California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) was originally conceived as a tool to combat climate pollution in the transportation sector, but it’s being exploited and manipulated by powerful corporations, particularly Big Ag and Big Oil.
Rather than serving its intended purpose, the LCFS has become a lucrative pollution trading scheme that is incentivizing factory farm gas projects nationwide.
Where is the LCFS driving more factory farm gas?
Factory farm gas is not clean energy. It’s composed primarily of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that traps 80 times more heat than carbon dioxide.
The extraction of methane from factory farm waste does nothing to alleviate the massive harm inflicted by factory farms on local communities. The production of methane from factory farms causes public health and climate impacts— compounding the existing impacts from factory farms.
The LCFS is a California policy, but it is driving the expansion of factory farms and factory farm gas in numerous states, including:
- New York
View the locations of these factory farm gas projects here.
California is exporting its dirty energy policy to rural communities throughout the U.S. without regard for the local impacts. The existing LCFS rules perpetuate environmental injustice by disproportionately harming low-income communities and communities of color.
Factory farms, predominantly located in these marginalized areas, cause severe harm to our air, water, public health, rural economies, and overall quality of life.
Join us in demanding action!
This year, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has the chance to adopt new rules that would realign the LCFS with California’s environmental justice commitments and stop rewarding factory farms for their pollution.
CARB’s Environmental Justice Advisory Committee presented a clear alternative to the dirty status quo, and submitted a resolution calling for an end to the current LCFS policies that reward factory farm polluters.
We have an opportunity to tell CARB the decisions made in California are harming communities far beyond their state, and to stop exporting California’s bad policy to our front doors.
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For more than 20 years, SRAP has served as a mobilizing force to help communities protect themselves from the damages caused by industrial livestock operations and to advocate for a food system built on regenerative practices, justice, democracy, and resilience. Learn more at sraproject.org.