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John Sheehan is the scientific program coordinator with the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment

University of Minnesota expert available to discuss lawsuit over California's low carbon fuel standard

January 7, 2010

Two groups representing ethanol producers, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association, recently filed a federal alleging that California’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) is unconstitutional. The lawsuit claims that this measure, which calls for a reduction in the carbon content of fuels sold in California, violates the U.S. Constitution and jeopardizes the national market for ethanol.

The state of Minnesota is looking at a similar low carbon fuel standard. What are the implications of this lawsuit? What impact will it have on the ethanol industry? A leading expert on biofuels and sustainability who can discuss the lawsuit is:

John Sheehan, scientific program coordinator with the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment

Sheehan is available for interviews on this controversial topic. Sheehan doesn’t believe the lawsuit has merit and bringing it forth will only serve to reinforce the notion among environmentalists that the industry does not want to cooperate in efforts to encourage sustainable biofuels. He further thinks the lawsuit may delay progress on sustainable energy and efforts to reduce carbon emissions here in Minnesota.

Sheehan is studying the direct and indirect consequences of biofuels production on land use around the world, along with other social, political and environmental aspects of biofuels.

To interview Sheehan, contact: Patty Mattern, University News Service, at (612) 624-2801 or; or Todd Reubold, Institute on the Environment, at (612) 624-6140 or

Expert Alerts are a service of the University of Minnesota designed to provide members of the media with access to different academic perspectives on a wide range of current issues. Views expressed by experts do not represent the views of the University of Minnesota.

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