Emissions Waiver History
It's oddly fitting that during this week of heightened conversations around our climate, President Trump TODAY moved to revoke California's authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards. He announced the news in a series of tweets this morning - sent while he was in LA, by the way - arguing that it will make cars cheaper and safer, although he provided no evidence for this. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to formerly announce its plans to overturn the state's federal clean air waiver tomorrow. And officials here are already gearing up for battle.
- Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board
President Trump has officially moved to revoke California's waiver to set its own standards on air quality. Now, let's look at the inevitable legal battle the state will wage to keep it. Let's hear why California will likely have the upper hand in court.
- Ann Carlson, environmental law professor at UCLA
University of California President Janet Napolitano announced today that she'll be stepping down after a six-year tenure. She'll be permanently out of office come August 2020. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman Lopez joins A Martinez to talk about Napolitano’s legacy.
- Adolfo Guzman Lopez, Education Correspondent
It was a little over five months ago that L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a Green New Deal for the city. The plan calls for a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 to combat climate change and it targets various sources, including buildings, electricity, trash and, of course, transportation. But the question remains: How does the city get from where it is today to where it wants to be? As part of our weeklong series, Covering Climate Now, we're looking at how we get around.
- Seleta Reynolds, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Hydrogen Car Share
Almost 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are generated by transportation. And a lot of it's from the cars that you drive, and I drive, most of which run on gas. In California, about 10 percent of new car sales are now electric. But if you've shopped for an EV you already know: it's more expensive. So, a startup in Riverside is working to give people in disadvantaged communities more access to zero-emissions vehicles with a new car-sharing program. It's called Stratos Share, and the cars - they run on hydrogen. Take Two's Sue Carpenter brings us the story.
Wildfires, rising sea levels, drought. They're just a few ways climate change is changing our way of life in Southern California. While state officials have made efforts to preserve environmental protection laws, there are limits to what our state and others can accomplish without federal support. And - given this dynamic - you might feel a little discouraged… maybe even cynical about your ability to effect change in the face of a growing crisis. Well, you might be surprised to hear… you're more powerful than you think.
- Peter Kalmus, climate scientist and author of the book "Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution"
On the Lot
After six years of being off the air — all "Breaking Bad" roads lead to the film "El Camino.” Plus, another week another streaming service. Let's go on the lot with The Hollywood Reporter's Rebecca Keegan for the latest in Hollywood industry news.