Democrats flesh out Green New Deal with bill to end sales of gas-burning cars by 2040

by Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffpost Just days after carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere hit a level not seen in 800,000 years, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is proposing a bill to completely phase out new gas-burning cars by 2040. The legislation mandates zero-emissions vehicles to make up 50% of new sales by 2030, and ratchets […]

Electric buses offer massive climate savings

Electric buses can reduce carbon emissions and fossil fuel consumption more quickly than cars. Far more quickly! Not only is as bus obviously much bigger than a car, it spends the better part of the day on the move, while cars are parked 95% of the time. Whereas the average passenger car travels between 10-12,000 […]

Charging up EVs at work: Show me the money!

A Webinar for employees, managers, and EV enthusiasts How can local businesses get help to pay for the installation of EV chargers at their facilities, and why should they even care? These are the questions that will be answered at a free webinar, scheduled for March 13, at 11 am PT. To sign up, click […]

BayCLIC tackles transportation

The Bay Area Climate Literacy Impact Collaborative (BayCLIC) is a professional network dedicated to ensuring that visitors to the Bay Area’s array of renowned educational institutions learn about the core elements of climate change and feel both motivated and empowered to take action. The Center for Climate Protection plays a support role for BayCLIC, facilitating […]

Detroit show has SUVs, horsepower, but electric cars are few

by Tom Krisher, AP News DETROIT (AP) — Automakers have promised to start selling hordes of electric cars in the next few years, but only two will be unveiled at the big Detroit auto show that kicks off this week — and those aren’t even ready for production. Meanwhile, there will be plenty of SUVs […]

California lawmaker introduces revised bill to gradually ban gas cars

The Center for Climate Protection is part of a coalition of California’s major climate and energy organizations advocating for legislation to transition away from fossil-fuel-powered vehicles. The bill’s author, Assemblymember Ting, in conjunction with the coalition, is taking a new approach with his proposed bill to transforming California’s vehicle fleet, including planning for the infrastructure […]

Santa Rosa City Council moves toward innovative “electric-ready” building ordinance

by Mike Turgeon, Center for Climate Protection Climate Action Fellow In a marathon study session on Tuesday, October 23rd, the Santa Rosa City Council, at the urging of the Friends of the Climate Action Plan (FoCAP), received a long-overdue update on the progress of the 2012 Municipal and Community Climate Action Plans.  The Climate Action Plan […]

Santa Rosa to receive ‘Electrify America’ investments in vehicle charging stations

by Will Carruthers, Sonoma County Gazette Santa Rosa will be one of nine California cities to see the silver lining of a car company’s foiled effort to skirt environmental regulations. Electrify America announced this week that Santa Rosa was picked as the beneficiaries the company’s latest round of investments in electric vehicle charging stations and […]

Hope for California’s waiver? The Trump Administration flunked its math homework

by Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic One of the White House’s most consequential environmental rollbacks may be in self-inflicted legal danger. In trying to freeze gas-mileage rules for new cars and trucks, Trump officials have hit an unusually damaging snag: They seem to have messed up their math homework. The Trump administration’s official case for repealing […]

GM, Honda uneasy about Trump plan to dump fuel-economy rules

by Ryan Beene and John Lippert, Bloomberg Two of the biggest automakers and California officials are pushing back on the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of U.S. fuel economy standards. In filings due Friday, General Motors Co. plans to propose that instead of opposing California’s so-called zero emission vehicle sales mandate, federal regulators should instead embrace […]