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A California Bill Has Entered Debate Over Cap & Trade Spending

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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. 

 

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