California is stepping up its push for a cleaner climate
California’s clean air regulator has adopted rules to mandate that nearly all trips on Uber’s and Lyft’s ride-hailing platforms have to be in electric vehicles over the next few years.
It’s the first such regulation by a U.S. state.
In written comments to the agency ahead of Thursday’s vote, Uber and Lyft say they supported the regulation’s goals.
However, Both rideshare companies have called on the government to financially support low to middle-income drivers who will find it hard to upgrade.
The rules, adopted through a unanimous vote by the California Air Resources Board mandate that EVs account for 90% of ride-hailing vehicle miles traveled by 2030.
That is a lesser goal than the companies set for themselves after last year committed to converting their U.S. fleets entirely to EVs by that year.
But the companies said achieving those goals is unrealistic without additional government subsidies for EVs and battery charging infrastructure.
The companies said CARB’s targets were based on uncertain and unrealistic assumptions and had risk drivers unable to charge their fleets if critical infrastructure isn’t supported.
Several of CARB’s 14 board members shared concerns over the impact on drivers during the hearing but critisised Uber and Lyft for not helping their own drivers to upgrade.
Body behind Eurovision “understands the disappointment” over next host city
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision contest in May, capturing the hearts of the world
After taking out the win, that would mean Ukraine would host the competition next year.
But the European Broadcasting Union announced last week it could not be held in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.
The body behind Eurovision now says it “understands the disappointment” over its decision not to hold next year’s song contest in Ukraine.
The EBU said it was in talks with the BBC to host the contest in the UK.
That’s because British entrant Sam Ryder came second in this year’s contest with his single Spaceman.
The announcement was met with disappointment by Ukrainians but the E-B-U doubled down on its position, saying in a statement that it “fully understands the disappointment that greeted the announcement”.
Nike to fully exit Russia
U.S. sportswear maker Nike is making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations there, the company said in an emailed statement Thursday
The sportswear giant had said back in March that it would suspend operations at all the stores it owns or operates there.
On Thursday (June 23) the firm said it would leave the country altogether.
In a statement, Nike said it would scale down over the coming months.
The move is largely symbolic for the company, which gets less than 1% of its revenue from Russia and Ukraine combined.
It says any stores that are still open there are run by independent partners.
In May, Russian media reported that Nike had not renewed agreements with Inventive Retail Group, its largest franchisee there.
Now the full exit lputs Nike in line with other major western brands such as McDonald’s and Google.
Foreign companies seeking to leave face the prospect of new laws being passed that will allow Moscow to seize assets and impose criminal penalties.
That has prompted some businesses to accelerate their departure plans.
New candidates – Ukraine and Moldova one step closer to joining EU
Ukraine and Moldova have officially been granted E-U candidate status, moving the nations one step closer to joining the union
At a European leaders meeting in Brussels, the decision comes nearly four months after Ukraine’s Zelensky launched his country’s bid to join the bloc, and deals a major blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But the Kremlin has been acting as though it’s no big deal, with Putin claiming he has “nothing against” the possible membership, saying it’s Ukraine’s “sovereign decision” to join or not.
Ukrainian President Zelensky has welcomed the move, calling it “a unique and historic moment” and says his country’s future is in the EU.
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has declared it “a good day for Europe”.
While candidate status is the first official step toward E-U membership, it can take many years to join and there’s no guarantee the process will be successful.
The process can also go into reverse, if a future Ukrainian government fails to implement certain reforms on the rule of law and its economy.
But the Commission president has hope.
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