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US’s Top Ports Face Calls to Go Green After ‘Unmitigated Growth’

Container ships at the Port of Los Angeles.
Container ships at the Port of Los Angeles.Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

After years of “unmitigated growth,” the US’s busiest port complex is facing calls to lower its carbon footprint from Southern California communities plagued by the health and environmental impacts, said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.

The Port of Long Beach, and the adjacent Los Angeles port, together handle 40% of US container imports. Over the past several years, supply chain chaos, record-breaking trade volumes and the pandemic-fueled boom in e-commerce have highlighted weaknesses in the ports’ infrastructure -- including its contribution to the region’s poor air quality, which ranks among the worst in the US.