How California’s car culture hurts the state’s fight against climate change

August 28, 2017 by Ronjoy Bezbarua

(Source: Sacramento Bee) Californians can’t shake their love affair with cars – and pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles. That’s hurting the greenest state in the union’s much-publicized crusade against climate change. While California is making headway in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the rate of progress is slowing. Emissions fell by a scant 0.3 percent in 2015, the last year for which figures are available. It was one of the smallest year-to-year declines recorded since California enacted laws aimed at defeating global warming more than a decade ago, and calls into question the state’s ability to meet long-term goals for curtailing carbon. The chief culprit: California’s cars and trucks. After falling steadily since 2007, greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles increased by 3 percent in 2015, according to the California Air Resources Board. That meant the equivalent of 4.6 million additional metric tons of carbon spewed into the air, the agency said in a report released in June. Read full article….

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