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

News Release | Environment America

Statement: U.S. officially rejoins the international Paris Agreement

WASHINGTON -- The United States officially rejoined the international Paris Agreement on Friday. The act brings America back into a key accord aimed at reducing planet-warming emissions. 

Environment America had called on Biden to prioritize rejoining the Paris Agreement on his first day in office in the "First Things to Fix" report. The report presented 20 actions for the Biden administration to undertake in early days of office to undo the Trump administration’s rollbacks of environmental laws and protections.

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News Release | Environment California

Statement: Chevron oil spill in Richmond is completely unacceptable

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chevron’s Richmond refinery leaked approximately 600 gallons of a gasoline mixture into the San Francisco and San Pablo bays. The spill, which was discovered late Tuesday afternoon, is believed to have come from Chevron’s “long wharf” tanker terminal.

Environment California State Director Laura Deehan issued the following statement:

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News Release | Environment California

Statement: Chevron oil spill in Richmond is completely unacceptable

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chevron’s Richmond refinery leaked approximately 600 gallons of a gasoline mixture into the San Francisco and San Pablo bays. The spill, which was discovered late Tuesday afternoon, is believed to have come from Chevron’s “long wharf” tanker terminal.

Environment California State Director Laura Deehan issued the following statement:

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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. 

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Report | Environment California Research and Policy Center

Accelerating the Transition to Electric School Buses

THE VAST MAJORITY of school buses in the United States run on diesel, a fossil fuel that has been shown to cause numerous health problems, including asthma, bronchitis, and cancer. Diesel exhaust is also a greenhouse gas, which contributes to climate change. However, there is an alternative: zero-emission battery electric school buses.

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