The article highlights the challenges and transitions to a sustainable future in California according to UCS, the Union of Concerned Scientists. California is a leader in climate action, implementing policies to limit greenhouse gas emissions and setting ambitious goals. However, there are challenges that need to be addressed.
One of these challenges is the adoption of electric vehicles and concerns about battery mining and disposal. UCS advocates for responsible recycling of batteries and closed-loop battery systems.
Another critical aspect is to phase out the fossil fuel infrastructure quickly and fairly. UCS is working to develop a Transportation Fuels Transition Plan in California.
Additionally, the reliability of the power grid has become a concern as the state continues to electrify many sectors of the economy. UCS is looking at how electric vehicles can help the electric grid during peak demand and is helping to develop a proposal for broader grid integration in the western United States.
The recent passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act offers an opportunity to increase climate resilience, especially for affected communities. UCS monitors and evaluates projects funded by this law in California.
UCS also focuses on issues such as water and wildfires in the western United States. They work to address agricultural water use and support legal challenges against fossil fuel companies.
California is leading the way in climate action, but continued efforts are needed to overcome the challenges and achieve a sustainable future. UCS plays an important role in providing information and advocacy to drive the changes needed to ensure a healthier, more sustainable California.
Sources: Rosie the Riveter Museum, UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists), Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.