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 new poll shows Californians support the goals of the state’s landmark law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. it also found that Californians want state and local governments to do more when it comes to the drought.
Mandatory statewide water conservation rules have ended in California. But Sacramento-area users conserved 22 percent in June, compared to June 2013.
A UC Davis researcher has used pigeons to track lead pollution in New York City and plans to do the same in California cities and agricultural areas.
The state of Nevada will pay $120,000 to settle a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency complaint about storm water runoff pollution in Reno.
California is in the fifth consecutive year of drought, but state water managers ended mandatory conservation rules. Local water suppliers now determine conservation rates, and some have low or no targets. A water expert says that's 'shortsighted.'