Trump’s policies raise concerns for environmental organizations at UCLA

[Source: Daily Bruin] Several students and professors expressed their apprehension for the climate’s future under president-elect Donald Trump’s policies on environmental issues. Trump promised voters during his campaign that he will dismantle the United States Environmental Protection Agency and withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Instead of focusing on the environment, Trump aims to prioritize the Read More…

SoCal air quality regulators mulling hike in vehicle registration fees for smog reduction

[Source: Los Angeles Times] Air quality regulators are considering seeking an increase in vehicle registration fees for millions of Southern California drivers to help pay for smog reduction programs. The idea, though still in preliminary stages, would be one component of a funding proposal under development by the South Coast Air Quality Management District as part of a major Read More…

The port that fuels L.A.’s economy and fouls its air gets a pollution-reduction team

[Source: Los Angeles Times] Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced the appointment of an advisory panel tasked with reducing air pollution from the Port of Los Angeles by expanding the use of zero-emissions technology. The 10-member Sustainable Freight Advisory Board, made up of representatives from industry, environmental groups, labor, and air quality agencies, will advise the city-owned Read More…

California’s trade dominance at risk

[Source: Logistics Management] While California has long been a vital leader creating trade and transportation trends, the state is becoming stymied by a variety of problems it can’t seem to solve. Southern California’s infamous highway gridlock, for example, not only torments the region’s logistics managers, but it may also be detrimental to regional job growth. Read More…

The head of California’s ISO is on a mission to regionalize and decarbonize

[Source: Utility Dive] California’s system operator is moving ahead with its plans to organize 38 independent power providing systems into a western region grid and market. Nobody is more passionate about this history-making plan than California Independent System Operator (CAISO) President and CEO Steve Berberich. Just-released preliminary assessments of the regionalization plan to integrate the separate balancing authority areas (BAAs) Read More…

California’s cap-and-trade carbon emission system may be failing

[Source: Sacramento Bee] California’s much-vaunted cap-and-trade system of reducing greenhouse gas emissions may be collapsing. This month’s quarterly auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances, which was supposed to generate more than a half-billion dollars for politicians to spend, brought in a paltry $10 million as the Air Resources Board sold a tiny fraction of the Read More…