Long-time environmental activist Bill Magavern of the Coalition for Clean Air joins John Howard and Tim Foster on the Capitol Weekly Podcast to chat, and he brings some welcome good news: With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping people out of their cars, many areas of California have seen a decrease in air pollution. Those gains may dissipate as Californians return to the roads, but two coming environmental rule changes could have a big impact going forward. One is the Advanced Clean Truck Rule, which will require fleets to begin including non-polluting vehicles in their lineup, starting in 2024. The other targets the anti-sprawl provisions of SB 743 (a Darrell Steinberg bill that also cleared the way for the Kings’ latest Sacramento Arena and passed in 2013), which will go into effect in a week.
Bill also offers a look ahead at other proposed legislation and how the recent underwhelming cap-and-trade auction results may impact funding.