LOS ANGELES Democratic presidential candidate
Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a federal low-carbon fuel
standard patterned on California's ambitious goals.
Obama also called on U.S. automakers to double gas mileage
of cars and trucks over the next two decades.
Obama assumed the stance of California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger who earlier this year proposed cutting carbon
emissions in auto and truck fuels by 5 percent by 2015 and 10
percent by 2020.
"We know that transportation fuels account for a third of
America's global warming pollution," the Illinois Senator said
at a press event at a Brentwood gasoline station in Los
Angeles. "And we know there are fuels available that emit less
carbon-dioxide into the atmosphere, fuels like biodiesel and
Schwarzenegger signed a groundbreaking executive order in
January mandating the carbon dioxide cuts in fuels.
In February, Republican presidential candidate Arizona Sen.
John McCain and Schwarzenegger appeared together in Long Beach,
California, to say they wanted to expand the California
Obama's low-carbon fuel standard would rely on "the market"
to decide which fuels would be used by distributors and
Such a standard would spur business to develop more
flexible-fuel vehicles that can run on ethanol and gasoline as
well as help foster growth of plug-in hybrid vehicles, Obama
Obama's campaign office cited published research that
estimates a national low carbon fuel standard would cut global
warming greenhouse gas emissions -- which are predominately
carbon dioxide -- by 180 million metric tons by 2020, equal to
taking more than 30 million cars off the road.