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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Wrong way for the climate: 350,000 oppose rollback of Clean Cars Standards

Given the alarming ways our climate is changing, doesn't it make sense for automakers to focus on making cars that pollute far less, if at all?

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Vote NO on Prop 6 on the California ballot | Dan Jacobson

If you are worried about climate change, you should vote NO on Prop 6 to stop the repeal on the statewide gas tax increase. We’re asking you to vote no on Prop 6 because it’s imperative that we both use less gas and invest in transportation solutions.

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At climate summit, state leaders plug into clean electric buses

When it comes to innovative clean technology, seeing is believing. That's why, at the Global Climate Summit in California, Environment America teamed up with Proterra, a leading innovator in electric transportation, to kick off the September event with a tour billed as "States plug in to electric buses."

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From Fresno to Dearborn to Pittsburgh, Americans stand up for clean cars

With the country's Clean Cars standards at stake, Americans turned out to stand up for cleaner air and a more stable climate.

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Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Electric Buses: Clean Transportation for Healthier Communities and Cleaner Air

The good news is that America can clean up its buses by making them electric. All-electric buses are here, and they’re cleaner, healthier and often cheaper for transit agencies, school districts and bus contractors to run in the long-term.

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