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.
A program will begin soon in the Eldorado National Forest to remove live or dead vegetation to prevent the spread of wildfires.
The Sacramento Suburban Water District is asking customers to voluntarily cut outdoor watering to one day a week this fall as other water providers move to mandatory restrictions.
The increase in the number of wildfires in California and the western U.S. may partly be caused by climate change.
The San Joaquin Valley enjoyed three weeks of healthy air in July for the first time in 20 years.
The California Fish and Game Commission voted Wednesday to ban bobcat trapping in the state.