Transportation fuel policies continue to benefit drivers and communities across California

rp_erica-morehouse-287x377-228x300.jpgCalifornia is implementing a suite of innovative transportation policies and there is ample evidence illustrating how drivers and communities across the state will benefit.

One critical piece of research is the First Update to the AB 32 Scoping Plan released by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) yesterday. The Board will vote on whether to approve the updated Plan next week. We’ve blogged here, here, and here about how the Plan recommends smart 2030 targets, positions California as a continuing leader on climate action, provides enhanced economic opportunity, and recommends new efforts to reduce short lived climate pollutants.

One of the most significant elements is the amount of money drivers will save because of the policies that CARB has so carefully planned for and implemented.  CARB’s own analysis shows that existing policies will reduce fuel costs for drivers by over $400 per year by 2020 (from 2012 levels) and by just over $600 by 2030.


Source: First Update to the Climate Change Scoping Plan

Source: First Update to the Climate Change Scoping Plan

There is a growing body of work that supports and enhances CARB’s finding that Californians will see overall benefits.

EDF’s contributions to this conversation include:

  • Biodiesel in California: Companies Fueling Positive Change. We profile six biodiesel companies in California with different roles along the value chain – research and development, feedstock growth, waste grease collection, production, blending, and retail and distribution. It clearly demonstrates that AB 32 transportation policies are increasing production of cleaner, more advanced fuels and creating new green jobs.

Here is a quick rundown of some of the other great resources out there:

  • The Natural Resources Defense Council has completed an analysis that shows Californians can expect to spend an average of $300 less on transportation costs every year by 2020, compared to what they would have had to spend without AB 32. These savings stem from more efficient vehicles, more walking, biking and use of public transportation, better planning so car trips are shorter, and a diversified fuel mix.
  • The Union of Concerned Scientists has demonstrated that the U.S. can cut oil use in half in 20 years which would create one million new jobs in the process and reducing climate pollution by 2 billion tons.
  • Dr. David Roland-Holst of Berkeley has written about how California’s many policies supporting electric vehicles can create over 100,000 new jobs by 2030 and create $16 of in-state economic value for every dollar saved at the pump.

Next week, the case for cleaner fuels gets clearer when EDF and the American Lung Association release a new report detailing the many health benefits that Californians can expect to see from California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and cap-and-trade programs. Stay tuned!

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  1. Michael Mendez
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Where can I find the new report on the benefits of LCFS and cap-and-trade by American Lung Association and EDF?

  2. Shira Silver
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Here it is, thank you for your interest.

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