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NRDC Statement On The Passage Of Assembly Bill 1058

Legislation Would Reduce Greenhouse Gas Pollution from Cars, Light Trucks

SAN FRANCISCO (January 30, 2002) -- The California Assembly today voted 42-24 to pass AB1058 by Assemblymember Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills). The bill directs the California Air Resources Board to adopt regulations that reduce the greenhouse gas pollution emitted by passenger vehicles. Carbon dioxide and other emissions from cars and light trucks are responsible for one third of statewide climate change pollution.

"California has to take the lead in addressing climate change because we are a significant part of the problem and because the White House and Congress have dropped the ball," said Ann Notthoff, California advocacy director for NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council). "Today's Assembly vote is an important step forward, but the California Senate and Gov. Davis still must act before this legislation becomes law. We urge them to seize this opportunity to address the most serious environmental threat facing the world."

"Climate change is a global problem, but its effects will be felt locally. Rising temperatures will increase summer smog and a smaller Sierra snowpack would cut water supplies in a state already thirsty for water. California's 22.6 million cars and light trucks belch 142 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year. California cannot solve climate change alone, but we can reduce our contribution to the problem and make ourselves a model for the rest of the world."

"Finally, a broad coalition of individuals and organizations who care about California's environment and economy came together to pass this bill. For example, the Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a group of Silicon Valley business leaders, recognized the long-term economic threats posed by global climate change addressed in this legislation. E2 took an active role in meeting with legislators and galvanizing the business community. We look forward to their continued support as this bill is elevated to the Senate and ultimately brought to the governor's desk."

The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, non-profit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has more than 500,000 members nationwide, served from offices in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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