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Inequitable Exposure to Air Pollution from Vehicles in Maryland

, Senior vehicles engineer

Most people know that cars, trucks, and buses from our highways and city streets are a significant source of harmful air pollution. While this pollution impacts all communities in the state to some degree, Marylanders who face the greatest exposure to transportation pollution are those who live near highways, along major freight corridors, and in urban areas.

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TCI is a Strategy to Enforce Limits on Transportation Pollution

, policy analyst

The Baker administration may be on the verge of leading the Northeast towards a major advance in climate policy.

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), if successful, would establish the region’s first mandatory and enforceable limits on pollution from transportation, now the largest source of emissions.in Massachusetts and the Northeast.

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General Motors is attacking California's ability to set emissions regulations, but its Chevy Malibu is proof that GM can meet strong 2025 standards. Chevrolet

While GM Fights Stronger Standards, Its Chevy Malibu Proves It Can Meet Them

, senior vehicles analyst

Recently General Motors, Fiat-Chrysler, Toyota, and other automakers sided with the Trump administration to fight California’s ability to set strong emissions standards. While this fight tramples all over the Clean Air Act and state leadership, GM and others are pushing the administration to rollback the One National Program we already have so that it can be replaced with a much weaker one. The Chevy Malibu is set to be redesigned in the coming years—by 2025, the next-generation Malibu can meet the One National Program of strong vehicle efficiency standards we have today, saving hundreds of dollars for its customers in the process. Read more >

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Ford's entry level crossover isn't living up yet to its "eco" name, but by 2025 it could be. Ford Media Center

How Ford Can Use Global Innovation to Put the “Eco” into its Entry-Level Vehicle, the Ecosport

, senior vehicles analyst

Ford, unfortunately, is abandoning the car market, with the 2020 model year marking the final year of its lone sedan offering, the Fusion, and the Fiesta not even getting a 2020 model year. This makes its subcompact crossover, the Ecosport, the company’s lowest-priced offering. Unfortunately, any cost-conscious consumer interested in a low base price and high fuel economy will have to look elsewhere thanks to the Ecosport’s thirsty 25-28 mpg. While the current Ecosport is anything but economical at the pump, Ford has an opportunity to green up its cheapest vehicle for 2025 and save its customers a few greenbacks in the process. Read more >

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Vote Yes on San Francisco Proposition D

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

 

Proposition D is a chance for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to contribute to a better transportation system in San Francisco.  We at the Union of Concerned Scientists are supporting Proposition D, together with a long list of other supporters, including Uber and Lyft themselves, Mayor London Breed, the entire San Francisco Board of Supervisors, 25 other elected leaders, the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board, and 26 organizations committed to transit riders, bicycling and walking, tenants, and retirees, among other interests.

Read on for more information about what Proposition D will do and why this measure is important for reducing traffic and pollution and increasing safety and clean transportation choices. Most importantly, don’t forget to turn in your ballot by November 5, and to vote YES on Proposition D.

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