"Judge Blocks California's Low-Carbon Fuel Rules"

"A federal judge finds that the state Air Resources Board's regulations discriminate against crude oil and biofuel makers outside the state."

"A federal judge on Thursday temporarily halted California's ability to enforce rules to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation fuels, effectively taking the regulatory teeth out of the state's year-old program.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence O'Neill issued a preliminary injunction that ruled the California Air Resources Board's low-carbon fuel regulations violated the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause by discriminating against crude oil and biofuels producers located outside California.

The regulations require producers, refiners and importers of gasoline and diesel to reduce the carbon footprint of their fuel by 10% over the next decade, as part of California's landmark global-warming law aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020."

Julie Cart reports for the Los Angeles Times December 30, 2011.

SEE ALSO:

"Federal Judge Invalidates Part of California's Greenhouse Gas Law" (Fresno Bee)

"Judge Blocks a California Fuel Regulation" (New York Times)

Source: LA Times, 12/30/2011