The bill would prioritize putting the low emission vehicles in low-income communities, which tend to be located near highways and ports. Dan Jacobson with Environment California.
“The largest amounts of air pollution and the largest amounts of global warming pollution come from some of our trucks and buses and freight trains,” says Dan Jacobson with Environment California.
But, Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposes spending about one-third of a $200 million low carbon transportation fund on high-speed rail. He says that will help get more cars off the roads.
Adrian Martinez with Earth Justice says short term solutions like green buses and trucks should come first.
“We’re kind of at a tipping point where the state really needs to invest in this technology to make sure that we can meet our climate and air quality goals.”
About 25 percent of Brown’s carbon reduction transportation proposal is directed at low-income communities.
Gov. Brown attended the first UN Climate Conference held since President Donald Trump said he will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
A year after California enacted a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, environmental groups say early data show a significant dip in plastic trash.
A collection of environmental, fishing and whitewater groups recommends changes to dam management in a new report, issued in response to the failure of the main spillway at Lake Oroville in February.
Traditional methods to cool cows use 11,000 gallons of water per cow per year. UC Davis researchers are trying out new techniques that use less resources.
Caltrans is worried about the possibility of dead trees falling onto some California highways. The agency has already removed 107,000 trees. Now the agency is getting ready to remove another 54,000 trees, including some on private land.