Assemblymember Quirk Holds Informational Hearing on Low-Carbon Fuels

Thursday, August 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), chair of the Assembly Select-Committee on California's Clean Energy Economy held an informational hearing titled "Low Carbon Fuels: Methods of Procurement and Production."

"I have been studying climate change since the 1970s and am worried about the future," Assemblymember Quirk said in his opening statement. "As our climate becomes warmer and our oceans more acidic, we need to look at our policies and analyze what we are doing right and where there are areas for improvement."

Attributing transportation as the leading cause of climate change, this hearing focused on the roles low-carbon and very low-carbon fuels in helping California meet its green house reduction goals.

Experts pointed to policy opportunities to reduce the amount of fuel that is imported to the state and how California can support new and innovative technologies to increase opportunities for in-state production of low-carbon fuels.

"My takeaway from this hearing is that we can have clean fuel and a strong economy. I look forward to working with the many experts that testified at this hearing to find pathways toward advancing low-carbon and very-low carbon fuel development in California," said Assemblymember Quirk.

A list of panelists can be found here.

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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 Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. He is also Chair of the Select Committee on California's Clean Energy Economy. He is a member of the Agriculture, Public Safety, Revenue and Taxation, and Utilities and Energy Committees. Website of Assemblymember Quirk:http://www.asmdc.org/quirk