News Archives: September 2018


California defies Trump on climate change with new car emissions rules

Defying the Trump administration on climate change, California’s air-pollution agency ruled Friday that automakers must comply with the state’s strict rules on greenhouse gases if they want to continue selling cars here. The California Air Resources Board approved a regulation that will significantly curtail carbon spewed by new cars sold in the state, beginning in 2021.

Sacramento Bee / 09.28.2018

California Ready to Take Action on Clean Transportation after Climate Summit

With last week’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco all wrapped up, it’s time to get down to the business of turning words into actions.  And next week, California is poised to do just that.  The California Air Resources Board agenda for next Thursday and Friday is chock-full of transformative policies that, if adopted, will accelerate deployment of electric cars and transit buses, increase electric charging and hydrogen refueling infrastructure, bring more low carbon alternatives to diesel and gasoline to the state, and ensure consumers in California and the 12 other states that follow California’s standards continue to have cleaner, more efficient vehicle choices.

Union of Concerned Scientists / 09.27.2018

California urges Trump to drop plan for weaker fuel standard

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California officials demanded Monday that the Trump administration back off a plan to weaken national fuel economy standards aimed at reducing car emissions and saving people money at the pump, saying the proposed rollback would damage people’s health and exacerbate climate change, Looming over the administration’s proposal is the possibility that the state, which has become a key leader on climate change as Trump has moved to dismantle Obama-era environmental rules, could set its own separate fuel standard that could roil the auto industry. That’s a change the federal government is trying to block.

Associated PressCalifornia urges Trump to drop plan for weaker fuel standard / 09.25.2018

Fresno Heat and Foul Air Set Stage for Trump Tailpipe Debate

In a conference call with reporters Friday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the state has no choice but to defend and strengthen its pollution standards. The Los Angeles area recently completed 87 consecutive days of excessive smog, the longest stretch in 20 years, he said.

Bloomberg News / 09.24.2018

Con: Fresno and rest of Valley communities cannot afford dirtier cars

As an asthma and allergy physician treating patients in the central San Joaquin Valley for more than 13 years, I thought I had seen it all. Then I saw that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) were holding a hearing in Fresno to get the public’s view of rolling back cleaner car standards and stripping California’s ability to protect our residents from harmful pollution.

Fresno Bee / 09.21.2018

Where air pollution isn’t an abstraction

In the San Joaquin Valley, where we breathe some of the dirtiest air in the United States, California’s infamous smog is not just a statistic. It’s a fact that follows us every day and affects every breath.

San Francisco Chronicle / 09.21.2018

Opinion: California should phase out gas-powered vehicles

With the Trump Administration working to weaken automobile efficiency and pollution standards, policymakers in Sacramento and in cities up and down our state need to boost our collective leadership in the fight against climate change.

San Jose Mercury News / 09.04.2018

In California, Facts and Science Still Matter

California may feel, too, a special sense of urgency, not to mention a special sense of grievance. In early August, in another big swipe at Mr. Obama’s climate agenda, the Trump administration announced a rollback of part of the former president’s ambitious fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. The Trump plan would not only weaken the rules but also strip California of its historic right, conferred by federal clean air laws, to set its own air quality standards. Those standards — which 13 other states have chosen to follow — led during the Obama years to a set of nationwide fuel economy benchmarks that, until Mr. Trump intervened, promised consumers years of steadily cleaner and more efficient cars. California, not surprisingly, has vowed to fight.

New York Times / 09.03.2018
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