Opinion: California clean car rules have cleaned the air, saved consumers money
When California air quality regulators meet on Friday to review the state’s Advanced Clean Cars program, automakers will likely argue that continuing to produce low-emission vehicles over the next eight years would be too burdensome. However, automakers are meeting existing clean-car standards today and have the technology to go much farther.
San Jose Mercury News / 03.21.2017
GOVERNOR CUOMO LAUNCHES $70 MILLION ELECTRIC CAR REBATE AND OUTREACH INITIATIVE
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched a $70 million electric car rebate and outreach initiative to encourage the growth of clean and non-polluting electric car use in New York and promote the reduction of carbon emissions in the transportation sector. The Drive Clean rebates are now available to all New York residents who buy eligible cars through participating new car dealers. "Reducing vehicle emissions is a critical part of this administration’s efforts to fight climate change and reduce New York’s carbon footprint,” Governor Cuomo said. "These highly-anticipated rebates will make electric vehicles more affordable and accessible and support this state’s nation-leading efforts to build a cleaner, greener New York for generations to come."
NGT News / 03.21.2017
The California-U.S. brawl over auto emissions has begun
Under the Clean Air Act, California has explicit permission to set emissions standards that can be more stringent than the federal government’s. Because California accounts for more than 10% of all auto sales in the country, its rules effectively can become the national benchmark; the state’s rule calling for zero-emission cars to represent 15% of sales by 2025, for instance, already has been adopted by nine other states. Those 10 states account for one-third of all auto and light-truck sales in the U.S., helping to spur electric-vehicle programs at Ford, GM, Volkswagen and other manufacturers.
Los Angeles Times / 03.20.2017
Don’t Drag California Back to the Bad Old Days
The Golden State led the effort to cut emissions, years before the Clean Air Act – and Republicans were among the champions of that effort. In the 1960s, you couldn’t see the skyline of Los Angeles through the smog; more recently, the city has had some of its best years on record for ozone and particulate pollution. And while the air quality isn’t healthy in much of the Central Valley, particularly in the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, it’s better than it once was.
Sacramento Bee / 03.20.2017
Weakened fuel standards wrong turn
As industry leaders gathered in Detroit last week for a conference on vehicle fuel economy, the Trump administration has said it is poised to roll back the standards that make cars go farther on less gas and save consumers money. But further improving fuel economy is actually a no-brainer. While the administration highlights the cost of improvements, the evidence shows that benefits of the new standards far outweigh them. Reasonable, well-paced and structured fuel economy gains help drive economic growth, including auto sales, and keep more money in consumers’ pockets.
Detroit News / 03.19.2017
Trump’s vehicle emissions plan: Make California smoggy again
President Trump announced Wednesday that his administration would reconsider the aggressive vehicle fuel economy targets that were approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama — setting the stage, perhaps, for revoking the standards altogether. That would not only mean more greenhouse gas emissions and a less robust battle against global warming, but it would also slow the rollout of less polluting, more fuel efficient cars on American roads.
Los Angeles Times / 03.16.2017
Reversing course on fuel standards is bad for America
To ensure clean air and a healthy climate for our families – not to mention creating more high-paying jobs for the next great generation – we need to put vehicle emissions safeguards in the fast lane, not shift to reverse.
Currently, passenger cars account for about 47 percent of all the oil we burn in the U.S. and more than 16 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. In California, transportation is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, and passenger vehicles compose 70 percent of this pollution. More than 90 percent of Californians live in areas that fail to meet federal air quality standards, and more than 5 million Californians have asthma.