Federal judge Lawrence J. O'Neill of the U.S. District Court in Fresno has stopped implementation of a California law that favors fuel producers with lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of the production process. The New York Times reports the judge has ruled that the regulation is an over-reach on California's part, one that attempts to regulate what goes on outside the borders of the state (it "unconstitutionally discriminates against out-of-state producers").

The intention of the law was to crank down greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the start of the next decade. The laudability of the goal isn't in question, but the ruling holds that it's unconstitutional for California to discriminate, and the state cannot dictate farming methods for biofuel raw materials or the source of electrical energy for refineries. Ethanol, trucking, and farming interests all opposed the law in the first place, as well.


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      fivehiers
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should be focusing on the illegals..the cartels recruiting children...etc....
      Rocketski
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is only 3 gasoline cracking plants in California. If the state locked out outside producers who do you think would benefit? The politicians and the three oil companies and the price of gasoline would go sky high in California. This was another pipe dream made up by Gov. Moonbeam! God, I can't believe that he got elected again!
        wrascil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rocketski
        Type your comment hereCalifornia’s crude oil output accounts for more than one-tenth of total U.S. production. Drilling operations are concentrated primarily in Kern County and the Los Angeles basin. Although there is also substantial offshore oil and gas production, there is a permanent moratorium on new offshore oil and gas leasing in California waters and a deferral of leasing in Federal waters. California ranks third in the United States in petroleum refining capacity and accounts for more than one-tenth of total U.S. capacity.{fact} In addition to oil from California, California’s refineries process crude oil from Alaska and foreign suppliers. The refineries are configured to produce cleaner fuels, including reformulated motor gasoline and low-sulfur diesel, to meet strict Federal and State environmental regulations.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rocketski
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      ladywiccan47
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree with you about Hollywierd.. If people wouldn't buy in to the lifestyle, this country would be a lot better off, specially the ones who waant to tell the reat of us how to live and who to vote for, it's like they think we are retards and cannot think for ourselves
        Joesph
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ladywiccan47
        To quote Agent K from MiB: "A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it."
        traderjimj
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ladywiccan47
        yes agreed and it ticks me off about t6hem telling me i hafto wear a seat belt and helmet i can see it saying a seat belt needs to be avaible if some one wants to wear one and a motorcycle helmet if the passenger wants one but not to tell me i hafto wear one a lot of states have banned that law and should i have been driving and riding motorcycles over 65 years and have had no reason to hafto wear one who decides that u hafto be told what and when to do things what is good for one isnt good for every one i am tired of the dictator crap and these so called judges and crooked cops
      Laura
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you have ever been over seas, Europe, Asia, China, Middle East, Turkey notice the smog. They do not have the standards that we have been accustomed to. To put the burden of the whole world on the shoulders of the U.S. as far as CO2 emissions, is like trying to use your finger to plug the hole in the Hoover Dam. Many countries use soft Russian coal, and the soot and smog is amazing. We lived in Ankara Turkey for 2 years and we saw to make their fires hotter they throw on empty plastic bottles. Yes we need to be careful but we do not need to be the only ones.
      TERRY
      • 3 Years Ago
      At one time, California required 43 different blends of gas, for 58 counties, to meet their enviro requirements, ,for god sakes settle on a couple and be done with it, it cost us all for this nit picky sh!t.
      nobska44
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's about time the US manufacturers started competing with the foreign cars, and ran them out of the USA, once, and for all ! ! ! An old, old car buff from New England ! ! !
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remember the smog days in the LA Basin during the 70's?
        4 String
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        yup. I like how most of the people posting here probably have no clue about how bad the pollution is in LA. anyway, there's problems on both sides of the aisle---mismanagement of businesses by LA's officials included. California got screwed by both parties. Oh well! California is still a beautiful place to live in, if you find the right spots. :D
        Need Mulally 4 Ford
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Yep, I remember wiping the soot off my forehead. Glad those days are over.
      6_Fingers
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nafta rules......is it woring for you ?
      ashespaw
      • 3 Years Ago
      Typical California I'm afraid. Trying to californicate other states to get them to accomodate California. Nothing but a state full of liberals and illegal aliens.
        Edward Ellsworth
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ashespaw
        California faces unique challenges and circumstances. Pollution and traffic levels are critical in LA and many of their urban areas. If other places had to deal with problems of the magnitude that CA faces, they'd be prompted to take similarly bold action. What would you propose as an alternative: just let things get worse and worse?!
      kcampo6453
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those clowns in California think they can dictate to every other state. We should quit sending them oil, gas and electricity until they start building their own refineries and power plants.
        danazar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kcampo6453
        You're condemning Californians as trying to run the whole country because they tried to regulate sales in ... California? How does that even make sense? You're dictating to California what they can and can't do by arguing they can't dictate what goes on within their own borders. That seems a bit hypocritical.
      Sebastian
      • 3 Years Ago
      Out of state gasoline companies should simply stop supplying California. Once a shortage happens, the prices will skyrocket...then let's see how fast the treehuggers in the land of fruits and nuts beg for gas. Let California secede from the US, it's pretty much Mexico/France anyway...
        Shawn
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sebastian
        Your a idiot. Where do you think all the refineries are. California. Wait maybe you state produces oil? I know California does! How fun with your snow ill take the high gas prices and 80 degree weather in December.
        RUTHANN
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sebastian
        First of all it's illegal to secede from the union, I thought only Texans were dumb enough to belive they could do that. Secondly, good luck on your your produce markets because California could just sell to Canada if push comes to shove. Third and last point is those pesky regulations are not pleasant but they are needed if we are going to reverse the green house effects we're already experiencing. Maybe you like the idea of a coastline in Ark ,OK and Az though , I know I don't.
        Dodsworth Fandango
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sebastian
        Wow..Now there's an intelligent statement if I've ever heard one. Let's let the state with the refineries, and the 8th rated economy in the world secede from the United States. Mmm pure genius.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sebastian
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      blackhawk047
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah and how much did the oil compamies pay you. YOUR HONOR?
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