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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California bans the sale of new gas-powered cars in 2035, the state’s latest bold action on climate | Dan Jacobson

The move — an action called for by our Destination: Zero Carbon campaign — attacks the source of half of the Golden State’s global warming pollution.

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Thinking of buying an electric car? Charging it is about to get easier. | Katrina Riley

If you’re considering taking the plunge and buying an electric vehicle (EV), making the switch is about to become easier. Many prospective EV-buyers, however, are rightfully concerned about vehicle range and charging accessibility — if there’s nowhere to charge, there’s nowhere to go. Fortunately, more charging stations are coming soon to California.

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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. With this executive order, California becomes the first state in the country to set a sales ban on gas-powered cars. 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.”

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California Air Resources Board acts wisely with two recent clean air actions | Dan Jacobson

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. 

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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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