Growth Energy filed new scientific data last week challenging California’s proposal to use international indirect land use change assessments as part of the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). In April, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) initially approved the LCFS regulation which included provisions that could ultimately eliminate corn ethanol from the California market.
“Growth Energy supports a Low Carbon Fuel Standard as long as it is done right, and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard proposed by the California Air Resources Board is not done right,” said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis. “It relies on a flawed, unproven and unscientific concept that would punish biofuels, despite the opportunity biofuels like ethanol provide as cleaner, greener fuels that are an alternative to dirty foreign oil.”
Growth Energy filed copies of new scientific reports disproving CARB’s position on ILUC in its comments to the proposed regulation, including research from Monsanto showing that advanced seeds will boost corn yields as high as 300 bushels per acre by 2030 and new evidence from research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee which directly contradicts the disputed models and assumptions on which CARB has relied.