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On July 19, 2012, the National LCFS Project released two major reports that summarized its findings.

UCD Transportation Director Presents Low-Carbon Fuel Standard to Congress
By Davis Patch
The goal is to provide the scientific foundation and knowledge for the federal government to design this kind of transportation policy and put it in place.

New Group Beginning Talks With EPA On Supplanting RFS with LCFS
By InsideEPA.com
A new coalition of academic and research institutions is beginning talks with EPA on implementing a national low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) that would augment – or even supplant – the agency’s renewable fuel standard (RFS), an approach that members of the National LCFS Project hope will ease several concerns with the current standard. [Login Required]

Scientists, utilities urge Low Carbon Fuel Standard
By Barbara Vergetis Lundin • FierceEnergy
"A national Low Carbon Fuel Standard is a promising framework to help solve the transportation energy challenges that have eluded us for several decades," said Dr. Daniel Sperling, Director of the Institute of Transporation Studies, University of California – Davis. "Technologically, an LCFS is very doable. And it can help us address the complex choices with conventional oil, shale gas, oil sands, biofuels and electric vehicles."

UC Davis' Sperling says low-carbon standard could boost economy, reduce emissions
By Monica Trauzzi • E&E TV
How will state-level resistance to a low carbon fuel standard affect efforts to implement a national program? During today's OnPoint, Daniel Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, discusses new research, released by the National LCFS Project, on the economic and environmental impacts of an LCFS.

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National Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Would Reduce Emissions, Gas Prices, Reports Say
By Andrew Childers • Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report
A national low-carbon fuel standard would reduce gasoline prices and decrease greenhouse gas emissions more than existing requirements to incorporate renewable fuels into the national supply, according to a pair of reports released July 19.

UCD experts back national low-carbon fuel standard
By Davis Enterprise
The UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, which helped California create the nation’s first low-carbon fuel standard in 2009, on Thursday joined five other leading research institutions in releasing a series of studies designed to establish a national standard.

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Ready for Prime Time
By Phil Zahodiakin • AOL Energy
In Congress, California Democrat Henry Waxman tried to include an LCFS in the American Clean Energy & Security Act of 2009, which was notable for the "cap and trade" mechanism among its climate change provisions.

Taking California's low carbon fuel standard, and making it national
By John Kingston • Platts.com
"I've never heard anybody come up with a definitively better approach." That statement by Daniel Sperling wrapped up the first of three presentations he and other mostly academics are making in Washington this week to launch a push for a national Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

Group pushes low carbon fuel standard
By Alex Quillen • Politico.com
A collaboration of six research institutions has released two reports proposing a low carbon fuel standard, or “a broad, performance-based policy that targets greenhouse gas reduction.”

'Very doable' low-carbon standard could boost economy, environment -- researchers
By Jason Plautz • E&ENews.net/Greenwire
A low-carbon fuel standard that would expand the mix of non-petroleum transportation fuels could build on the existing renewable fuels standard to advance clean fuels development, according to researchers behind a series of new reports on the policy. [Login may be required]

National Low Carbon Fuel Standard Would Kill Millions of Jobs, Double Gasoline Prices and Increase GHG Emissions
By SecureOurFuels.org
This week, the National Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Project is holding a series of public briefings to release findings from two reports which they claim will provide evidence that LCFS programs can be successfully implemented across the US.

Researchers: LCFS Would Help America
By Joanna Schroeder • DomesticFuel.com
During a bipartisan briefing on Capitol Hill, researchers from six institutions advocated that adopting a national Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) would be a positive step for America.

How to Fix America's Fuel Future
By Daniel Sperling & Madhu Khanna • National LCFS Project
Everyone across the political spectrum talks about the need to wean the US from foreign oil. But when it comes to the details--how to actually make America more energy independent--the political posturing begins.

Studies: Fuel will be cheaper, cleaner with low-carbon standard
By Melanie Turner • Sacramento Business Journal
Scientists from six of the nation’s leading research institutions, including the University of California Davis, have found that fuels will be cleaner and cheaper in the future if the U.S. adopts a national low-carbon fuel standard.

Researchers: National LCFS would address RFS weaknesses
By Susanne Retka Schill • EthanolProducer.com
A national low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) could provide a new framework to incentivize alternative transportation fuels and lower the nation’s carbon intensity.

U.S. researchers push a low-carbon fuel standard
By Julia Pyper • ClimateWire
The United States needs to make a rapid transition off petroleum fuels, and a national low-carbon fuel standard is the way to get there, according to two new studies. [Login required]

California Dreaming? Selling Congress on Low-Carbon Fuel
By Thibault Worth • KQED.org
Researchers hope to sway Congress on expanding the California-based standard, though it remains untested at home

National Low Carbon Fuel Standard study releases major Technical Analysis and Policy Design reports
By Mike Millikin • GreenCarCongress.com
Two major reports synthesize its findings from the past several years of work

NH bill restricts ability for state to join LCFS programs
The New Hampshire legislature recently passed legislation (HB 1487) that aims to prohibit the state from participating in any low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) programs that require quotas, caps or mandates on transportation fuels, fuels used for industrial purposes or fuels used for home heating without authorization from the legislature

U.S. Court of Appeals Allows Enforcement of California Low Carbon Fuel Standard
The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a stay overturning an injunction blocking enforcement of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

EU vote on tar sands oil delayed until 2013
The European Commission has decided to carry out a full study into the impact of a proposed fuel quality law on business and markets, an EU official said, delaying until next year any ruling on oil from tar sands after intense lobbying by Canada.

Bringing science back to the Keystone Pipeline decision
The Obama Administration has put off deciding about the Keystone XL Pipeline — which would send Canada’s oil sands to refineries on the American Gulf Coast — until 2013

Judge hears N.D. arguments against Minn. energy law
A federal judge heard arguments Thursday in North Dakota's lawsuit against Minnesota's Next Generation Energy Act.

Journal article explores hybridized life cycle analysis method
A recently published article suggests that in order for life cycle analyses (LCA) of biomass-based products such as biofuels to be most accurately calculated, modelers should develop a hybridized methodology that considers both direct and indirect effects.

Ethanol Land Use Debate Continues
The three experts addressed the latest developments in GHG analysis, and the impact of regulations like the Renewable Fuel Standard and California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard on the future of the ethanol industry.

House votes against joining RGGI liquid fuels program
A Northeast regional organization is working on a program to develop low-carbon fuel standards for liquid fuels such as gasoline and heating oil that would also subsidize alternative fuel development.

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