Meet California's Climate Heroes
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Still, she remains optimistic.“The petrochemical industry is not interested in making big changes unless they absolutely have to,” she said. After all, “We’re dependent on them for a product that most of us use every day.”
“One observation I’ve made over all these years [is that] the way we’ve always been successful is start with the vehicle. Push the automobile industry to find technical fixes. [Eventually], the fuel had to follow what the car needed.”
On yet another front, Nichols’ team is at work figuring out how to enforce Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s Senate Bill 375, a 2008 law that requires CARB to set targets for emissions from vehicles in cities.
“Lots of thinking goes into what the next steps should be,” said Nichols. We’re very eager to share and encourage others to join us in these efforts.”
Does Nichols believe we humans can avert the most severe predictions about climate change, even as 2012 proceeds on track to becoming the ninth-hottest year on record?
A self-described “realistic optimist,” Nichols’ answer is yes, we can.
“The climate deniers are in remission after the election and in the aftermath of Sandy,” she said. “It’s really important to face the science. … Then, it’s time to take action and look at new ideas to solve problems.”
Read about the other Climate Changers here.