Thursday, June 8, 2017

Economy is thriving and emissions are down in California, but emissions from transportation are up and still the best opportunity for improvement

California is heading in the right direction, but transportation emissions buck the trend.

Critics of California's environmental policies are attributing California's gains to the departure of manufacturers from the state, but the fact remains that California's economy is thriving and total emissions are in decline. Population growth, the surging economy and stable gasoline prices have produced a surge in SUV and truck purchases over the last 18 months, along with a decline in the percentage of new vehicle purchases  in California that were plug-in or hybrids. In 2016, Ford sold more F-series pick up trucks than Toyota sold Prius in the state. At roughly one third the fuel economy of the Prius, the trend toward trucks and SUVs could start to create strong headwinds to California's progress on carbon emissions.


-D.King

Economy is thriving and emissions are down in California, but emissions from transportation are up and still the best opportunity for improvement

California is heading in the right direction , but transportation emissions buck the trend. Critics of California's environmental poli...