Car Emissions in Los Angeles Are Down 98 Percent from 1960s Levels

New data on California's historical car emissions shows just how important it is to fight for clean transportation.

The State of California was the first place in the world to mandate tailpipes on cars. That was back in 1966. The Federal government wouldn't follow suit for another two years. We've come a long way from the pre-catalytic converter, fuel guzzling engines of the Mad Men days.

Recent data shows just how far we've come, in fact. Since the 1960s, auto-related emissions have plunged 98 percent in Los Angeles even as gasoline consumption has tripled in the same time period. Even more striking, these emissions dropped by roughly half from 2002-2010 alone.

“The reason is simple: Cars are getting cleaner,” said Carsten Warneke, a researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder, lead author of the study, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.

We still have a long way to go in providing clean and efficient transportation for America's big cities, but this data is a nice reminder that sometimes regulations work really well—and the fights we have for clean transportation now could make a huge difference a decade or two down the line.

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The poll, which was conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, also found that in addition to the millions who have launched crowdfunding efforts for themselves or a member of their household, at least 12 million more Americans have started crowdfunding efforts for someone else.

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In the months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the military to move Japanese-Americans into internment camps to defend the West Coast from spies.

From 1942 to 1946, an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans, of which a vast majority were second- and third-generation citizens, were taken from their homes and forced to live in camps surrounded by armed military and barbed wire.

After the war, the decision was seen as a cruel act of racist paranoia by the American government against its own citizens.

The internment caused most of the Japanese-Americans to lose their money and homes.

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