California Defends Right to Fight Pollution
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SACRAMENTO ~ Today, California defended its clean car standards from a challenge led by Republicans and the fossil fuel industry in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Governor Gavin Newsom stated that the Republicans of today reject the idea that pollution is bad and clean air is good, trying to use the courts to legislate their backwards ideology. Attorney General Rob Bonta added that vehicle pollution continues to be a pressing problem in California and they are fighting to preserve progress made and their ability to keep moving forward.

California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chair Liane Randolph said Congress has long preserved California's ability to regulate vehicle emissions within the state and provide solutions to communities that for decades have endured some of the worst pollution in the nation. The case centers on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision last year to allow California to continue implementing its clean car rules via a waiver under the Clean Air Act, which California is standing alongside with Biden-Harris Administration to defend federal clean car standards.

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Since Governor Newsom's executive order in 2020 requiring all new car sales to be zero-emission by 2035, Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) sales have risen dramatically according to data from California Energy Commission (CEC). In Q2 2023, 25.4% of all new cars sold in California were ZEVs with 125,939 ZEV sales reported while 1,623,211 total ZEV sales have been recorded since then. 34% of new ZEVs sold in the U.S are sold in California while if it were a country it would rank 4th in EV sales behind China, U.S and Germany respectively. Low-income Californians can also benefit from thousands of dollars worth of grants and rebates available for them at while The historic $52 billion California Climate Commitment includes over $10 billion for zero-emission cars, trucks, buses and infrastructure as well as other initiatives towards climate action goals set by Governor Newsom's administration

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