The Renewable Fuels Association is again urging California's Air Resources Board to immediately adopt new research from Purdue University. The study shows ARB overestimated corn ethanol's potential land use effects by a factor of two. RFA wants the board to stick to its pledge to use the best available science to reevaluate its Low Carbon Fuels Standard. RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen says there is concern that ARB is attempting to gloss over the new results, which are being hailed by the research community as a vital development and the best available science.
Dinneen says changing the indirect land use change value for corn ethanol now to reflect the best available science would provide regulated parties with more certainty and significantly ease their ability to comply with the LCFS in 2011. He says adopting the Purdue value would ensure adequate supplies of low carbon fuels are available to regulated parties in the first several years of the LCFS policy.