NPRA Study: Low Carbon Fuel Standard “Crude Shuffle”: Greenhouse Gas Impacts Analysis

posted Aug 6, 2010, 12:43 PM by
A study sponsored by the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association found that the implementation of a nationwide low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in the United States would increase global greenhouse gas emissions by up to 19 million metric tons each year – contradicting the claim of LCFS advocates that the standard would reduce such emissions. The study assumes that because an LCFS would prevent American refineries from importing petroleum obtained from oil sands in neighboring Western Canada, the United States would instead have to import more oil in tankers from the Middle East and elsewhere. At the same time, the Canadian oil would be shipped in tankers across the Pacific to China and other Asian locations.