If you want to reduce oil dependency, go after the big dark green area first.
The government is encouraging you to drive a car, and if California is truly serious about reducing its oil dependency that needs to change. This is the unequivocal conclusion of Unraveling Ties to Petroleum a new report commissioned by Next 10 California and written by UCLA researchers Juan Matute, Director of the UCLA Local Climate Initiative, and Stephanie Pincetl, Adjunct Professor and Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA.
California is a leader on the renewable energy front: utilities are well on their way to meeting the 33 percent RPS mandate, rooftop solar power is growing like crazy, and there are big desires to electrify transportation via High Speed Rail.
But a new report, released by the nonprofit, nonpartisan group Next 10, notes that a variety of policies keep California locked into a transportation system that is largely dependent on oil. Part of it is sheer size: there are 35,209,430 registered motor vehicles in the state.
• New study highlights connections between seemingly unconnected policies
• “There are many options for reducing emissions in the state”
California policies that have that at first glance seem to have little to no connection to petroleum use actually provide incentives that drive demand for oil use artificially high in the state, according to a new report from the nonprofit, nonpartisan group Next 10.
California's budget conference committee is now working to reconcile the House and Senate approved versions of the California budget. The state's shift this year from indebted to balanced has put Governor Brown's budget, which supports a baseline level of spending for some social service programs, at odds with Democratic lawmakers, who would like to restore some funding to programs hit hard by recession-era cuts.
A compressed natural gas (CNG) hose dispenses gas to a Honda Civic at a clean energy fuel station January 18, 2007 in San Francisco, California. Rebates for clean fuel cars are among policy choices on Next10's California Carbon Challenge website.
Frustrated by a lack of federal climate policy? Ever considered back seat driving California’s efforts to cut tailpipe emissions? A hypnotic new website could be just the ticket for the secret policy wonks among us.