Oil industry blasts new Oregon carbon proposal

By Ian K. Kullgren, The Oregonian/OregonLive.

The oil industry on Monday took swipes at proposed changes that would tighten Oregon's clean fuels program, using the final hearing before the program takes effect next year to poke holes in the state's method for calculating carbon output.

Testifying before the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, oil industry advocates said the changes would make it more difficult for fuel distributors to comply with the law and needled officials for considering changes at the 11th hour. The changes would force fuel distributors to purchase biofuel with a smaller carbon footprint. 

Oil lobbyists, in turn, were met by environmental groups who urged the department to speed ahead as planned and launch the program on Jan. 1, 2016, calling for urgent action to combat climate change.