By Jim Frazier | PUBLISHED: November 15, 2018 at 8:41 am | UPDATED: November 15, 2018 at 8:49 am With the defeat of Proposition 6, California has renewed its commitment to rebuilding our roads, bridges, and highways while creating tens of thousands of jobs. Prop. 6 had been placed on the 2018 election ballot to repeal a 12-cent tax on gasoline which the Legislature enacted last year to fund urgently needed road repair and other infrastructure improvements. By rejecting the repeal of this tax, the voters have put their faith in us, their elected representatives, to responsibly and prudently apply this funding to its best and most transparent uses in the public interest. It is paramount that we honor that trust by reining in another cost at the gas pump – which is far bigger and far less accountable than the gas tax. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is proposing a new regulation that may impose skyrocketing costs on Californians’ fuel, energy, and other … [Read more...] about Opinion: With climate law, legislators said control costs; but CARB said no
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John Lippert and Gabrielle Coppola, Bloomberg Published 8:14 am PDT, Monday, October 29, 2018 Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board, speaks during the CARB 50th Anniversary Technology Symposium and Showcase in Riverside, Calif., on May 17, 2018. Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board, speaks during the CARB 50th Anniversary Technology Symposium and Showcase in Riverside, Calif., on May 17, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Dania Maxwell. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Dania Maxwell. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board, speaks during the CARB 50th Anniversary Technology Symposium and Showcase in Riverside, Calif., on May 17, 2018. Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board, speaks during the CARB … [Read more...] about California Has allies tug-of-war with Trump over electric cars
Dino Grandoni, The Washington Post Published 7:13 am PDT, Tuesday, July 31, 2018 WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has drafted a plan to freeze fuel-efficiency standards for the nation's cars and light trucks, reversing the Obama-era push for cleaner vehicles and marking one of President Donald Trump's most significant regulatory rollbacks to date. As part of the far-reaching proposal expected to be released this week, the White House will also attempt to revoke California's ability to set stricter tailpipe standards than those of the federal government. The move would set up an intense legal fight against California - and more than a dozen other states and the District of Columbia - that have adopted its standards and upend a policy that lawmakers of both parties have largely supported over the past half-century. Although California officials and the Trump administration have clashed repeatedly over environmental policies, the state's unique ability to write its … [Read more...] about Energy 202: Reagan fought for California’s right to require tough fuel standards. Trump might try to reverse it.
By Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards | PUBLISHED: July 25, 2018 at 6:15 am | UPDATED: July 25, 2018 at 6:20 am In 1969, the year before the Clean Air Act was enacted, American cars on average got an abysmal 12.0 miles per gallon. They ran on leaded gas and spewed dirty exhaust into the air. For the past 50 years, California has used its federal waiver under the Clean Air Act to set tougher fuel economy standards for the state, forcing automakers to innovate for the benefit of all. The Trump administration is expected to announce later this week that it will seek to revoke California’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars. This is no time to take a step backward in the battle for cleaner air, reduced reliance on fossil fuels and against climate change. If Trump follows through as expected, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra should fight for the state’s right to combat air pollution. And Californians should use … [Read more...] about Editorial: California must fight Trump on fuel efficiency standards
Bloomberg reported Monday. It is likely the proposal, which is expected to come out this week, would trigger a high-stakes legal fight between the federal government and the nation’s largest car market. The Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The proposed overhauls would cap federal fuel economy requirements at the 2020 average level of 35 miles per gallon, instead of mandating that it surpass 50 miles per gallon by 2025. The Obama administration set those standards as part of a 2012 agreement with automakers to dramatically scale up fuel efficiency and reduce emissions from the nation’s top source of climate-changing pollution. Automakers celebrated the 2012 deal at the time. It compromised with California’s far stricter standards, allowing car companies to manufacture American vehicles to one national standard. Under the Clean Air Act, California is … [Read more...] about Trump EPA plans to revoke California’s smog-fighting power: Report