We have taken big steps to reduce our emissions from power plants—so much so that transportation is now the #1 source of California’s carbon footprint.
First, it reduces the number of people who have to drive to work. If you live closer to your job, you can choose to commute by bike, bus, train, or walking. Even if you don’t do this every day, this will lower your carbon footprint. With millions of Californians involved, this will create a big carbon reduction.
Second, even if you keep driving to work, you will drive a shorter distance. You’ll save money on gas and maintenance as you save the environment by emitting less CO2.
Cities can raise money to build new transit lines but find it harder to add capacity to existing ones. This is great for extending transit to more places—which we want—but it keeps wait times long—which we don’t. If Sacramento covered half the cost of new buses and trains, it would jumpstart a positive feedback loop: more transit means more transit users, which means lower emissions and less traffic––another win-win.
CA has a tax break to help people with solar panels buy those batteries, but they don’t have to be connected to municipal grids. This means that we can’t distribute that stored energy equitably across all of our communities, which means we still can’t use all the solar we generate. Louis wants to ramp up programs for battery distribution and start programs to connect batteries to municipal power grids so all; their energy is used.