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California Greenin'How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader$
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David Vogel

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691196176

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691196176.001.0001

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Protecting Air Quality

Protecting Air Quality

(p.154) 6 Protecting Air Quality
California Greenin'

David Vogel

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at the efforts to protect California's air quality. Public and business demands for automobile control in the United States originated in Los Angeles, and pollution controls for motor vehicles were essentially initiated by the state of California. Following a successful national political campaign that pitted the interests of California against the nation's automotive manufacturers, in 1967, Congress allowed California—and initially only California—to issue its own vehicle emissions standards. Thanks to the unique pollution problems of Los Angeles, the United States became and remains the only country to have two distinctive mobile-source pollution control standards. Many of the themes described throughout this book are illustrated in this chapter. These include the importance of both citizen mobilization and business support for stronger environmental regulations and the progressive development of the state's regulatory capacity, from the creation of the Smoke and Fumes Commission in Los Angeles in 1945 to the organization of air pollution control districts in 1947 and finally the establishment in 1968 of the California Air Resources Board.

Keywords:   California, air quality protection, Los Angeles, vehicle emissions standards, citizen mobilization, business support, environmental regulations, Smoke and Fumes Commission, air pollution control, California Air Resources Board

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