US DOI report highlights impacts of climate change on Western water resources

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Projected median temperature change in °F (of 112 climate projections) over the Western United States, 2070–2099 relative to 1950–1979. The US Department of the Interior released a report that assesses climate change risks and how these risks could impact water operations, hydropower, flood control, and fish and wildlife in the western United States. Climate Change Climate Change Adaptation Water

Al’s Bright Idea for Hermosa, Ted’s Tough Stance Against Oil & Why I’m Worried About It Mattering

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And what we especially dig about Al’s proposal is that the loan repayments Hermosa Beach would make would be deposited into the State Coastal Conservancy Trust Fund to be used for its Climate Ready Program. According to the Sacramento Bee , . Sarah Sikich, Heal the Bay’s Science and Policy Director, Coastal Resources at the podium, California State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi and State Senator Ted Lieu behind her – Photo by Jose Bacallao (lifted from Facebook).

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CARB draft of updated AB 32 Scoping Plan for climate change actions post-2020; pushing for greater transportation reductions

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The Scoping Plan describes the comprehensive range of efforts California must take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and meet the state’s long-term goals to combat climate change. What steps must California now take to meet the state’s climate goals beyond 2020? An overview of the current science of climate change in the draft includes an expanded discussion of short-lived climate pollutants such as methane and black carbon.

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SMUD Board of Directors adopts climate emergency declaration; carbon neutrality by 2030

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The SMUD (2020 Sacramento Municipal Utility District) Board of Directors adopted a climate emergency declaration that commits to working toward an ambitious goal of delivering carbon-neutral electricity by 2030. SMUD has also partnered to plant more than 500,000 shade trees throughout the Sacramento region to improve air quality, sequester carbon and reduce customer bills. Climate Change Emissions Market Background Power Generation

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California cap-and-trade spending doubles to $1.4 billion in 2018; xEV rebates, affordable housing, wildfire prevention, public transit

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An annual ' tracking the progress of California Climate Investments, released by the California Air Resources Board and the California Department of Finance, finds that nearly $1.4 The state’s cap-and-trade program, which began in 2012, was re-authorized and improved in 2017 to ensure California continues to meet its ambitious climate change goals and that billions of dollars in auction proceeds keep flowing to communities across the state through California Climate Investments.

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California Energy Commission to award $8.9M for completion of California DC fast charge North-South corridors

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I-5: South of Red Bluff to north of Sacramento. SR 99: South of Sacramento and north of Fresno. SR 99: South of Red Bluff to north of Sacramento. I-5: South of Sacramento to north of Wheeler Ridge. Climate Change Adaptation Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Plug-ins

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Let Us Now Murder AB 2145 Before It Kills Community Choice Power

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When we last wrote about AB 2145 it was after a trip to Sacramento to speak out against the bill at the Senate Energy Committee hearing on it. But what should surprise you is learn that when asked what he thought about the science of climate change and his own sense of urgency on global warming, First Bradford badmouthed California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32, as “going too far.” ” He wants to change the law and slow things down.

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Al Muratsuchi Votes To Kill Community Choice Then Finds Out He Was Duped & Calls Me To Apologize

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Let the f **s apologize for a change. And when I found out what happened on Thursday, I was pissed at myself for not having moved quicker, but I was more pissed at my Assemblyman – and his staff – for rolling over on behalf of fellow Assemblyman, Steven Bradford, for 12 years a PR flack for SCE, his former employer, who he now serves in Sacramento in the same capacity from his Assembly seat. This political primary season just keeps getting weirder and weirder.

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Alliance Formed to Commercialize Solar Reforming Technologies to Convert Waste CO2 into Synthetic Fuel

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A solar reforming system is currently being demonstrated in Sacramento, Calif., Tags: Catalysts Climate Change Emissions Fuels Solar Sandia has been working on “Sunshine to Petrol” technologies for a number of years. Source: Sandia. Click to enlarge. An alliance of industry, academic and government organizations has formed to commercialize technologies that will utilize concentrated solar energy to convert waste CO 2 into synthetic fuels. Earlier post.).

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California Air Resources Board Adopts Regional Targets for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Light Duty Vehicles

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At its meeting in Sacramento yesterday, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 and 2035 associated with passenger vehicle travel in the state’s 18 Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Sacramento Region: 7% and 16%. Tags: Climate Change Emissions Land use Policy

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California ARB greenlights states GHG cap-and-trade program

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At its meeting in Sacramento yesterday, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) endorsed the state’s cap-and-trade regulation. A Memorandum of Understanding has already been signed with Chiapas, Mexico, and Acre, Brazil, at the Governor’s Global Climate Summit 3 to establish these offset programs. Climate Change Emissions Policy

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California ARB holding hearing on adopting amendments to LEV III to support compliance options using new Federal GHG regulations

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) will conduct a public hearing on 15 November in Sacramento to consider adopting amendments to the Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV III) greenhouse gas emissions standards, and additional minor revisions to the LEV III criteria pollutant and Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulations, approved by the. The proposal makes minor changes to ARB’s regulations. Climate Change Emissions Hydrogen Storage Policy

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The Summit On Clean Tech Law & The New Energy Policy

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CALSEIA’s Executor Director Sue Kateley will be delivering her report on the newest renewable energy legal developments Sacramento. All the details after the jump- In the civilized world, unprecedented efforts are being made globally to deal with climate change – almost all of which is directly traceable to the use of “dirty&# technologies.

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California ARB Holding Public Meeting on Possible Revamp of Zero Emission Vehicle Regulation; ZEV II

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will conduct a public meeting to consider an informational update on the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulation—specifically, ARB Staff’s assessment of the need for revisions to the ZEV regulations that would result in a “ZEV II”—as part of the Board meeting scheduled for 9-10 December in Sacramento, California. No regulatory changes will be made at this time.

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California SB 375 Report Proposes GHG Reduction Targets to Curb Sprawl Emissions from Transportation

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The California Air Resources Board released a draft report that proposes targets for land use and transportation planning in 2020 and 2035 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with passenger vehicle travel in the state’s eighteen Metropolitan Planning Organizations, including the four largest: Southern California, San Diego, the Bay Area, and the Sacramento region. Tags: Climate Change Emissions Land use Policy

2010 161

Ted Lieu Wants My Money, Wants My Vote, But Doesn’t Want To Talk About AB 920

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Ted doesn’t talk about the bill in public, won’t put anything about it on his own web site, and looks down at his shoes and changes the subject if you ask him about the bill personally. Ted didn’t leave Torrance any significantly better than he found it before his stint on the city council, but he ran to become my state Assemblyman anyway and got elected to serve in Sacramento.

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Your AB 920 Greenius Update & A Call For Three Times The Sun!

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But don’t just listen to me, here’s what Dan has to say about it: Hi Creative Greenius, There is important legislation right now before lawmakers in Sacramento to triple the amount of clean energy we produce as a state , taking us from generating 11% of energy from renewable sources to 33% clean energy. That’s why I’m urging Sacramento to triple the amount of clean energy in California. It takes a commitment from our leaders in Sacramento.

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ARB releases proposed cap-and-trade regulation for comment; transportation fuels impacted in 2015

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The release begins a public comment period culminating in a 16 December public hearing in Sacramento, California, at which the Board will consider adopting the proposed program. During the public comment period, ARB staff will continue to meet with stakeholders to refine the regulation and develop proposed changes to present at the Board hearing. Tags: Climate Change Emissions Fuels Policy

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California Energy Commission Adopts $176M Green Transportation Plan

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The Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology Program’s Investment Plan allocates $176 million over the next two years to stimulate green transportation projects and encourage innovation to help meet the state’s aggressive climate change policies. The Alternative and Renewable Fuels Vehicle Technology Program was established by Assembly Bill 118 (Núñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007) and is an essential element of the California's climate change and energy policies.

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The Greenius Solution To All California’s Problems: AB 920 + AB 811

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I’m seeing you and me changing the course of history – while we still have a gambler’s chance, right here and right now. And when it comes to a sense of urgency on climate change, well lets just say I saw no physical sign that Ted is out of his coma yet. So rather than beat a dead horse, last week I went straight to the source and got in touch with Assemblyman Jared Huffman’s office up in Sacramento.

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Solar Powered Greenius Producing Massive South Bay Energy

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As our climate change crisis worsens and spins out of control with each passing day there’s no time to spare for those of us whose job it is to educate and motivate our fellow citizens to actions that cut our greenhouse gas emissions. And when you hear the questions folks ask at events like these you instantly realize just how little people know and understand about what’s happening to our climate and their world.

2009 163

Manhattan Beach, The South Bay’s Greenest City

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I hope you’re as happy and energized as I am about Obama’s impending Presidency and his game-changing energy and environmental appointments. Change is but mere weeks away. It’s all coming eight years later than it should, but the Climate Change Calvary has now arrived and they’re riding hard and fast. Our northern California water has been cut 30% to protect the environment and Delta smelt fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta.

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Inside The Green Task Force

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For more than a year now in this blog I’ve been researching and reporting on climate change, energy and transportation issues and related environmental stories covering them on both a personal and a global perspective. I have to admit I’ve shared a pretty dire world view when it comes to the current and coming impacts of climate change. First off you might be surprised that our cities have Climate Action Plans, but don’t be.

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California Goes To Hell In A Handbasket But Greenius Says AB 811 is Our Route To Green Heaven

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As my beloved state of California’s driftless and leaderless economy was being driven deeper and deeper into the toilet by the least impressive occupants of Sacramento in modern history, I hopped in my del Sol Greeniusmobile and motored to downtown Los Angeles last month headed for the palatial headquarters of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the MTA. Now the money from the Feds changes that equation.

2009 163

CARB scrap-and-replace incentive program Clean Cars 4 All reaches 10,000th participant milestone

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Operating since 2015 in the South Coast and San Joaquin Valley air districts, CC4A has since expanded to the Bay Area and Sacramento Metropolitan air districts. The newest Clean Cars 4 All program, administered by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, is just getting underway and already has had 22 participants. The transportation sector is by far the state’s largest source of air pollution and climate-changing gases.

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Shell, Honda, Toyota collaborate on 7 new H2 refueling stations in California

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The hydrogen refueling stations will be built in collaboration with Honda and Toyota, who will provide financial support, at seven Shell-branded retail stations across Northern California: three in the city of San Francisco, and one in each of Berkeley, Sacramento, Citrus Heights and Walnut Creek.

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California Environmental Justice Advisory Committee launches series of statewide meetings

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The goal of these meetings is to get input on the state’s Climate Change Action Plan, also known as the Scoping Plan, that is currently being developed to cut greenhouse gases 40% by 2030. Each meeting will feature a “Gallery Walk” showcasing large informational posters as well as “World Café” sessions in which groups will discuss specific subjects related to California’s Climate Change Action Plan.

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President Obama establishes Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, issues executive order

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President Obama today established a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. In keeping with the President’s Open Data initiative, agencies will also make extensive Federal climate data accessible to the public through an easy-to-use online portal.

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California Energy Commission Approves $800K in four regional grants to prepare for electric vehicles

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The grants were awarded to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG); the Ventura County Air Quality Management District; the Bay Area Air Quality Management District; and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. 200,000 to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. The council will help promote the use of plug-in electric vehicles in the Sacramento area and create a set of consistent best management practices to simplify their introduction.

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California Senate President pro tem proposes carbon tax on transportation fuels

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In his address to the Sacramento Press Club, Senate leader Steinberg (D – Sacramento) outlined the four principles of his proposal: Set aggressive targets in statute beyond 2020 to reinforce the climate goals of AB32 through 2030 and 2050. If carbon pricing doesn’t sting, we won’t change our habits. For climate policy to work, it has to sting.

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Launch of Month-Long Study on Aerosols Impact on Climate

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More than 60 scientists from a dozen institutions have begun a study in the Sacramento, California area to investigate how aerosols affect the climate. Sending airplanes and weather balloons outfitted with instruments up in the air, the team will be sampling aerosols in the Sacramento Valley 2-28 June. The data they are collecting will help researchers improve computer models that simulate the climate and project climate changes.

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California Governor calls for 50% reduction in petroleum use in cars and trucks from today’s levels by 2030

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In his inaugural address delivered today in Sacramento, re-elected California Governor Jerry Brown set out three major environmental goals for the next 15 years, to 2030: reducing today’s petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50%; increasing renewable electricity levels from one-third to 50%; and doubling the efficiency of existing buildings and making heating fuels cleaner.

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ARB Holding Workshop on Regulatory Concepts for Prohibiting ICE-Powered TRUs

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is holding a public workshop 23 March in Sacramento (and via webcast) to discuss regulatory concepts for prohibiting the use of internal combustion engines to power transport refrigeration units (TRU) on trucks, trailers, shipping containers, and railcars for extended cold storage.

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California ARB holding public consultation on investment of cap-and-trade auction proceeds

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California will be developing an investment plan for the auction proceeds from the cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Cal/EPA Headquarters in Sacramento, California. As part of this process, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) is hosting a public consultation to solicit input from stakeholders and experts on the development of the plan. The meeting will be held 24 May, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sedan makes N. American debut at LA Auto Show; available in California late 2016; PHEV in 2018

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Honda will begin deliveries of the Clarity Fuel Cell to customers in late 2016 through select fuel cell dealers in select California markets starting in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. Honda sees hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as one of the most promising pathways to address climate change by reducing CO2 emissions of transportation.

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Field study finds soot particles absorb significantly less sunlight than predicted by models; climate models may be overestimating warming by BC

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Although viewed as a potential target in the global effort to reduce climate change, atmospheric black carbon particles absorb significantly less sunlight than scientists have predicted, according to a new study by an international team of researchers, published in the journal Science. Atmospheric black carbon (BC) warms Earth’s climate, and its reduction has been targeted for near-term climate change mitigation.

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California Energy Commission adopts $100M investment plan for 2013-2014 for green vehicles and fuels

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Funding priorities through the ARFVT Program support fuel and vehicle development to help attain the state’s climate change policies. For the current fiscal year, the Commission will invest approximately $90 million to encourage the development and use of new technologies, and alternative and renewable fuels, to help the state meet its climate change goals.

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California Energy Commission awards more than $35M for green transportation in California

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The program, created by Assembly Bill 118, provides approximately $100 million annually to encourage the development and use of new vehicle technologies and alternative fuels to help the state fulfill its pioneering climate change policies. The project, located at the Port of West Sacramento, is expected to create 20 permanent jobs and an additional 30 during construction.

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Heidi On The Hot Seat

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The Exxon/Mobil refinery in Torrance and the Chevron refinery in El Segundo are both located in the South Bay and are each a big part of the carbon-based economy that causes the majority of climate change - although you’ll never get either of these corporations to admit this truth or take responsibility for it. You have to place your faith in people and our ability to change reality through extraordinary efforts and determination. Why not join me and be the change too?

2009 183

California Energy Commission awards more than $5.5M for green transportation projects and $1.8M for 20 energy research projects

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The program, which is essential to fulfilling the state’s pioneering climate-change policies, is slated to invest approximately $90 million during this fiscal year to develop new transportation technologies, as well as alternative and renewable fuels. based in West Sacramento, was awarded $94,959 to determine the feasibility of using a catalyst to transform food waste into fuel in a single unit, thus simplifying production and lowering costs.

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California Headed Toward “Worst Drought Ever Recorded”; Governor Declares State Of Emergency

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Many farms south of the Sacramento Delta are expected to receive no federal water at all unless precipitation increases dramatically over the next two months. Barnett and Pierce used what they consider conservative metrics, assuming that the effects of climate change on the Colorado Basin began in 2007, and using only the last 100 years of riverflow. by Jack Rosebro. Mountain snowpack in the Great basin and major water supply basins for California. Source: USDA.

2009 183

USGS study concludes plausible California megastorm could result in 3x more damage than severe SoCal earthquake

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The same is true of Sacramento: traffic to the north, south, and west is largely cut off for 1 week or so, with gradual recovery thereafter. The project also resulted in the first physics-based coastal storm modeling system for analyzing severe storm impacts (predicting wave height and coastal erosion) under present-day scenarios and under various climate-change and sea-level-rise scenarios. Causes of ARkStorm cumulative highway damages. Click to enlarge.

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Toyota Concerned About Market Viability of Plug-ins, Sees Clear Path to Commercialization of Fuel Cell Technology in 2015

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O’Brien was speaking at the California Air Resources Board’s ZEV Technology Symposium in Sacramento, California. Prius best embodies Toyota’s philosophy on advanced vehicle technology—for vehicles to become true solutions to our climate change and environmental challenges, they must be mass market solutions.

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