Challenge To Ore. Fuel Standards Is A Legal Long Shot

By Keith Goldberg (March 24, 2015, 7:34 PM EDT) -- A trio of energy and transportation industry groups challenged the constitutionality of Oregon's recently enacted low-carbon fuel standard in federal court on Monday, but they face an uphill battle given that the Ninth Circuit has already upheld a similar program in California, experts say.

Earlier this month, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill that lifted the sunset on Oregon's Clean Fuels Program, which was first passed by the Legislature in 2009 and was due to expire this year. The bill reduces the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 10 percent over the next 10 years and requires importers of transportation...

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