The New York Times writes a new study has found the extremes of hot and dry weather have increased substantially in the American West. What can we do?
We can do a lot! We are California, and when California leads the world soon follows!
It's already happening with our zero-emission cars and recently approved zero-emission trucks program. But we have to move faster and make the change bigger.
Join us next Thursday to talk with California's climate and clean air leaders about a possible statewide ballot measure in November 2022 to significantly reduce greenhouse gases and short-lived climate pollutants (including black carbon, methane, ozone andhydrofluorocarbons or HFCs), and finish cleaning our air.
REGISTER HERE TO JOIN MOVE CA AND SPUR ON A ZOOM CALL THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 10 A.M.-NOON, TO TALK WITH: Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board ° Kevin De Leon, LA City Councilmember-elect and former CA State Senate President Pro Tempore ° Senator Nancy Skinner, CA Senate Majority Whip; former International Director of ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability/Cities for Climate Protection Program ° Senator Fran Pavley (ret.), author of AB 32 and SB 32, California's landmark legislation to fight climate change and Environmental Policy Leader of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute ° Terry Tamminen, Former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency under Gov. Schwarzenegger and President of 7th Generation Advisors ° Randall Winston, Former Executive Director, Strategic Growth Council ° Alvaro Sanchez, Environmental Equity Director, Greenlining Institute ° Chanell Fletcher, Executive Director, Climate Plan ° Bill Magavern, Policy Director, Coalition for Clean Air ° Chione Flegal, Managing Director, PolicyLink ° Mary Creasman, CEO, California League of Conservation Voters
In just the first decade the measure we will talk about could generate $30 billion in funding to use for incentives and infrastructure investments—and it could generate $70 billion over two decades. With this funding California could:
MISSION #1a: Roll back climate change by accelerating the deployment of hundreds of thousands of zero-emission cars, light-duty pickups and SUVs; medium-, heavy-duty and drayage trucks; port and airport equipment, and off-road equipment, etc.
MISSION #1b: Dramatically reduce short-lived climate pollutants. These "super pollutants" cause 40% of global warming but decay much more quickly than CO2. Reducing SLCPs may even roll back climate change! These emissions can be captured from landfills, wastewater treatment, dairies and livestock operations, and reduced by implementing wildfire prevention measures.
These efforts could enable us to meet the challenge set out in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2018 Special Report and within a decade halt the progress of global warming and turn climate change around.
MISSION #2: Finish cleaning California's air by dramatically reducing diesel emissions to ensure attainment of federal clean air standards. Diesel technologies are the most prevalent source of the most harmful air pollution—which especially burdens disadvantaged communities near freeways and ports. We can reduce diesel emissions with California's recently adopted Clean Truck Rule, and by providing incentives to accelerate the cleanest available heavy-duty trucks and equipment—which mostly run on battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technologies—to market.
MISSION #3: Advance social equity and justice by identifying investments that improve the health of people living in and the economic vitality of disadvantaged communities throughout California as air pollution and GHG emissions are reduced. We can also ensure that a significant share of new jobs in industries creating these advanced technologies go to the people who live in these communities.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND JOIN US THURSDAY, OCT. 1, FROM 10 A.M. TO NOON!
Gloria Ohland published this page in Blog 2020-09-25 15:16:51 -0700