Air pollution allegedly kills 21,000 Californians every year. Most of these fatalities are attributed to road transportation, or building emissions. According to the American Lung Association, vehicle emissions cost California $15 billion a year in health and climate impacts. The state legislature is considering a law that would require all new passenger vehicles sold in California after Jan. 1, 2040 to produce zero emissions. Catherine Rehesis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association, claims this “would come at the expense of those who can afford it the least both financially and in lifestyle – California’s lower and middle class working families.” Janelle London, Co-Executive Director of Coltura, explains why AB 1745 is better for California.
On June 1, 2016, the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California joined British Columbia’s Environment Minister and representatives from six West Coast cities, in the Borgia Room of San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel, to sign what history may show was a key milestone in the struggle to mount a concerted defence against the ravages of global temperature rise. The 2016 Pacific Coast Climate Leadership Action Plan has a strong emphasis on issues like ocean acidification; the integration of clean energy into the power grid; “support for efforts by the insurance industry and regulatory system to highlight the economic costs of climate change; and so-called “super pollutants” (also known as short-lived climate pollutants).” This sounds good, but do the Pacific Coast’s “Climate Leaders” mean business?
It has been nine months since the Governments of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia embarked upon a shared initiative. In their joint press release, group spokesperson Governor Kate Brown explained “The West Coast Electric Fleets initiative leads the way in helping fleets scale up zero-emission vehicles to reach our goal that, by 2016, 10 percent of all new purchases are electric vehicles.” How is the West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative Doing?
The US Omnibus Bill was passed by overwhelming majorities in both the Senate (65 to 33) and House of Representatives (316 to 113). America’s solar and wind sectors are now assured they will receive incentives for another five years, but there is a lot to be concerned about in legislation. I agree with Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska’s (Rep.) summation of the process behind the omnibus bill: the American people deserve better. Continue reading Omnibus Bill: The American People Deserve Better→