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Mary Nichols, California's Environmental "Rock Star" on Valley Edition

Jan 20, 2015

Mary Nichols is chair of the California Air Resources Board
Credit California Air Resources Board

The LA Times recently called Mary Nichols a “rock star.” In 2013 Time Magazine called her one of the 100 most influential people in the world and the Thomas Edison on environmentalism. She’s the chair of the California Air Resources Board, and if it has something to do with air quality or climate change in the state, she probably has something to say about it.

Nichols joined us on Valley Edition to talk about governor Jerry Brown’s new goals to reduce CO2 emissions even further, the roll out of cap and trade regulations for gas and diesel fuel and using cap and trade funds to pay for high speed rail. We also talked about the San Joaquin Valley’s air quality problems and future efforts to regulate methane emissions from industry and agriculture.