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Republicans Fail To Strip Fuels From AB 32

Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

California’s carbon emissions law has applied to transportation fuels since the beginning of the year. Republicans backed a bill that would strip fuels from AB 32.

They say data from the Oil Price Information Service shows A-B 32 is currently adding 13 cents a gallon onto California’s already high gas prices.

And Luke Wake with the National Federation of Independent Business says the increases could keep coming.  

"We maintain the effects of this tax have not been fully felt because gas prices have been depressed," he says. "But they will go up and people will feel them."

AB 32 supporters say fuels are a major source of emissions. And they say excluding fuels from the law would put a greater strain on other carbon emitters.