Kalb, Dan


Dan Kalb is California Policy Manager at Union of Concerned Scientists.

California Deserves Credit for Helping Show the Way to White House’s Historic Vehicle Standards

By Dan Kalb
Union of Concerned Scientists

The Obama White House today finalized new clean car rules from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (NHTSA), securing the largest boost in fuel economy in decades and, for the first time, using the Clean Air Act to require reductions in the amount of heat-trapping emissions from cars and light trucks.
 
"To paraphrase the vice president, this is a really big deal," said Jim Kliesch, a senior engineer in the Union of Concerned Scientists' Clean Vehicles Program. "Because of these standards, Americans will drive vehicles that save them money at the pump, cut the country's oil dependence, and produce a lot less global warming pollution."  
 

California Cap on Carbon has a Negligible Impact on Small Business

By Dan Kalb
Union of Concerned Scientists

As international climate treaty negotiations continue in Copenhagen amid controversy over economic impacts and subsidies, a new report indicates that the costs for small business operating under California's landmark climate solutions law (AB 32) can be measured in pennies. 

Conducted by leading economists and released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the study finds that AB 32 policies will only increase the percent of small business revenue spent on energy by just 0.3 percentage points--from 1.4 to 1.7 percent--in 2020.

In a case study which examines a real world small business—the Border Grill restaurant in Los Angeles county--the report finds AB 32 will cost diners a mere 3 cents extra per $20 meal in 2020.