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California Could Pass Innovative Legislation on Key Climate, Energy and Transportation Issues

, Western states policy manager

California has a well-earned reputation as a world leader in promoting clean energy and other solutions to climate change. However, as anyone paying attention to the climate crisis knows, we have far more work to do. Fortunately, the California Legislature is considering many bills in 2018 that would further address climate change. With three and half months until the Legislature adjourns for the year, UCS is working with lawmakers to make progress on a suite of policy prescriptions to promote renewable energy, clean transportation, and better preparedness for climate change impacts. Read more >

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UCS Joins Lawsuit to Stop Pruitt from Rolling Back Clean Car Standards

, senior policy and legal analyst, Clean Vehicles

UCS joined a coalition of non-profit organizations in filing a lawsuit to challenge EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s attempt to roll back a regulation designed to improve vehicle gas mileage, save you money, and tackle transportation-related emissions, the biggest source of climate change pollution in the U.S. Read more >

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Automakers Pretend President Trump Isn’t Giving Them Exactly What They Asked For—We Don’t Buy it.

, senior vehicles analyst

Today, automakers are meeting with President Trump to discuss his administration’s plans to rollback fuel efficiency and emissions standards on light-duty vehicles. Since reports of the proposal first began to leak, we’ve seen a number of statements from automakers claiming that this wasn’t what they asked for.  Unfortunately, these statements ring hollow—and their own proposals explain why. Read more >

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Man in a wheelchair getting inside a car.

What is the Connection Between New Mobility and Transportation Equity?

, Kendall Science Fellow

Will self-driving cars help or hurt the mobility of low-income people and people of color? Read more >

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Regulators Should Think Twice Before Handing Out Pollution Credits for Self-Driving Cars

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

A new report out by Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) suggests that automakers should get credits towards meeting emission and fuel economy standards for connected and automated vehicles (AVs) and related advanced driver assist systems—technologies that may or may not save any fuel. Doing so would not only increase pollution and fuel use, but would seriously undermine the integrity and enforceability of regulations that have delivered enormous benefits to our environment, our pocketbooks, and our national security.  Read more >

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