SACRAMENTO – Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 692 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), making California a leader in reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from traditional transportation fuel.
AB 692 defines “Very Low-Carbon Fuels” (VLCFs) and guarantees a market for those fuels. This bill sets a path to increasing VLCFs in the State’s fuel portfolio by 3 percent in 2017, increasing by 1 percent every year thereafter until 2024. The California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) sets aggressive goals for GHG reductions, increasing the use of VLCFs will help to meet those goals.
When Assemblymember Quirk was asked about the long-term impact of AB 692 he stated, “This bill is an innovative and strategic approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from California’s transportation sector. The reductions in traditional fuel use from the signing of this bill will provide a positive impact on the health of our communities and the environment for decades to come.”
Transportation is responsible for upwards of 38% of California’s GHG emissions. California’s transition to a diversified and lower carbon transportation fuel system is critical in developing the first few commercial plants and the infrastructure needed to transport and supply these fuels.
Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly. He is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety and a member of the Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Revenue & Taxation, and Utilities & Commerce.
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