Twelve Organizations Oppose Fuels Plan to Expand Ethanol and “Enhanced Oil Recovery”

Proposed Low Carbon Fuel Standard “will likely increase emissions”  

Contact: Anne Borgendale, CURE Communications Director, | 320.269.2984
Contact: Peter Wagenius, Sierra Club Legislative Director, | 612.799.5007

St. Paul, MN, February 16, 2024 — Twelve organizations submitted a letter to members of the Minnesota State Legislature asking them to reject the proposed Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which is also called a “Clean Transportation Standard” (CTS).  The twelve organizations are as follows:

Center for Biological Diversity
Climate Generation
CURE (formerly Clean Up the River Environment)
Food & Water Watch
Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate (HPHC)
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
Minnesota Environmental Justice Table
MN350 Action
Pollinator Friendly Alliance
Sierra Club North Star Chapter
Take Action MN

The coalition wrote that “The proposed technology-neutral LCFS using the Argonne GREET model to estimate carbon intensity is not neutral, but is so strongly biased in favor of ethanol and other biofuels that it will likely increase emissions, not decrease emissions.”

The letter also cited a commentary article published in the StarTribune by University of Minnesota Professor Jason Hill titled “Low carbon mandate could increase emissions in Minnesota.”  Dr Hill wrote that the proposed carbon intensity scores are “essentially meaningless.”

The full letter is linked here.