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SEI LIBRARY: Climate Change

Climate Change: U.S. State, Local and Regional Programs/Actions
California Greenhouse Gas Rule for New Vehicles
Author(s):  California Air Resources Board (ARB)
On September 24, 2004 the California Air Resources Board (ARB) approved a landmark regulation that requires automakers to begin selling passenger cars, SUVs and pickup trucks with reduced greenhouse gas emissions by model year 2009. According to ARB staff, the average reduction of greenhouse gases from new California cars and light trucks will be about 22 percent in 2012 and about 30 percent in 2016, compared to today's vehicles. Costs for the added technology needed to meet the rule are expected to average about $325 per vehicle in 2012 and about $1050 per vehicle to comply in 2016. The ARB staff analysis concludes that the new rule will result in savings for vehicle buyers by lowering operating expenses that will more than offset the added costs of the new vehicles and provide an overall cost savings to consumers.
Published:  June 14, 2004    Availability:  pdf (1.8MB)
Letter to President Bush
Author(s):  Attorney Generals from: Alaska,California,Connecticut,Maine,Maryland,Massachusetts,New Hampshire,New Jersey,New York,Rhode Island,Vermont
Letter to president Bush from eleven State Attorney Generals, urging limits to greenhouse gas emissions.
Published:  July 17, 2002    Availability:  pdf (44KB)
EPA Guidance: Improving Air Quality through Land Use Activities
Author(s):  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Recently states and local communities have passed hundreds of ballot initiatives preserving open space, increasing development around transit, and providing for increased brownfield redevelopment. Each of these places has had different reasons--economic, environmental or community goals--for pursuing a chosen development path. Environmentally, these decisions can help communities reduce vehicular emissions, improve water quality, and remediate contaminated lands. States and communities are interested in accounting for the air quality benefits of their development choices. This guidance presents the conditions under which the benefits of land use activities could be included in air quality and transportation planning processes.
Published:  February 2004    Availability:  pdf (1.8MB)
Climate Change Database
Author(s):  Pew Center on Global Climate Change
A database containing information on state and local programs that directly or indirectly result in net greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
Published:     Availability:  link 


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