Wednesday, October 17, 2012

California Low Carbon Fuel Standard Accused Of Discriminating Against Out-Of-State Businesses

If this article is implying what I think it's implying, CA is going to find itself looking like Hawaii.  Out in the middle of nowhere.
Out-of-state refiners and ethanol companies say the score discriminates against their products because transportation to California alone raises it. They argue the law violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution by imposing limits on interstate commerce.

"Even if there is no discrimination, you still have a regulatory scheme whose whole purpose is to penalize imports, to penalize out-of-state conduct in an effort to control in-state emissions," Peter Keisler, a lawyer for the fuels industry, told the court.
Will companies outside of CA change how they do business with CA?  Of course, but not all of them.  In the end, CA will be the worse for it and will pay even more with fewer players hawking their wares. While the rest of the country moves forward, CA will stuck in the stone age.

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