Transportation is the largest source of global warming pollution in California, creating nearly 50 percent of the state’s emissions when accounting for production, refining and petroleum use. A growing number of these emissions come from trucks, buses, and other heavy-duty vehicles, which also generate more particulate matter pollution than all of California’s power plants combined.
The good news is that many types of heavy duty vehicles can be electrified – cutting pollution, combating poverty and reducing climate pollution. This growing industry can also be a source of good jobs – jobs that, with the right policies and training programs, can offer important opportunities to workers from underserved communities. This pollution severely impacts public health, especially in low-income communities and communities of color, who are more likely to live near busy roads and other sources of pollution. Vehicle pollution increases risks of cancer, damages respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and can negatively impact children’s lung development and adult’s reproductive health.
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