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.
El Niño is not expected to end the California drought but ‘atmospheric rivers’ might help.
Forecasters say the chances are diminishing that El Niño will bring rain to California.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District's shade tree program has been around for 25 years. In spite of the drought, the utility says it will continue to fund the program for at least another two years because of the benefits trees provide.
Environmental groups say the recent California Legislative session was a big win for coastal protection, clean water among other issues.
The City of Sacramento wants to continue a washing machine rebate program that started in 2009 until the end of the decade.