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

Environment California Statement on SB 350 Amendment

Sacramento – In the final days of the legislative session, Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced that SB 350 (De León) will be amended  to remove the goal of decreasing California’s use of petroleum in vehicles due to overwhelming pressure from the oil industry. Pro Tempore De León explained, “…in the end — with two days left — we could not cut through the million-dollar smokescreen created by a single special-interest with a singular motive and a bottomless war chest.”

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News Release | Environment California

California arts and entertainment industry letter of support for SB 350 and SB 32

We write as leaders in the California arts and entertainment industry to strongly support SB 350 (De León) and SB 32 (Pavley).

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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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