California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard: Could a similar cap-and-trade scheme work on a national level?

In California, a push by regulators to reduce CO2 emissions could end up altering the crude slate processed by area refineries. Under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, the use of crudes with a high carbon intensity rating, while not banned or restricted, would need to be offset by lower-carbon crude, refined products, blendstocks or credits, which, critics claim, could end up destroying margins for some refiners. The LCFS is implemented by the California Air Resources Board, and one of the key movers of CARB is Daniel Sperling, the director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis.

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