Growth Energy has filed new scientific data challenging California's proposal to penalize biofuels production by imposing the ill-conceived, international indirect land use change assessments as part of the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Growth Energy says it supports a Low Carbon Fuel Standard as long as it is done right, but says what has been proposed by the California Air Resources Board, is not done right. According to Growth Energy, the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard relies on a flawed, unproven and unscientific concept that would punish biofuels.
"There is now new scientific evidence that undermines the entire concept of international indirect land use change," said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis. "At the end of the day neither the American farmer nor the American citizen should have to pay the cost of the Brazilian government's struggle to manage their own forests."
Part of the new research cited by Growth Energy deals with technology that will help seeds produce more. Other research directly disputes the California Air Resources Board's models and assumptions. And other new evidence concerns the GTAP model which was developed at Purdue. That model shows indirect land-use emissions 20% lower than the previous model used by CARB.