California Clean Air Initiative
Senate Passes California Clean Air Initiative
Historic Investment of Cap-and-Trade Dollars to Reduce Pollution
The Legislature’s Clean Air Initiative is the single largest investment in clean air in state history, with nearly $900 million to phase out dirty diesel engines, promote clean trucks and buses, and expand access to electric vehicles for middle- and low-income families. This ambitious proposal is a win-win for business and public health; it delivers the greatest emissions reductions and air quality improvements, without adding a single new regulatory burden for industry.
California is also using revenue collected from polluters to make historic investments in forest management and fire prevention ($225 million), sustainable agriculture ($165 million), wetlands restoration, recycling and energy efficiency. All told, this $1.5 billion proposal is a comprehensive investment to improve and preserve California’s quality of life and public health.