When you think about your local County government, you usually think about things like parks, libraries, building codes and other services and rules for which your elected representatives are responsible. One thing you probably don’t think of is the enormous amounts of fuel it takes keep things humming in your community.
Local governments are among the largest fuel users in California. We operate fleets of police, fire and emergency response vehicles, waste removal trucks, and maintenance vehicles. The cost of fuel is a constant budget concern.
Now local governments – and that means taxpayers – are facing a regulation that could not only materially increase the cost of fuel, it could cause serious supply disruptions. It’s the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and it wasn’t invented by your City Council/Board of Supervisors or approved by voters – it’s the work of the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Like many government regulations, the LCFS is well-intended. The goal is to reduce global warming emissions by requiring refiners to produce lower-carbon fuels and increase the use of non-petroleum fuels, biofuels and other low-carbon fuels.
Unfortunately, CARB has put the cart well before the horse. The LCFS is infeasible because there’s currently not enough low-carbon fuel to go around, and what there is will be enormously expensive. Further, low-carbon fuel technology is not sufficiently advanced to provide adequate, reliable supplies in the foreseeable future.
Welcome to the website for Madera County Supervisor Rick Farinelli. Rick represents Madera County's third district.