Cleaning our air and fighting global warming

Exhaust from cars and trucks pollutes our air and contributes to climate change. Dirty air from vehicles makes tens of thousands of Californians sick, and costs us billions in avoidable health costs. Dependence on oil means Californians have no place to turn when gas prices rise. Transitioning to cleaner and more efficient cars, trucks and buses will benefit every Californian.

Charging ahead with a strong coalition of allies

That’s why we’ve launched a campaign to place one million light, medium and heavy-duty electric vehicles on California’s roads over the next ten years and ensure that all Californians, especially lower income households in communities most impacted by air pollution, benefit from zero tailpipe emissions. Together with our partners—the Coalition for Clean Air, Communities for a Better Environment, The Greenlining Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council—we celebrated the launch of the Charge Ahead California campaign in November 2013.

Now we’re working with our allies to direct current polluter fees on oil companies to fund existing, highly successful purchase incentive programs and to increase access to zero-emission transportation in disadvantaged communities.

Together, we can lead the clean vehicle revolution

Reducing air pollution, improving our heath and saving money. The benefits of transitioning to cleaner vehicles are tremendous, but we’re up against the oil industry, which wants to keep us addicted to their dirty fuel. We need your support to push past the oil industry and charge ahead to a cleaner, healthier future for all Californians. Join our campaign by taking action online now!

Issue updates

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Riverside Charged Up about Electric Vehicles

Today, University of California Riverside students, faculty and members of the greater Inland Empire community participated in the Riverside Electric Vehicle Day, test driving electric cars and electric bikes available on the market today and learning about how electric vehicles can reduce air pollution, combat global warming, improve health and save working families money.

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News Release | Environment California

U.S.-China climate agreement critical step on path to Paris

"The path to Paris should be paved with concrete actions to cut emissions and invest in clean energy, and last night the world's two largest global warming polluters pledged just that." - Margie Alt, Environment America

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Claremont Colleges Charged Up about Electric Vehicles

Today, college students, faculty and members of the greater Claremont community participated in the first ever Claremont Colleges Electric Vehicle Day, test driving ten different electric cars available on the market today and learning about how electric vehicles can reduce air pollution, improve health and save working Californians money.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Over 85 Mayors, City Councilmembers and Other Local California Leaders Say “Yes” to Clean Vehicles

To date, over 85 mayors, city councilmembers and supervisors from Oakland and Sacramento to Fresno and San Diego, who collectively represent millions of Californians, have signed on to say “Yes! I endorse Governor Brown’s pioneering vision to place 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on California’s roads by 2025. By accelerating the deployment of clean vehicles, we can clean up our air, reduce global warming pollution, improve public health, save Californians money at the pump and stimulate economic growth.”

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News Release | Environment California

California Solar Businesses Ready to Roll with Clean Power

Dozens of California solar businesses issued a letter to the White House today, endorsing limits on carbon pollution from power plants and advocating that solar energy become a focal point of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

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