Cleaning our air and fighting global warming

Exhaust from cars and trucks pollutes our air and contributes to climate change. Dirty air from vehicles makes tens of thousands of Californians sick, and costs us billions in avoidable health costs. Dependence on oil means Californians have no place to turn when gas prices rise. Transitioning to cleaner and more efficient cars, trucks and buses will benefit every Californian.

Charging ahead with a strong coalition of allies

That’s why we’ve launched a campaign to place one million light, medium and heavy-duty electric vehicles on California’s roads over the next ten years and ensure that all Californians, especially lower income households in communities most impacted by air pollution, benefit from zero tailpipe emissions. Together with our partners—the Coalition for Clean Air, Communities for a Better Environment, The Greenlining Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council—we celebrated the launch of the Charge Ahead California campaign in November 2013.

Now we’re working with our allies to direct current polluter fees on oil companies to fund existing, highly successful purchase incentive programs and to increase access to zero-emission transportation in disadvantaged communities.

Together, we can lead the clean vehicle revolution

Reducing air pollution, improving our heath and saving money. The benefits of transitioning to cleaner vehicles are tremendous, but we’re up against the oil industry, which wants to keep us addicted to their dirty fuel. We need your support to push past the oil industry and charge ahead to a cleaner, healthier future for all Californians. Join our campaign by taking action online now!

Issue updates

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Opinion: California needs to shut down all oil drilling operations | Laura Deehan

This Opinion Editorial was special to the East Bay Times
PUBLISHED: October 12, 2021 at 5:15 a.m. | UPDATED: October 12, 2021 at 5:20 a.m.

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Report | Environment California Research and Policy Center

Trouble in the Air

Despite much progress in reducing levels of air pollution in the U.S., millions of Americans are exposed to unhealthy levels of pollution every year. Ozone and small particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5), among other pollutants, are widespread in the U.S. and have serious health effects. 

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News Release | Environment California Research and Policy Center

New report: 28 Million Californians Experienced Over 100 Days of Dirty Air in 2020

California – Over 28 million Californians —about 70% of the state’s population— experienced over 100 days of unhealthy air quality in 2020, according to a new report from Environment California Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and CALPIRG Education Fund. Air pollution increases the risk of premature death, asthma attacks, cancer and other adverse health impacts, and causes 34,000 deaths every year in California.

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News Release | Environment California

Statement: Massive oil spill off Southern California coast harming wildlife

A broken pipeline has spewed more than one hundred thousand gallons of oil into the ocean near Huntington Beach, California, closing the beach and forcing the cancellation of the final day of the Pacific Air Show.

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National Drive Electric Week 2021: California Must Charge Ahead to an EV-Friendly Future | Benjamin Grundy

National Drive Electric Week 2021 is September 25 to October 3rd. Check out this video of local and state officials who support California going #EV!

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