California is first state to mandate zero-emission bus fleet
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California moved Friday to eliminate climate-changing fossil fuels from its fleet of 12,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road.
The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously to require that all new buses be carbon-free by 2029. Environmental advocates project that the last buses emitting greenhouse gases will be phased out by 2040.
California blasts Trump plan to rollback emissions standards
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials are blasting the Trump administration's plan to freeze vehicle emissions standards, saying it threatens public health and the environment.
The California Air Resources Board on Friday submitted more than 400 pages of analysis rejecting the administration's proposal and the research behind it.
California affirms car mileage rule despite Trump rollback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California told automakers Friday they must still comply with the state's strict vehicle mileage standards even if President Donald Trump rolls back federal rules.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California greenhouse gas emissions fell below 1990 levels, meeting an early target years ahead of schedule and putting the state well on its way toward reaching long-term goals to fight climate change, officials said Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has raised $681 million from the latest quarterly auction of permits to release greenhouse gases.
The California Air Resources Board announced Wednesday that all permits for current emissions sold for slightly above the minimum price.
California's cap-and-trade program requires major polluters to obtain a permit for each ton of carbon they emit.
California nets $860 million from carbon auction
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will collect $860 million from auctioning carbon-emissions permits after the allowances sold out at a record price for the second straight quarter, according to state data released Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders released a plan Monday to extend through 2030 California's cap-and-trade program, a key piece of the state's quest to fight climate change by drastically reducing emissions from greenhouse gases.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators did not abuse their discretion when they decided to pay for the state's high-speed rail project with money from a greenhouse gas emissions program, a Sacramento County judge said in a ruling made final on Monday.
The Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund, which opposes the bullet train, argued that constructing the $64 billion project would create more pollution than it would eliminate for at least a decade.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California environmental regulators say Volkswagen needs to better explain its plans for an $800 million investment that it is required to make under a settlement of the company's emissions cheating scandal.
Demand rebounds for California pollution permits
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Demand for California pollution permits rebounded in the first quarterly auction since an appeals court upheld the program, generating about $500 million for the state, according to results released Wednesday.
The California Air Resources Board reported that it sold out of permits to release greenhouse gases during 2017 or later. The demand exceeded the total supply for the first time since 2015, pushing prices above the minimum.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. and California regulators approved a fix for more Volkswagen cars caught up in the company's emissions cheating scandal, giving their owners an option to keep the vehicles instead of having the automaker buy them back, regulators announced Friday.
California truckers file lawsuit against engine filter rule
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A group of California trucking companies has filed a lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board, alleging diesel particulate filters have caused truck fires.
KNTV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2jLazEU ) that a number of trucking businesses are challenging the state's rules requiring the filters, arguing they are expensive and dangerous. They are also calling for restitution for truck repairs.
US approves fix for some Volkswagen diesels
DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen will soon be able to repair some of its diesel cars so they meet U.S. emissions standards.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board said Friday that they have approved a fix for around 67,000 of the 475,000 Volkswagens and Audis with 2-liter diesel engines that were programmed to cheat on U.S. emissions tests.
The German automaker acknowledged the cheating in 2015.
There are still eight years and four months to go, but an aggressive goal set by state policymakers to dramatically increase the number of electric, plug-in and hybrid vehicles in California is in danger of failing.
Gov. Jerry Brown wants 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California's highways by 2025, the same year the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has mandated that zero-emission vehicles (called ZEVs) make up at least 15.4 percent of all vehicles sold in the state.
The California Air Resources Board has rejected Volkswagen's plan to recall vehicles with 3-liter diesel engines, calling the proposal incomplete and deficient.
The German automaker has agreed to spend up to $15.3 billion to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that diesel cars with smaller 2-liter engines cheated on U.S. emissions tests.
But California said Wednesday that Volkswagen hasn't provided a full description of devices that turn off...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has launched a campaign to extend some of the most ambitious climate-change programs in the country and ensure his environmental legacy when he leaves office in two years.
The centerpiece of the push is a cap-and-trade program that aims to reduce the use of fossil fuels by forcing manufacturers and other companies to meet tougher emissions limits or pay up to exceed them. The program has been one of the most-watched...