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 California

Renewable Energy Legislative Wins in 2009

The California State Legislature took another giant step toward building a clean energy future with the passage of five significant clean energy bills that will continue California’s leadership in promoting clean renewable energy.

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Report | Environment California

Energy Efficiency in the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009: Impacts of Current Provisions and Opportunities to Enhance the Legislation

In June 2009, the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES). This climate and energy legislation included a number of provisions intended to help the U.S. reduce energy use through various energy efficiency measures.

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News Release | Environment California

33% by 2020 RPS Bill Advances

The California State Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee passed SB 14 (Simitian), the 33% by 3030 Renewable Portfolio Standard bill this evening. The bill promises to be the biggest environmental bill of the year, though it was amended tonight in a way that created problems for environmentalists to support the bill.

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News Release | Environment California

Groups, Legislators Call for Passage of 33% by 2020 Bill

Standing in front of a giant, fourteen foot wind turbine on the steps of the State Capitol, environmental groups and state legislators called for passage of a bill that will triple California’s use of clean, renewable electricity.  The prop, made by Environment California, is on a statewide tour traveling through cities from Sacramento to San Diego to bring attention to the 33% by 2020 renewable electricity standard policy moving through the state legislature.

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Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

The High Cost of Fossil Fuels

Between 2010 and 2030, California will spend as much as $2,911 billion on oil, coal, and other fossil fuels - 2.9 times the total earnings of all California workers in 2007. At the same time, pollution from fossil fuels is the number one source of air and global warming pollution and a leading source of water pollution, said Environment California Research and Policy Center's in their new report.

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