North Dakota and others oppose California rule
In December 2011, a federal judge ruled that California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard violates the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause. The fuel standard assigns higher carbon scores to fuels made outside of California, which critics say discriminates against Midwest ethanol. North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and South Dakota are fighting the regulation. A Nebraska official reports that California’s low carbon fuel rule would impact the state of Nebraska with a loss of $1.3 billion in annual ethanol sales. Read the Grand Forks Herald story on the California Low Carbon Fuel standard here (Herald site may require registration).