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

News Release | Environment California

First in the Country Bill to Divest From Coal Passes California Assembly - Awaits Governor’s Signature

“California is once again proving that we walk the walk and talk the talk when it comes to battling climate change, said Dan Jacobson, Legislative Director for Environment California. “This is just the beginning- we will now encourage all cities, counties, universities and others to follow suit and divest from coal.”

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News Release | Environment California

New carbon pollution limits huge step on climate, and great news for California

“The Clean Power Plan is the single biggest action the U.S. has ever taken on climate and is great news for California,” said Dan Jacobson, state director of Environment California. “Cracking down on fossil fuels while ramping up solar, wind, and other clean energy sources will protect our families' health today and ensure a safer climate for the future.”

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

L.A. offered $1.6 Million for Pioneering Low-Income Electric Carsharing Program

Following a competitive proposal process, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) has offered $1.6 million to the City of Los Angeles to set up a pilot carsharing program for electric vehicles in disadvantaged communities. The grant will fulfill a key mandate of SB 1275, the Charge Ahead California Initiative, enacted last year to make clean transportation more widely available, particularly in low and moderate-income neighborhoods.

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Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Path to the Paris Climate Conference

In December 2015, world leaders will convene in Paris to negotiate an international agreement to address the serious threat of global warming. As the country responsible for more climate-changing pollution in the atmosphere than any other, the United States has a moral obligation to lead the world into action.The best way to lead is by example. And, as this report demonstrates, the United States is doing just that.

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