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Support Assembly Bill 40 for California Clean Cars

Imagine if you had the choice to drive any model of vehicle you wanted, without polluting the air and contributing to climate change. 

Clean alternatives to gas cars, predominantly 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 gasoline from Big Oil, OPEC or the Koch Brothers. Affordability, range, variety (including SUVs and trucks), battery technology and sourcing, and EV charging infrastructure are improving rapidly. To speed up the transition, we need policy ensuring a market for these cleaner cars.

Coltura has called for legislation to phase out gas vehicles in California, and Assemblyman Phil Ting has introduced AB40, the “AB40 for 2040” bill. This bill directs the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop a strategy for all new cars sold starting with model year 2040 to be Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs). (Older gasoline cars would be grandfathered in.)

A move to ZEVs in California would have far-reaching impacts. Nine other states (Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont) follow California’s ZEV mandate. Together they represent nearly 30% of new auto sales in the U.S.

Coltura’s position is that a 2030 gas car phaseout is needed. However, we support AB40. Even a 2040 sunset would create the market certainty needed for a smooth, orderly, fair transition to clean cars. California is known for meeting environmental deadlines years ahead of schedule, and the transition to clean cars will likely follow suit.

Constituent support is critical to put us on a speedy path to better health, cleaner air, a stronger economy and a more sustainable existence. Do your part by signing the letter below. We’ll consolidate the letters and deliver them to your Assembly Member at a time when they’ll have the greatest impact.

(To join the organization sign-on letter, please submit your organization’s logo to info@coltura.org.)

Letter to your Assembly Member

Subject: Please Support Clean Cars in California

Dear Assembly Member,

This is to urge you to support AB40 for 2040, the bill that requires development of a comprehensive strategy to phase out sales of new gasoline cars in California by 2040. Gasoline is the biggest source of carbon emissions and air pollution in California. Making a complete shift away from gasoline to clean alternatives is critical to avert climate disaster, promote environmental and economic justice, and cut rates of asthma, cancers, dementia and other health impacts of car exhaust.

If California moves away from gasoline cars, other states representing almost a third of all cars in the US will follow suit. We can’t afford to wait and see if the free market moves us to clean alternatives. Like with seat belts, air bags and catalytic converters, we need government action to ensure the end of gasoline era as soon as possible. Thanks for letting me know if you will support AB40.

Sincerely,

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