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History on Emissions Waiver, Janet Napolitano Resigns, Hydrogen Car Share




PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 1:  Morning commuters travel the 210 freeway between Los Angeles and cities to the east on December 1, 2009 near Pasadena, California. President Barack Obama will attend the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen next week with a vow to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions to about 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, and 83 percent by 2050. Meanwhile, California, which has some of the toughest clean air laws after decades of fighting some of the worst smog in the nation, is in the final phase of building a cap-and-trade market to provide incentives to reduce greenhouse emissions.  More than 60 world leaders are expected to take part in the climate negotiations in Copenhagen.   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 1: Morning commuters travel the 210 freeway between Los Angeles and cities to the east on December 1, 2009 near Pasadena, California. President Barack Obama will attend the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen next week with a vow to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions to about 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, and 83 percent by 2050. Meanwhile, California, which has some of the toughest clean air laws after decades of fighting some of the worst smog in the nation, is in the final phase of building a cap-and-trade market to provide incentives to reduce greenhouse emissions. More than 60 world leaders are expected to take part in the climate negotiations in Copenhagen. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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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. 

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Emissions Lawsuit

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.

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Napolitano Resigns

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.

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Climate Transportation

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.

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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.

Peter Kalmus

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.

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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.