Among many other steps taken towards environmental sustainability and lowering GHG emissions California has proposed the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, a first-of-its-kind regulation that will work to lower the carbon intensity of transportation fuels sold and utilized in the State. At the heart of the Standard resides a great debate over the inclusion of indirect land use change effects in the lifecycle analysis of the carbon intensity of transportation fuels. The corn ethanol industry, a significant supplier of biofuel in the State as well as major stakeholder contests the inclusion of indirect effects since factoring in such effects would contribute to a high carbon intensity value of the fuel, even higher than that of gasoline. Having their interests threatened by the proposed Standard the corn ethanol industry worked tirelessly to prevent it from being passed with the inclusion of indirect effects. The purpose of this thesis is to analyze whether there is indeed merit in the arguments and objections of the corn ethanol industry and determine whether the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the State decision-making body for the Standard was justified and sound in their ruling to adopt the regulation with ILUC effects. In my analysis I will investigate the coercive power of the corn ethanol industry to secure their private interests and determine whether the CARB remained an objective governmental body that made its ruling free from the pressure exerted by the corn ethanol industry.
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Environmental Studies, Land Use Planning, Sustainability, Energy|
|Keywords:||California, Corn ethanol industry, Land use, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Transportation fuels|
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