Sep 25, 2015 1:53 PM by News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California regulators have restored ambitious rules to cut transportation fuel emissions 10 percent within 5 years.
The rules further strengthen California's toughest-in-the-nation carbon emissions standards, but oil producers warn the changes could drive up costs for consumers at the gas pump.
The California Air Resources Board voted Friday to re-adopt its low-carbon fuel standard.
The board says it would cost a typical commuter $20 to $24 extra in 2017, increasing to $52 to $56 annually in 2020.
The rules require producers to cut the carbon content of fuels 10 percent by 2020 to help the state meet its emission-reductions goals.
Environmentalists and some business groups say the plan will encourage greater use of cleaner biofuels and electric vehicles. Oil producers say it's unworkable and too costly.
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