SACRAMENTO – In response to the announcement made today by EPA regarding the Renewable Fuels Standard, Mary D. Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board, made the following statement:
"The California Air Resources Board applauds the EPA for its efforts to conduct a thorough assessment of the climate-related impacts of renewable fuels. It is notable that both the EPA, and CARB have determined that sound science compels the consideration of land use change in any lifecycle analysis of the greenhouse gas impacts of fuels. While our regulatory programs differ somewhat, we look forward to working closely with the EPA and with the National Academy of Sciences to continue evaluating the lifecycle analysis of fuels. CARB fully stands behind the President’s call for a comprehensive energy and climate bill that will include biofuels and other next-generation alternative fuels to help lower greenhouse gas emissions and drive the development of clean energy jobs and technologies."
CARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The CARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.