News Archives: September 2017

California lawmaker wants to ban gas car sales after 2040

France and the United Kingdom are doing it. So is India. And now one lawmaker would like California to follow their lead in phasing out gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles. When the Legislature returns in January, Assemblyman Phil Ting plans to introduce a bill that would ban the sale of new cars powered by internal-combustion engines after 2040. The San Francisco Democrat said it’s essential to get California drivers into an electric fleet if the state is going to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets, since the transportation sector accounts for more than a third of all emissions.

/ 09.29.2017

California Considers Following China With Combustion-Engine Car Ban

Get ready to scrap your gas guzzler. And your gas sipper, too. California’s chief air-pollution regulator said this week the state is considering a ban on cars fueled by internal-combustion engines. While the ban would be at least a decade away, Mary Nichols, the chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, said putting California motorists in an all-electric fleet would help the state meet its ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Tailpipes generate more than one-third of all greenhouse gases, according to state data, and so far only a small fraction of California’s motorists drive electric vehicles.

/ 09.27.2017

U.S. Climate Change Policy: Made in California

The Trump administration may appear to control climate policy in Washington, but the nation’s most dynamic environmental regulator is here in California. Mary D. Nichols, California’s electric-car-driving, hoodie-wearing, 72-year-old air quality regulator, is pressing ahead with a far-reaching agenda of environmental and climate actions. She says she will not let the Trump administration stand in her way. As chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, or CARB, Ms. Nichols is the de facto enforcer of the single biggest step the United States has taken to combat the effects of climate change: standards adopted under the Obama administration that mandate a deep cut in emissions from the 190 million passenger cars on America’s roads. Together, those vehicles regularly emit more earth-warming gases than the country’s power plants.

/ 09.27.2017

California Considers Following China With Combustion-Engine Car Ban

The internal combustion engine’s days may be numbered in California, where officials are mulling whether a ban on sales of polluting autos is needed to achieve long-term targets for cleaner air. Governor Jerry Brown has expressed an interest in barring the sale of vehicles powered by internal-combustion engines, Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board, said in an interview Friday at Bloomberg headquarters in New York.

/ 09.26.2017

California Sets Demands for Auto-Emission Talks With Trump

California may re-open discussions on its greenhouse gas limits for cars and trucks for 2025, so long as automakers and the Trump administration embrace significantly tougher targets the state is seeking for later years. Automakers have “a whole laundry list of things they’ve asked for” to ease the state’s standards leading up to 2025, and California is willing to at least discuss reviving talks, Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, said in an interview Friday at Bloomberg News headquarters in New York. Michael Catanzaro, a White House special assistant, called her recently to get conversations with the administration started, she said. “The price of getting us to the table is talking about post-2025,” she said. “California remains convinced that there was no need to initiate this new review of the review and that the technical work was fully adequate to justify going ahead with the existing program, but we’re willing to talk about specific areas if there were legitimate concerns the companies raised -- in the context of a bigger discussion about where we’re going post-2025.”  

/ 09.22.2017

Public dumps on Trump plan to reconsider automobile fuel economy standards

Nearly everyone who offered testimony at the Environmental Protection Agency hearing strongly supported the current standards, which call for a fleet average of about 40 miles per gallon in real-world driving by 2025, up from the mid-20s today.

/ 09.06.2017

BlueGreen Leaders Urge EPA to Keep Strong Fuel Economy Standards

At an EPA hearing on fuel economy standards, United Steelworker members and the BlueGreen Alliance urged the agency to keep strong standards for model year 2022-2025 light-duty cars, trucks, and SUVs.

/ 09.06.2017

Environmental and health groups gear up to defend Obama EPA’s gas-mileage standards

In another sign that the Trump administration intends to chart a starkly different course on climate change, the EPA announced plans earlier this year to withdraw the Obama administration’s final decision on strict fuel-efficiency standards for future cars and light trucks.

/ 09.06.2017