Climate change is having a devastating impact on California. Every year, our state experiences more record-setting wildfires and droughts that cost lives, destroy property, hurt our economy and damage California’s iconic natural beauty.
The air quality in California has become among the worst in the world, posing a hazard to public health and ruining the quality of life in every region of the state. All Californians and their families should be able to work, play and be outside without fearing for their health.
Californians deserve clean air.
To solve this crisis, we need to address the two main sources of air pollution and climate change in California: transportation emissions and wildfires. We need an immediate, sustained investment to 1) fight and prevent wildfires, and 2) reduce air pollution from vehicles.
Clean Air CA is sponsoring the Clean Cars and Clean Air Act (CCCA Act) for the November 2022 ballot to address these issues.
The Act provides funding for:
- Fighting and preventing wildfires.
- Expanding access to charging infrastructure for electric (EVs) and zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).
- Helping consumers and organizations afford EVs and ZEVs.
- Biennial audits by the State Auditor to ensure transparency and accountability.
The Act generates roughly $100 billion over 20 years for these critical programs by taxing those who can most afford it – those with personal income over $2 million/year.
Reduce Catastrophic Wildfires
The CCCA invests nearly $1 billion annually in the prevention and control of wildfires, including funding to:
- Retain, house, train, and hire more permanent and seasonal state firefighters
- Improve fire suppression and safety infrastructure in fire-prone communities
- Support forest resilience programs, prescribed burns, watershed restoration and management, and vegetation management
- Expand wildfire detection and monitoring systems
- Improve defensible spaces around homes and communities
- Enable home-hardening retrofits focused on low-income communities
Expanding Clean Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
The initiative will expand access to electric vehicle chargers for every Californian, regardless of where they live or work, by:
- Increasing charging stations for EVs in apartments, multi-family dwellings, and single family homes.
- Expanding grants, loans, and incentives for ZEV fast-fueling infrastructure, including medium- and heavy-duty vehicles
- Upgrading the electric grid.
- Investing 50% of the funding for projects, activities, and to benefit people in low-income and disadvantaged communities which are disproportionately impacted by air pollution.
Impact: In the first year alone, over 500,000 apartments and houses will be equipped with EV chargers—enough to charge over 50% of EVs deployed to date.
Helping Consumers and Organizations Afford Electric Vehicles
The initiative will jump-start the statewide transition to clean vehicles for individual consumers and organizations by making light-, medium- and heavy-duty EVs and ZEVS more affordable through rebates, grants, and financial assistance, including:
- Assistance and incentives to help those without access to capital or high credit acquire new and used ZEVs.
- Incentives for zero-emission school buses and transit buses.
- Incentives for government and businesses to buy medium-, heavy-duty, and off-road agricultural and construction ZEVs.
- Supporting clean mobility equity programs.
- Investing 50% of the funding for projects, activities, and to benefit people in low-income and disadvantaged communities, which are disproportionately impacted by air pollution.