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Tue Jul 27 2021 (Updated 09/22/21)
California Oil Among the Most Climate-Damaging on Earth
Report Finds CA Oil Emits More Carbon Dioxide Than Global Supply Refined in State
Oil produced in California is among the most climate-damaging on the planet and is rapidly getting worse, according to a new report released in June by the Center for Biological Diversity. 'Killer Crude: How California Produces Some of the Dirtiest, Most Dangerous Oil in the World' finds that, on average, California oil emits more carbon dioxide per barrel than the rest of the global supply refined in the state. It’s now even more climate-heating than the notorious Canada tar sands oil refined in California. The report comes as record heat and a megadrought bake the West — evidence of the dangerous global heating caused by fossil fuel pollution.

“The report shows that California’s intensely dirty oil production is helping create these hellscape conditions like the megadrought,” said John Fleming, a scientist at the Center’s Climate Law Institute and the lead author of the report. “California’s oil is getting dirtier and heavier, heating the planet more and requiring more polluting methods to extract it. The idea that California oil is somehow cleaner or climate-friendly is ludicrous.”

The report finds that the already profound carbon intensity of California crude is growing at twice the rate of all oils refined in California — and nearly three times the rate of oils produced outside of California. It also finds that the increasing carbon intensity of California oil is helping cancel out climate benefits from a decline in oil production.

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