News Archives: June 2017

California’s Clean Air Act waiver should be yanked, Trump’s former environmental advisor says

The head of President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency may not be prepared to battle California over air regulations, but the man who led Trump's transition team for the department is ready. Myron Ebell, who works at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington and helped devise Trump's environmental agenda, said California should not be allowed to set its own standards for greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes.

/ 06.20.2017

Why California’s Climate Change Fight Is Also About Public Health

...leaders in California have set ambitious targets for moving to electric vehicles. An executive order signed by Brown in 2012 calls for 1.5 million zero emission vehicles by 2025, and the state has funded infrastructure initiatives meant to advance the goal. "LA is kind of the perfect place to become the electric vehicle capital of the world: we have lots of passenger vehicles, we have lots of transit buses," says Adrian Martinez, an attorney at the environmental law firm Earthjustice. "Electrification of our transportation sector is critical."

/ 06.16.2017

Trump administration backs away from fight over California’s power to set rules for cars and trucks

The Trump administration is backing off its threat to revoke California’s unique authority to set its own tough pollution standards for cars and trucks — rules that have become a crucial tool for states to combat climate change without help from Washington. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt assured lawmakers on Thursday that his agency is not currently looking to take away the power that California has used for decades to reduce emissions that cause smog and heat up the planet.

/ 06.16.2017

Trump’s toughest climate foe takes clean-car crusade to China

With President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate pact, the leader of the U.S. state with the strictest clean-car rules is turning toward Beijing in his longtime mission to stem automotive pollution. California Governor Jerry Brown departs Friday for China, where he'll urge the world's most populous country and largest car market to take environmental cues from Sacramento, not the U.S. capital. Brown -- an anti-smog crusader since a previous term as governor starting in 1975 -- is now 79 with less than two years left to serve. His gambit in China could create an environmental legacy beyond what he could hope to accomplish in California itself.

/ 06.02.2017