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Photo: Jimmy O'Dea

Leadership from California mayors on climate change, air quality, and public transit

, vehicles analyst

What do the Super Bowl, national parks, and California mayors have in common? If you guessed electric buses, you’re right. Electric buses offer significant benefits for air quality and climate change compared to diesel and natural gas buses. And the impacts of pollution from heavy-duty combustion vehicles are large, despite these vehicles making up a small fraction of vehicles on the road. This is one reason so many cities across the country are beginning to adopt zero-emission buses. Read more >

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Photo: Luis Castilla

How Freight Impacts Communities Across California

, vehicles analyst

Today, UCS and the California Cleaner Freight Coalition (CCFC) released a video highlighting the impacts of freight across California. This video – and longer cuts of individual interviews here – touch on the many communities across California affected by freight.

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Photo: Luis Castilla
Photo: Jimmy O'Dea
Photo: Jimmy O'Dea
Photo: Jimmy O'Dea
Photos: Jimmy O'Dea
Photos: Jimmy O'Dea
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Photo: Atomic Hot Links/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 (Flickr)

Warehouses As an Environmental Justice Issue

Quan Yuan, Ph.D. candidate in Planning and Policy Development, , UCS

When we think of locally undesirable land uses, we often think of large power plants, puffing single plumes of pollution. But many plumes of pollution from trucks traveling to and from warehouses can have equally large impacts on health. Read more >

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San Ardo Oil Field, Monterey County, CA. Photo: Loco Steve CC-BY-SA 2.0 (Flickr).

California’s Cap-and-Trade Program and Low Carbon Fuel Standard Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

, Western states policy manager

Policymakers are considering how California should cut global warming emissions by 40% between 2020 and 2030, and whether to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program beyond 2020. The oil industry supports the cap-and-trade program but wants to roll back California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. They argue the two policies just don’t mix—like oil and water, you might say. However, I see the two policies more like peanut butter and jelly—they are good on their own but so much better together. Read more >

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Several BMW i3 electric cars at Crissy Field, San Francisco. The model with the range-extender option displays California's CAV (Clean Air Vehicle) green decal. The all-electric model displays the white decal. Photo: loadrunner235/Mariordo CC BY-SA 2.0 (Wikimedia).

What Will It Take for Automakers to Meet California’s EV Requirements? Not as Much as You Might Think.

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulation has been instrumental in catalyzing the EV market, and has also long been a source of complaint for automakers. But, automakers are demonstrating they can meet 2025 ZEV targets that requires them to sell less than 8% new EVs—and that meeting these targets is good for business. Read more >

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