Court upholds California’s tough emissions reduction standards

by Bob Egelko, SF Chronicle

California’s low-carbon fuel standard, designed to reduce emissions of planet-heating carbons from transportation fuels sold in the state, is a valid measure to protect residents’ health and well-being and does not violate the rights of out-of-state producers and suppliers, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

The state may be confronted by “crumbling or swamped coastlines, rising water, or more intense forest fires caused by higher temperatures and related droughts,” the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said in a ruling upholding the fuel regulations. The court said California can seek to reduce the harms caused by fuels sold within its borders, regardless of where it was produced.
Oil and ethanol producers in other states challenged California’s standard, arguing that the state was unconstitutionally regulating conduct outside its borders and interfering with interstate commerce.

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