In California, greenhouse gas emissions produced by this year’s record-breaking wildfire season have climbed past the industrial, power and residential emissions categories and could even overtake transportation as the top polluter, according to estimates by S&P Global Platts Analytics. The scale and devastation of the California wildfires have also added urgency to the state government’s climate priorities, with the latest measure targeting that top emitter, cars. Governor Gavin Newsom pointed to the fires when announcing an ambitious new target to phase out new sales of gasoline-powered cars within 15 years. Newsom directed the California Air Resources Board to develop increasing percentage standards that result in zero-emission vehicles reaching 100% of new passenger car sales by 2035. A separate target would require the medium and heavy-duty fleet reach zero emissions by 2045. While adding to the urgency of reducing emissions, the wildfire season also exposes one of many challenges to the rapid electrification of transportation. California power companies at times this year turned to rolling blackouts to mitigate wildfire risks to lines and meet surging demand during record heat. “If these vehicles want to plug into the grid, you have to shore up the grid too and make sure the grid… continue reading
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