The world is changing because of climate change, not to mention increasing air pollution, and California is not faring very well so far. Out-of-control wildfires, oil disasters, drought, and heat waves are happening with more frequency. But we do have a jump on everywhere else in the USA when it comes to zero-emission vehicles and good regulations that define the path forward.
We've got a long way to go, however, and need the rest of the world to come along with us—indeed there are other countries that are leading the pack right now. So let's keep talking and spread the word about what we must do in order to curb climate change and clean the air. This is why we continue to host Zoom calls with the experts and invite all of you to come along for the ride!
Join us on our Zoom call tomorrow from 12 noon to 2 p.m. REGISTER HERE NOW! We will be asking our speakers these questions:
Ray Wolfe, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority:
We want to know more about the new Arrow Line train service that is linking San Bernardino and Redlands, which we understand was—a very long time ago—served by the Red Cars that came to San Bernardino from LA. And please explain the Zero-Emission Multiple Units (ZEMU) hydrogen fuel cell trains and the plan to bring them to Southern California.
Madeline Rose is Climate Campaign Director at Pacific Environment:
It is very alarming that the South Coast Air Quality Management District predicts that by 2023 ships will account for the majority of NOx emissions in SoCal—surpassing heavy-duty trucks. We know there is a lot of talk about replacing the heavy fuel used by the bigger ships with 100% clean energy sources. What needs to happen with shippers and distributors, and what can governments and government agencies do today to accelerate the transition?
Jesse Marquez, founder of the Coalition for a Safe Environment:
You created the Coalition for a Safe Environment in 2001 to investigate expansion plans by the Port of Los Angeles—and eventually the Port of Long Beach—because of concerns about the environmental and public health impacts on people, many of whom are low-income, who live around the ports and the freeways that heavy-duty diesel trucks travel to get to the ports. That was two decades ago. On a scale of 1 to 5, how and why would you rank our progress given the growth of both ports, especially since COVID?
Lawrence McCormack is Director of State Government Relations for Cummins:
Cummins works with a lot of heavy industries—from construction to marine to agriculture, oil & gas, buses, trucks, municipal vehicles like fire, trash collection, and transit buses, and rail. That’s pretty much anything on and off the road. Is there one technology—battery-electric, fuel cell, hydrogen, renewable natural gas, or diesel—that you view as the “winner” technology for all? Or do we need them all?
Peter Chen is a mechanical engineer with the California Energy Commission:
California’s goals are to have 1.5 million ZEVs on the road by 2025 as well as 200 hydrogen fueling stations and 250,000 vehicle chargers for battery electric vehicles. That seems feasible. And the CEC predicts that by 2035 all vehicles will be zero emission except for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles—which will become zero emission by 2045. Do you think this is good enough? What else may be required to save Planet Earth by 2045?
Bob Schlatter, Senior Executive at World Energy:
The U.S. EPA reports that aircraft contribute 12 percent of U.S. transportation emissions, and account for three percent of the nation’s total greenhouse gas production. World Energy produces Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Can you explain what is it, how it can help reduce airline emissions, and how we can scale its usage?
Dr. Joseph Pratt, CEO and CTO of Zero Emission Industries:
You produce hydrogen fuel cell marine vessels. How polluting are the ferries, harbor craft, and other marine vessels currently at sea in California? Why are you using hydrogen fuel cells and not battery electric technology? What are the limitations of each?
Dave Cook is Chief Technology Officer at Rail Propulsion Systems:
Locomotives that transport goods and people are highly polluting. You have demonstrated hybrid electric passenger trains can go anywhere. How can we leverage existing locomotives and make them cleaner, safer, and less expensive to operate today so we can see measurable air quality improvements near frontline communities?
Join us on our Zoom call tomorrow from 12 noon to 2 p.m. REGISTER HERE NOW!