News Release | Environment California

Statement: Biden moves toward allowing California to return to setting stricter vehicle emission standards

Our statement on the Biden Administration announcement to allow California to set stronger tailpipe emission standards than the federal government. 

Testimony: Clean Energy in California, SB 423

By | Dan Jacobson
Senior Advisor

Dan Jacobson, senior advisor to Environment California testified in the Senate Environmental Quality committee about a bill to expand renewal energy resources, SB 423 by Sen. Stern. Here is his testimony

News Release | Environment California Research and Policy Center

New report outlines how utility companies can help pay for electric school buses

Oakland -- The vast majority of school buses in the United States run on diesel, a climate-polluting fossil fuel that releases toxic fumes linked to life-threatening health problems such as asthma, bronchitis and cancer. Emitting over 5.3 million tons of greenhouse gases per year, not only are diesel buses bad for our children’s health, they’re also bad for the climate. However, there is a cleaner, safer and more long-term budget-friendly alternative: zero-emission electric school buses.  To protect our children’s health and environment, U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Environment America Research & Policy Center has released a new report to identify new, cutting-edge ways that utility companies can assist school districts in paying for zero-emission buses, and how schools can reap the long-term benefits. 

Report | Environment California

Environment California Legislative Agenda for 2021

Here is Environment California's Legislative Agenda for the 2021 session. 

News Release | Environment California

Statement: President Biden to make important strides in climate action

WASHINGTON -- President Joseph Biden released a far-reaching plan Wednesday that outlined the actions his administration will take to tackle climate change both domestically and internationally. With the scientific target squarely in focus -- reaching net zero emissions by 2050 in order to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius -- the new administration laid out elements of a roadmap for the nation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in sectors across society, from agriculture to manufacturing.

News Release | Environment California

Governor Newsom’s proposed 2021 budget promises big wins for clean air and staving off the worst impacts of climate change

Gov. Gav. Newsom recently proposed $1.5 billion dollars be invested in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. The purpose of this commitment is to facilitate his Sept. 23 executive order that required only new EV cars and passenger trucks be sold in California by 2035.

News Release | Environment California

Statement: Trump administration officially pulls the U.S. out of the international Paris Agreement setting back climate progress

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration officially pulled the United States out of the international Paris Agreement on climate change Wednesday.  Although announced previously, the withdrawal could only be finalized as soon as the day after the presidential election.

News Release | Environment California

Statement: Gov. Newsom’s climate-focused executive order is a victory for the environment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Thursday morning an executive order requiring all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California be zero-emission vehicles by 2035. The transportation sector in California accounts for more than 50 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. According to Gov. Newsom, this action will result in a “35 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and an 80 percent improvement in oxides of nitrogen emissions from cars statewide.”

On Aug. 27 and 28, the California Air Resources Board took  a big step in the right direction when it comes to making our planet safer. In two new rulings, the board not only made a decision that will help stave off the worst impacts of global warming, but it also made progress in ensuring we have  cleaner air. 

News Release | Environment California

Statement: Senate committee releases ambitious new climate report

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis released a long-awaited report Tuesday, making the case for comprehensive climate solutions that would meet the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This scientific target, set in 2018 by the International Panel on Climate Change, would keep the Earth from warming more than 1.5 degrees, avoiding the worst impacts of global warming. 

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