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California hits climate goals, but traffic pollution rises

July 31, 2018 by Emily Jackson

(Source: Earth) According to the Los Angeles Times, California has achieved its goal of lowering harmful emissions from electricity generation with four years to spare. However, a report from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) shows that traffic pollution across the state continues to rise. To make matters worse, a plan by the Trump administration aims to weaken fuel economy standards that were put in place by President Obama, and the new legislation could revoke California’s ability to set its own vehicle emission standards. State Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell said: “This would be the first time the federal government has really taken on California’s authority to do this, which is, as much as anything, a states’ rights issue.” Read full article 

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