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Argo AI can now offer the public rides in its autonomous vehicles in California

The California Public Utilities Commission issued the so-called Drivered AV pilot permit earlier this month, according to the approved application. It was posted on its website Friday, a little more than a week after Argo and Ford announced plans to launch at least 1,000 self-driving vehicles on Lyft’s ride-hailing network in a number of cities over the next five years, starting with Miami and Austin.
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Hayward Council adopts resolution supporting 100% zero emission vehicle sales in California by 2030

At their July 20 meeting, the Hayward City Council adopted a resolution declaring the City’s support of the goal for California to reach 100 percent zero emission vehicle sales by 2030. Development of the goal, spearheaded by the ZEV2030 campaign, was prompted by a 2018 report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). According to the IPCC, in order to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change, rapid and far-reaching transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, and transportation must occur by 2030.
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Wildfires halt Union Pacific, BNSF trains in Northern California

Western U.S. railroads Union Pacific and BNSF have been grappling with wildfires in California and Oregon that have closed portions of their networks. Current weather conditions aren’t helping either: The next couple of days will be hot and dry in the intermountain West as severe drought conditions persist, reports FreightWaves meteorologist Nick Austin. There’s a chance of thunderstorms in parts of the Northwest, Great Basin and Northern California areas. However, many of these could be dry thunderstorms, so lightning could spark new fires, according to Austin.
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Pain in the Pump, Why Are CA Gas Prices So High And When Will the Pain Stop?

If you’ve gone to the pump to fill up your car lately in California, and especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may have noticed extremely high gas prices. I gathered data on gas prices from several gas stations around the Bay Area in early July, 2021. Prices in the Bay Area were as high as $4.23 per gallon at the stations I visited. In San Francisco proper, the prices can easily exceed $5 per gallon. When I went to fill up with 16 gallons of fuel during a recent stop, the price of the fillup was $68.
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