Senator De León Commends CARB Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Slashing Smog Pollutants by 75% by 2025

Friday, January 27, 2012

Los Angeles, CASenator Kevin de León testified at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) hearing in strong support for the full suite of clean vehicle and fuels policies that will be good for public health, our environment and green jobs for California. CARB then passed the package of regulations that was years in the making and has once again put California at the forefront of taking action on clean vehicles and clean air for the future. 

“These rules will help improve the air quality for many of my constituents who live around these freeways and endure some of the worst air quality in the State,” said Senator De León. “Chairwoman Mary Nichols and CARB have worked closely with the Obama administration to cooperatively develop greenhouse gas standards that will not only benefit Californians but also the entire country.”

Energy companies should be part of the solution and make the modest investments necessary to ensure that fuel for clean fuel cell vehicles are available to consumers as automakers rollout those advanced vehicles.

Benefits of Advanced Clean Cars Program:

Consumer Savings:

  • California drivers will save $5 billion in operating costs in 2025, and $10 billion by 2030 when more advanced cars are on the road.
  • In 2025, average consumers will see nearly $6,000 in fuel cost savings over the life of the car, nearly triple the estimated per vehicle cost. Based on typical financing for a new vehicle, savings accrue the minute the car drives off the lot.

Fight Smog:

  • The rules deliver a 75 percent reduction in smog-forming emissions from new vehicles by 2025 (compared to 2014 levels).

Fight Climate Change:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions from new cars will be cut 34 percent from 2016 levels.
  • By 2025, greenhouse gases will be reduced by 52 million tons, the equivalent of taking 10 million cars off the road for a year.
  • The package will result in a cumulative reduction of more than 870 million metric tons of greenhouse gases through 2050.

Deliver Next-Generation Cars:

  • Zero-emission or plug-in hybrid vehicles will account for one in seven new cars sold in California in 2025 (15.4 percent).
  • More than 1.4 million zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles will be on the road in California by 2025.

Create Jobs:

  • Overall savings generated by the proposed rules will result in an additional 21,000 jobs in California in 2025, rising to 37,000 in 2030.

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