Statement of Senator Ricardo Lara on California Clean Air Initiative Investment in Clean Vehicles and Super-Pollutant Reduction

September 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement after the Senate approved the California Clean Air Initiative (AB 109 and AB 134) to spend nearly $1.5 billion in Cap and Trade funds. Senator Lara created programs that will receive major investments through the Clean Truck and Bus program (SB 1204, 2014) and the Super Pollutant Reduction Act (SB 1383, 2016). AB 134 also expands funding for the Dream Loan program created by SB 1210 (Lara, 2014):

“No matter what happens in Washington, we can count on California to protect our environment.

“The Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland as well as smaller ports around the state – from San Diego to Hueneme to Humboldt – are making tremendous progress in meeting the state’s clean air goals.

“We have to strike a balance of protecting our workforce and allowing our ports to innovate, and AB 134 will make the state of California a partner in those efforts.

“I represent the nation’s second-busiest port and truck corridor in Long Beach and Southeast Los Angeles, and pollution from dirty trucks and buses is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

“The California Clean Air Initiative will allow us to invest in low-carbon vehicles and agricultural equipment as well as clean freight equipment at our ports – and continue to lead the world.”