SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work toward adopting a regional Low Carbon Fuel Standard modeled after Californiaâ€™s first-in-the-world standard:
â€œBy working to adopt a regionally recognized Low Carbon Fuel Standard these states are taking the important steps needed to fight global warming. Todayâ€™s action moves us closer to a national Low Carbon Fuel Standard which is the right policy to reward innovation, expand consumer choice for transportation fuels and fight climate change. I applaud these states for moving forward in adopting a low carbon fuel standard that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.â€
In 2007, the Governor announced the Low Carbon Fuel Standard for transportation fuels that requires fuel providers to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels sold in California. This first-of-its-kind standard firmly establishes sustainable demand for lower carbon fuels without favoring one fuel over another. To start, the standard will reduce the carbon intensity of Californiaâ€™s passenger vehicle fuels by at least 10 percent by 2020 and more thereafter.