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My local newspaper, the Oregonian is as liberal as any. Well, maybe not as liberal as the NYT or the LA Times, but close. So wasn't I surprised to see this lead editorial today:

Kill Oregon's low-carbon fuel standard

Oregon's dauntingly complex low carbon fuel standard is slouching toward implementation. It's time to KISS this thing goodbye. The standard, adopted by the 2009 Legislature in a highly partisan green frenzy, mandates a 10% carbon reduction in Oregon fuels over the course of a decade. This may sound simple, but making the requirement workable has been a slow and difficult process, owing to the enormity of the undertaking and to a requirement that the standard not boost fuel prices, which is about as likely as Superman donning kryptonite BVDs.

The process has involved dozens of advisory committee members, multiple contracted private firms and abundant Department of Environmental Quality [DEQ] staff time. It has taken so long that Richard Whitman, Gov. Kitzhaber's natural resources policy director, warned earlier this year that the Legislature would have to adjust the original bill's 2015 sunset date if the program is to get off the ground. But rule-making would go forward.

Thus, DEQ will ask the Environmental Quality Commission in December to adopt administrative rules implementing the first part of the fuel program, a two-year reporting phase to begin in 2013. Assuming the Legislature adjusts the sunset date, the second phase -- the carbon-reduction bit -- would begin in 2015. The EQC in December will be asked to adopt a loose set of rules for that phase, too, and they'll be refined at a later date.

All of which means Oregonians should hold onto their wallets and prepare for an eco-friendly train wreck. This program is nuts.

And yet the program is just pocket change compared to California's. And compared to what the EPA will do to the country if Obama is re-elected.

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