The federal government should stop threatening our right to cut down on car pollution

The federal government is threatening to weaken national clean car standards for passenger cars and trucks. These standards, adopted in 2012, were inspired by California’s leadership and aligned national fuel-economy and greenhouse gas rules with California’s health-protective emissions rules. Even the automakers saw this as an historic agreement to unite the nation under one set of protective standards. Now, not only are those standards at risk, leadership at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has even questioned the need for California’s authority to set its own clean car standards — standards that 12 other states plus the District of Columbia follow.

LA Daily News / 02.12.2018

Put a charge in California’s electric vehicle program

Gov. Jerry Brown’s big, bold $2.5 billion executive order committing the state to a goal of 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030 expands a program that was already far and away the most ambitious in the United States. The potential benefits are great and deserve the support of Californians, including Brown’s potential successors. Transportation remains the largest source of greenhouse gases in California, accounting for just under 40 percent of the total. But achieving the targets won’t be easy, and the governor has less than a year in office to cement them into place.

San Jose Mercury News / 02.01.2018

The Electrification Era Moves Closer for Cars

Ford said this week that it will spend $11 billion on electrified vehicles by 2022, including 16 new full battery-electric models. Its plans include a gas-electric hybrid version of its cornerstone pickup, the F-150, as well as a high-performance all-electric supercar, which it’s calling the Mach 1. That comes just a few weeks after GM's CEO, Mary Barra, said the automaker is committed to an all-electric future, with 20 new models by 2022. Two of those will be battery-electric crossovers based on the Chevy Bolt in the next 18 months.

Consumer Reports / 01.22.2018

Let California lead on clean cars

When Congress passed the Clean Air Act, it specifically recognized California’s right to protect its citizens with stronger standards on clean cars and trucks than federal ones. Today, 13 states plus Washington D.C. – which together represent more than one-third of the new car market and 113 million Americans – have embraced California’s clean cars standards. Now, that right is being threatened. A congressional hearing last week focused on creating a single national standard for vehicle emissions and fuel economy.

Sacramento Bee / 12.18.2017

In Cities Across the Country, Driving Electric Is Cheaper Than Gasoline

It’s much cheaper to charge a car than fill it with gasoline, according to the study “Going from Pump to Plug: Adding up the Savings from Electric Vehicles,” released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) today. The analysis compared electricity rates and gasoline prices in 57 cities around the country. The study shows that electric vehicle (EV) drivers could save from $440 to more than $1,070 a year compared to the cost of fueling the average new gasoline-powered vehicle.

Union of Concerned Scientists / 11.28.2017

If California insists on keeping its car culture alive, it needs to do so without fossil fuels

Is it possible to imagine a world without carbon-spewing gasoline-powered cars and trucks? A growing number of countries around the world are doing just that, phasing out the sale of such vehicles over the next few decades. Meanwhile, some automakers have announced plans to shift their lineups exclusively to hybrid or electric vehicles. California should join the effort and move toward banning sales of new carbon-emitting vehicles as soon as is practical. And maybe even a little sooner.

Los Angeles Times / 11.01.2017

Former EPA administrator: Don’t reverse clean car standards

Everyone’s talking about the Trump administration’s plan to repeal the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. They should be. However, another alarming rollback and important anniversary are speeding by unnoticed.  Oct. 15th was the 5th anniversary of the U.S. clean car standards. They’re cutting tailpipe pollution, boosting fuel efficiency in cars, saving families at the pump and helping combat the climate change that is making extreme weather like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria more destructive.

The Hill / 10.24.2017

Automakers shouldn’t fight emissions standards

G.M., Ford and other automakers agreed to these standards in 2010, but now industry allies in Congress have introduced legislation that would weaken them, and the Trump administration has "reopened" these standards for review, an ominous first step to potentially gutting them and stalling progress on cleaner cars and a healthier environment.

New York Times / 10.23.2017