Re "Investment needed in new low-carbon fuel" (Viewpoints, March 7): Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla clearly cares more about having consumers and businesses underwrite his risky woodchip experiment than ensuring California has the affordable, reliable transportation fuels it needs.
He could care less for small, family-owned businesses that supply gas stations, businesses, government agencies, and emergency services with essential gasoline and diesel.
Fuel experts agree the Low Carbon Fuel Standard is a potential train wreck for fuel consumers and the economy. The alternative fuels it requires are neither technologically feasible nor available in quantities sufficient to meet demand.
By limiting the amount of conventional fuels that can be sold, the rule sets us up for shortages, higher fuel prices, and long lines at the pump. It will put many family-owned fuel suppliers out of business and their employees out of work, and destroy the competition that helps moderate California's high cost of fuel.
Thanks but no thanks, Mr. Khosla.
-- Jay McKeeman, Sacramento
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