A lot of things have changed with the pandemic and many of us are gleaning a sliver of hope from the news of cleaner air, lower carbon emissions and the resilience and rebound of nature and wildlife in the face of human retreat to our homes. But one thing hasn’t changed: Even with vehicle and industrial emissions falling, the climate crisis remains as huge of a threat as ever. … [Read more...] about Should we care about conservation during a pandemic?
According to Feuer, the previous standards required improvements to the fuel economy and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from passenger cars and light trucks. Since the standards were introduced in 2010, gas consumers have saved money, reduced harmful emissions and helped protect public health, he said. … [Read more...] about LA Sues EPA Over Rollback On Clean Air Protection
Scaling back oil regulators Newsom has abandoned a proposal to hire more regulators to police the oil and gas industry. He has withdrawn a plan for the Department of Conservation to spend $24 million a year to hire 128 more staffers, including geologists and engineers. … [Read more...] about Gavin Newsom’s environmental budget cuts escalate tensions with California activists
SACRAMENTO — California is on the verge of spending $1.5 million to study what it would take to “significantly reduce” emissions from vehicles — including phasing out new gasoline-powered cars — after a San Francisco legislator used a budget maneuver to bring the idea back from the dead. … [Read more...] about California idea to study phasing out gas-powered cars wins new life
On March 31, 2020, the Trump Administration announced its final rule rolling back the Clean Car Standards. The rule takes aim at the corporate average fuel efficiency standards, requiring automakers to make only minimal improvements to fuel economy—on the order of 1.5 percent annually instead of the previously anticipated annual increase of approximately 5 percent. The rule also guts the requirements to reduce vehicles' greenhouse gas emissions, allowing hundreds of millions of metric tons of avoidable carbon emissions into our atmosphere over the next decade. … [Read more...] about Attorney General Tong Files Lawsuit Challenging Trump Admin