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Act now to support clean cars in California

 

Our gasoline vehicles are the single biggest source of air pollution, responsible for asthma, cancers, heart and lung diseases and thousands of premature deaths each year. They're also the biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions. Clean alternatives, namely electric vehicles (EVs), are already viable for many people. With EVs, our fuel dollars are spent on local electricity that's clean and getting cleaner, rather than on foreign oil. Advances in affordability, variety (new models including SUVs and trucks) and EV charging infrastructure are in the works. To speed up the transition, we need policy ensuring a market for these cleaner cars.

That policy is here. After Coltura called for legislation to phase out gas vehicles, California Assembly Member Phil Ting introduced AB 1745, the “Clean Cars 2040” Act. (Click here for the AB 1745 Fact Sheet, and here for Coltura’s op ed supporting the bill.)

This bill requires that, starting in 2040, the California DMV will register new cars only if they are zero emissions vehicles.  Californians would be able to keep their old gas cars and purchase gas cars built before the 2040 model year.

While Coltura’s position is that gas cars can and must be phased out by 2030, we support this bill’s call for an end to polluting gasoline vehicles. We will work to ensure that the phase-out occurs long before 2040, but the mere act of establishing a sunset date will create market certainty and enable a smooth, orderly, fair transition.

Your support now is critical to put us on a speedy path to better health, cleaner air, a stronger economy and a more sustainable existence.

Here’s what to do:

Contact your state legislators asking them to support the Clean Cars 2040 Act. You'll have the biggest impact if you schedule a meeting, make a phone call, or send a handwritten letter -- many disregard emails. And use your own words if possible.

Your message should say something along the lines of,

"Please support the Clean Cars Act. It's important to me because I want cleaner air/better health/a stronger local economy/a smaller carbon footprint."

Here's an example:

Subject: Please support the Clean Cars 2040 Act

Dear ___,

Please support AB 1745, the Clean Cars 2040 Act.

This bill will reduce the risks for us and our children of asthma, heart and lung disease, cancers and other health problems from toxic tailpipe emissions -- risks which are higher in traffic and near busy roads. 

Our local economy will benefit if our fuel dollars go to local electricity instead of foreign oil. The savings on fuel and maintenance from moving to clean electric vehicles will put money back in our pockets.

Especially given that California is committed to ever cleaner sources for our electricity, this bill will enable our state to lead the US in the transition to a clean transportation future.  

Thank you for your leadership on this issue.

[Sign with your name and street address so the legislators know you’re their constituent]