July 13, 2003
General Motors wants to be viewed as supporting futuristic developments in propulsion systems and is constantly touting one research and development effort after another ("Peter Buys an Electric Car," by Peter Horton, June 8). But it does not want to be the guinea pig in actually producing radically new vehicles in quantities sufficient to break the chicken-versus-egg cycle. Unfortunately for GM, its EV1 design team came up with something immediately practical and desirable, and the limited production runs mandated by the California Air Resources Board put these prized vehicles into the hands of a significant number of avid consumers.
May 10, 2013
Re "Tesla drives state credits to the bank," May 6 Tesla Motors is an example of an innovative, homegrown California industry. It is building ultra-clean cars and providing employment for 2,800 people in a formerly abandoned car factory. This success is not being subsidized by other car companies. Car manufacturers are not required to purchase credits (which Tesla can sell to its competitors), nor does the state's Air Resources Board establish a price. The credits are entirely an opportunity to provide additional flexibility to car manufacturers to comply with a program whose ultimate goal is to support the commercialization of cutting-edge clean technology vehicles, and ensure that we get as many of them as possible on our roads and highways as fast as possible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2007 |
The California Air Resources Board today will propose several new measures designed to cut the state's global warming emissions within the next 2 1/2 years. The proposals include retrofitting trucks, reducing pollution in computer manufacturing and requiring car owners to keep their tires properly inflated. Altogether, they would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2.8 million metric tons a year, an early dent in the 174 million metric tons that must be slashed by the year 2020.
September 18, 2013 |
A federal appeals court affirmed California's right to impose low carbon fuel standards aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, rejecting an industry argument that the regulations penalized out-of-state fuel producers. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 Wednesday to reverse a lower-court ruling from 2011 that temporarily halted California's ability to enforce rules in AB 32, the state's landmark global warming law. The decision allows the California Air Resources Board to begin implementing the law and restores the state's ability to punish fuel wholesalers and refineries that sell gasoline or biofuels with carbon footprints that exceed California's guidelines.
January 30, 2014 |
The California Air Resources Board thinks a little friendly competition might inspire Californians to scale back their driving, cut electricity use and take other steps to reduce carbon emissions. The agency on Thursday announced a second round of the CoolCalifornia City Challenge , where cities compete to see how much they can cut their emissions of greenhouse gases that are causing climate change. On the line is $100,000 in prize money that will go to cities based on how many people they sign up and how many points they earn in an online tracking system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2006 |
The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously Thursday to declare secondhand smoke a toxic air contaminant, opening the door to possible additional regulation of cigarette smokers in coming years. Banning smoking in cars with passengers, particularly children, was recommended by the lone speaker at the hearing, Paul Knepprath of the American Lung Assn. He also called for smoking bans in hotels, motels and apartment buildings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1996
The state Senate on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Orange County Supervisor Jim Silva to the California Air Resources Board, despite criticism that he is antienvironment. Silva won the Senate's blessing on a 26-4 vote after Senate Leader Bill Lockyer (D-Hayward) blasted the supervisor as someone who puts the interests of business ahead of health and environmental concerns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1989
A disservice will be done to the public if the 2O-year air quality improvement plan proposed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District is approved by the California Air Resources Board at its hearing on Aug. 15. No one disagrees with the goal to clean our air, including our members in business, labor and government who live and work in Southern California along with their families and friends. But the AQMD plan will prove too controversial to work over the long haul. It is an unrealistic, pie-in-the-sky scheme which is technologically, economically, socially and politically impossible to achieve, despite its best theoretical intentions.
November 20, 1992 |
A coalition of environmental groups filed suit Thursday against the California Air Resources Board, charging that the agency approved an illegal plan that fails to take strong measures to clean up the air in the Los Angeles Basin.
December 12, 1997 |
After a lengthy suspension, the California Air Resources Board voted Thursday to reinstitute spot highway inspections of diesel-powered, heavy-duty trucks and buses. The law applies to vehicles weighing over 7,000 pounds. Unlike gasoline-fueled passenger cars and light trucks that face routine smog checks, diesel trucks and buses have not had to undergo regular inspections since 1993, although they produce a disproportionate amount of smog.