SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Unable to convince the Legislature to keep Oregon's clean fuels program alive past its scheduled expiration next year, Gov. John Kitzhaber says he's ordering the stricter fuel requirements to go into effect anyway.
Oregon's low-carbon fuel standard aims to reduce the amount of carbon emissions associated with extracting, refining, transporting and burning the fuels used in transportation.
The Department of Environmental Quality is requiring fuel producers and importers to report the amount of carbon emissions associated with their fuels. But DEQ has said it won't require fuel companies to begin reducing the amount of emissions unless the Legislature continues the program beyond 2015.
Kitzhaber said Thursday he now wants DEQ to move forward on the reduction mandates.
Oil companies, truckers, farmers and other large-volume fuel users worry that costs will rise.