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More than 95% of all Federal drilling occurs in established fields within the Kern County area of the San Joaquin Valley.

Why California’s climate solution isn’t cutting it

by Jacques Leslie, Los Angeles Times Many Californians take pride in the state’s position on the front lines of the global climate change struggle, but the dismal performance of its centerpiece climate program — cap and trade — shows that in a crucial way the state’s reputation is undeserved. Even here, in the heartland of […]

California weighs controversial rule to tackle truck tailpipe pollution

by Rachel Becker, CalMatters The California Air Resources Board decided Thursday to toughen a proposed rule that will require manufacturers to sell non-polluting trucks in the state. The new directive is to “put more zero-emission delivery, box trucks, & big-rigs on the road, reaching 100% [zero-emission vehicle] sales sooner for several segments,” Air Board Chair […]

Click, Click, Emit—The carbon cost of online shopping

by Maxine Joselow, E&E News Thinking of ordering a holiday gift online? You might pause to consider the environmental impact of getting that product to your doorstep. Amazon.com Inc. and other companies are making it easier than ever to shop for the holidays. With one click of a button, you can have an item sent […]

California won’t buy cars from GM, Toyota, and others siding with Trump

by Rachel Becker, Cal Matters Starting immediately, California state agencies will no longer buy gas-powered sedans, officials said Friday. And starting in January, the state will stop purchasing vehicles from carmakers that haven’t agreed to follow California’s clean car rules. The decision affects General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and multiple other automakers that sided with […]

California may be a climate leader, but it could be a century behind on carbon goals: study

by Herman K. Trabish, Smart Cities Dive, October 30, 2019 Power sector progress is masking the need to address emissions in transportation and industry. California just got sobering news that despite its nation-leading renewables build, it may be a century late in achieving its ambitious climate goals. The shift to renewables allowed California to meet […]

With 10% penetration, EVs could shift all residential peak load to night, analysis of SoCal Ed finds

by Robert Walton, Utility Dive, October 17, 2019 Dive Brief: Electric vehicles have the potential to act as virtual power plants that can help utilities soak up midday renewable energy and discharge in the evenings to reduce peak load, according to a study from Jackson Associates released Wednesday. The analysis, based on 5,000 Southern California Edison (SCE) […]

‘Worse than anyone expected’: Air travel emissions vastly outpace predictions

by Hiroko Tabuchi, NY Times Greenhouse gas emissions from commercial air travel are growing at a faster clip than predicted in previous, already dire, projections, according to new research — putting pressure on airline regulators to take stronger action as they prepare for a summit next week. The United Nations aviation body forecasts that airplane […]

The promise of a carbon-free flight is on the horizon

by Peter Fairley, Spectrum The aviation industry’s global trade group says electric airplanes are unlikely to be flying commercial routes before 2040. That pessimism from the International Air Transport Association is off by nearly two decades according to ZeroAvia, a fast-moving electric flight startup popping out of stealth mode today. For six months already, the […]

A journey: From ‘Tree Freaks’ to researching greenhouse emissions in transportation

Photo: Allison Piazzoni at graduation. by Allison Piazzoni, Intern with The Climate Center All too quickly, my internship with The Climate Center has come to a close. During the five months I spent with the Center, I made lasting connections and learned valuable skills that I will take with me into my professional life. With […]

Despite sharp growth in electric cars, vehicle emissions keep rising

by Julie Cart, Cal Matters It is tempting to employ any number of puns when considering California’s transportation future: The state is at a crossroads, its policies could run out of gas, dangerous curves lie ahead. But keeping in mind that the state’s climate policies demand the wholesale electrification of transportation, here’s another: California must […]