BEIJING — As Gov. Jerry Brown tours some of China’s economic hubs this week, he is breathing the kind of heavy, soiled air that blanketed Los Angeles decades ago.
The soot and smog that are byproducts of this country’s industrial progress are choking its people and threatening its economy. Chinese leaders are talking openly about the need to clean up the air, and to learn how from California.
When I took home my new Tesla Model S last June, I learned what it meant to be a celebrity. Not me, mind you, my car.
Long-lost friends emailed me, complete strangers high-fived me, and I started writing myself reminders to “give so-and-so a ride in the Model S.”
Driving this sleek sedan is a privilege I don’t take for granted. And thanks in large part to California’s visionary energy and vehicle standards, the Model S — which travels up to 300 miles per charge, with minimal impact on our air and climate — offers a glimpse of our automotive future. While it’s a premium-priced car, future models will be increasingly accessible. Our state can be a mecca for this job-creating new e-vehicle industry.