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CARB Seeking Applicants for Expert Workgroup on Land Use and Indirect Effects

The staff of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is soliciting applications for members to serve on an expert workgroup to refine and improve the land use and indirect effect analysis of transportation fuels regulated under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).

Applicants should have the skills and experience necessary to conduct objective, technical-level analyses that can help policy development. Highly desirable skill sets and knowledge areas include: global economics, agricultural economics and modeling, energy market economics and modeling, transportation fuel lifecycle analysis modeling, greenhouse gas emission factors and atmospheric time accounting, global land use, agricultural production, livestock feed market, and motor vehicle fuels both conventional and alternatives. Individuals with relevant experience and education as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications in the above mentioned areas or other evidence may qualify as experts.

—Solicitation letter

The expert workgroup is expected to include 15-20 members. The goal is to develop, by late 2010, recommendations on refining and improving land use and other analysis for biofuels and other fuels with indirect effects.

The solicitation and detailed proposal for the workgroup is available for public view on the LCFS website.



It should be a requirement that the indirect effects of ALL fuels, especially the ones currently used (gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and coal powered electricity) be considered. Oil spills, burning oil fields, sabotaged pipelines, military activities, ocean going tankers, tar sands, oil shale, lithium and other mineral mining, natural gas burn-off and air pollution, and many other indirect effects exist that are not taken into account. How about human lives lost to wars fought primarilly with petroleum being the cause? Why do we have to focus on only CO2 emissions, when there are several other SERIOUS effects that need to be factored in? How about the U.S. economy, U.S. jobs, and U.S. health being improved by the alternative fuels instead of petroleum, coal, etc.?

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