The Air Resources Board (ARB) just issued its draft plan for spending California’s $423 million from the Volkswagen settlement. The settlement dictates this money must be used to maximize emission reductions, NOT promote a particular technology. ARB’s plans? Spend most of the funds to purchase a few, expensive, all-electric trucks and buses. Central Valley residents will be left with a large number of older, higher-emitting trucks on the road.
When it comes to cost-effective replacements that prioritize emission reductions, nothing beats clean diesel. This technology is available TODAY and at a MUCH lower price-point than alternatives. The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Clean Air Task Force agree that more emissions can be reduced by investing in clean diesel. Why can’t ARB?
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–Tom Fulks, Diesel Technology Forum