California bill could ban all new fossil-fueled cars by 2040

January 4, 2018 by  
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California could ban all new fossil fuel cars from 2040 under a bill introduced this week by Assemblymember Phil Ting , a Democrat of San Francisco. If it passes, the Clean Cars 2040 act would require all new cars sold in the state to be zero emissions vehicles. Ting said in a statement , “We’re at an inflection point: we’ve got to address the harmful emissions that cause climate change .” AB 1745, or the Clean Cars 2040 Act, would require every passenger vehicle sold in California to be zero emissions after January 1, 2040. Ting said fossil fuel vehicles are responsible for almost 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the state, so “achieving the goal of electrification of transportation is crucial for the health of our people and the planet.” NextGen America president Tom Steyer said polluting cars are California’s biggest source of carbon emissions . The bill would not apply to commercial vehicles greater than 10,000 pounds, just passenger cars. It also wouldn’t apply to cars owned by people in other states moving to California. Related: Scotland to phase out new gas and diesel cars by 2032 California hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent under 1990 levels by 2030. Governor Jerry Brown aims to have 1.5 million zero emission cars on the streets by 2025, and there are almost 300,000 EVs registered in CA already. But the state still has a ways to go: the San Francisco Chronicle said in 2016 that while 2.1 million new cars were sold, only 1.9 percent of those were zero emissions. The bill already has support from some environmental groups. Earthjustice staff attorney Adrian Martinez said in Ting’s statement, “Reducing fossil fuels emissions should be California’s highest priority. With this legislation, California will be taking combustion polluting vehicles off the road…helping us to finally address air pollution and better equipping us to combat climate change. I urge our state’s leaders to pass this important legislation.” Via Assemblymember Phil Ting , the San Francisco Chronicle , and Engadget Images via Depositphotos ( 1 , 2 , 3 )

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Billionaire Plans to Spend $100 Million in the 2014 Elections to Advance Climate Change Legislation

February 19, 2014 by  
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Big money in politics has surfaced in the form of political action committees, undisclosed elite investors, and lobbyists entrenched deep within the system. Billionaire and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer plans to take advantage of what he sees as the new political landscape by pledging to spend at least $100 million in the 2014 elections. His wealth will be used to influence legislation that addresses climate change by funneling money into the San Francisco-based NextGen Climate Action organization and fund attack ads for those in denial of global warming regardless of party affiliation. Read the rest of Billionaire Plans to Spend $100 Million in the 2014 Elections to Advance Climate Change Legislation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: attack ads , billionaire , bruce braley , california corporate tax loophole , citizens united , Climate Change , climate change legislation , democrat , florida , global warming , iowa , Keystone XL Pipeline , Koch Brothers , nextgen climate action , republican , rick scott , San Francisco , super pac , terry mcauliffe , Tom Steyer , virginia        

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WV Governor Shoots Down Cap & Trade Bill. Literally. (Video)

October 11, 2010 by  
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Jim Manchin is currently the governor of West Virgina, and he’s running for one of the state’s Senate seats. Though a Democrat himself, he’s no fan of Barack Obama, nor his fellow Dems. Or at least he has to make TV ads saying as much to get people to vote for him in a state where his party is currently deeply unpopular.

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Today on Planet 100: Top 5 Radical Green Inventions (Video)

October 11, 2010 by  
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West Virginia Fights for Its Right to Remove Mountaintops

October 7, 2010 by  
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Photo via David Mixner The Obama administration clamped down on mountaintop removal mining some earlier this year — MRM is after all one of the most environmentally destructive practices out there. The EPA issued stricter rules, denied permits for multiple projects, and has generally been pretty good about stymieing the worst MRM operations ( there are exceptions )

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Democrats Are Most Trusted on Energy Issues. So Why Can’t They Get Their Act Together?

March 30, 2010 by  
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Photo via Life A recent Washington Post/ABC poll reveals that the issue which Democrats are most trusted with is Energy Policy –by a long shot. The poll asked citizens this question: “Which political party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you trust to do a better job handling (Issue)?” And when “Energy Policy” was placed in the “Issue” box, 49% of respondents said that they trusted Democrat… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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obey the one bag rule.

March 4, 2010 by  
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Regardless of whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, spend some time with the Green party the next time you plan an event. Events can suck lots of resources, from energy to water and typically generate a whole lotta trash. For your next event, try keeping the trash to one bag and see how fun it is to try! Finger foods, real linens and decorations made from found or reusable objects will help you on your mission to keep your party green and sexy.

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Wyoming Wants to Tax Wind Producers on Par With Dirty Fuels

January 31, 2010 by  
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photo via world-ctl When I lived in Wyoming, I was continually impressed with its Governor, Dave Freudenthal. The former US attorney spoke with a plain tongue, advocated for pragmatic solutions, and managed to get elected in a very conservative state as a Democrat.

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Vying for Kennedy’s Senate Seat, Scott Brown Does Major Flip Flop on Climate

January 18, 2010 by  
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Photo via NY Daily News The Senate race in Massachusetts to determine who will replace Ted Kennedy’s seat is deadlocked: despite the fact the MA is typically a deeply blue state, a poor campaign run by Democrat Martha Coakley and waning enthusiasm for the current administration has helped Republican Scott Brown climb into the lead in some polls. Media outlets are routinely noting how his victory could be a major blow to health care reform–but what impact would it have on clean energy reform?

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