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An Oregon program aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting cleaner fuels is a new step in a regional partnership that could provide a guide for the federal government as President Obama pushes his climate agenda.

Beginning Jan. 1, more than six years after the Oregon legislature passed it, the Clean Fuels Program requires distributors to reduce the carbon intensity of fuels by 10 percent by 2025. The state defines the carbon intensity of a fuel as the total amount of pollution caused by the production, transportation, storage and use of a vehicle's fuel.

Cory-Ann Wind, program manager for the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, said the program aims to motivate fuel distributors to develop forms of fuel that have fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline.

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