Study says state fuel/pollution policies are saving billions of dollars

Published: Wednesday, May. 21, 2014 - 11:04 pm

The state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and cap-and-trade program will save Californians more than $10 billion in health, energy and other costs by 2020, according to a new report from the Environmental Defense Fund and American Lung Association.

The report, “Driving California Forward,” analyzes health and economic issues affected by California fuel/pollution policies within the scope of AB 32, the state’s landmark climate law.

“The facts show that California’s transportation fuels polices are effectively cutting pollution and protecting consumers. This report shines a light on why these policies are paramount to improving air quality and saving billions of dollars in state health care costs,” said Tim O’Connor, director of EDF’s California Climate Initiative.

Among the report’s findings: full implementation of LCFS and C&T will result in cumulative health/energy/social cost savings of $10.4 billion by 2020, and $23.1 billion by 2025; by 2025, $8.3 billion will be saved in pollution-related health costs such as avoided hospital visits and lost work days; and reduced consumption of 21.4 billion gallons of gasoline and 11.8 billion gallons of diesel fuel by 2025, equating to a projected $100 billion in reduced at-the-pump costs.

“Driving California Forward shows that we can save lives, protect our environment and improve our economy all at once,” said Robert Sawyer, chairman of the Advocacy Committee of the American Lung Association in California.

The full report can be seen at

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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