencies a dismal outlook on weather conditions. The State Water Contractors member agencies rely heavily on snowpack runoff from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to supply water to millions of Californians and 750,000 acres of agricultural land. Today’s snow survey reinforces that light rain and snow will not make up for California’s severe dry conditions.

“Unfortunately, last week’s precipitation barely produced a drop in the bucket,” said Laura King Moon, assistant general manager of the State Water Contractors. “It would take a miracle to get the amount of rainfall we need in the next few months to get us out of this drought. And even then, regulatory constraints would keep us from accessing the water we need.” Continue Reading →