As the GOP forces its hand, demanding that a decision on the tar sands pipeline be made in 60 days as a condition for passing Obama’s payroll tax continuation, California passed regulations that would make it hard for tar sands oil to be used in the state.
California’s first-in-the-US low carbon fuel standard now ranks the carbon intensity of 250 fuels, and favors less carbon intensive fuels to be used in the state – that would leave out tar sands crude.
Under the standard, the carbon-intensity of transportation fuels will decline 10% by 2020; starting next year, companies will have to reduce their carbon scores.
11 Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states have agreed to follow California’s lead by developing a comprehensive, regional low carbon fuel standard.
In 2007, then-Senator Obama introduced national low carbon fuels legislation.
And as Canada promises to move forward on tar sands pipelines down the spine of the US and west to its own ports, more companies are refusing to buy the dirty oil.
Chiquita Brands is the 15th company to sign on stop using tar sands oil. As a result of a ForestEthics campaign, Chiquita says it will eliminate all suppliers that sell the oil, joining Walgreens, Gap and Levi’s, among others.
ForestEthics’s new targets are Safeway and Walmart.