Driving California forward: Policies are a win-win for climate and public health

Clean fuels policies are saving money and growing industries

California fuel policies like the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and inclusion of transportation fuels in AB 32’s cap-and-trade program are greatly benefitting the state and its residents.

A new report, Driving California Forward [PDF], quantifies these benefits and finds that the Golden State’s trail blazing transportation policies will save over $21 billion by 2025 through reduced public health burdens, increased energy security and decreased climate change pollution, while also avoiding thousands of asthma attacks and work days lost.

As the state’s leading contributor to climate change and air pollution, all Californians have a stake in modernizing and decarbonizing the transportation sector. Protecting these policies and assuring benefits are achieved is vital to building a stronger, healthier California.

These policies are also catalyzing economic opportunities in the clean transportation sector — from alternative fuel producers to electric vehicle manufacturers and investors, hundreds of California companies and people are benefiting from the state’s leadership on climate change.

The Green Roads Map created by EDF, plots over 300 companies that demonstrate how clean transportation policies are helping to expand the state’s clean transportation sector.

This map, along with EDF's 2013 Biodiesel Case Studies, provides strong evidence of the significant positive impact AB 32 and the LCFS are having on California companies — both in fostering economic growth and inspiring innovation.

AB 32 and the LCFS have made California a fertile proving ground for groundbreaking ideas and clean tech investment. As California’s climate leadership remains strong, the state will continue to experience economic growth in these green sectors while improving public health, cutting pollution, and increasing energy freedom.