Like air pollution, climate change impacts vulnerable populations the most, including our children, seniors and communities already disadvantaged by pollution and poverty. As a pediatrician, I see firsthand the harm caused by our oil addiction. Children living in polluted areas experience higher rates of asthma and slowed lung development. This is a terrible burden we are putting on our children and future generations.  We must dedicate all available resources to get off fossil fuels to protect children today and into the future.
— Afif El-Hasan, MD

What’s so bad about gasoline?

 

Every gallon of gas burned emits 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that is the main driver of climate change.

The transportation sector is the biggest source of carbon emissions, at 32% of the US carbon footprint, 39% for California, and 47% for Washington State.

Vehicle emissions are the largest source of U.S. air pollution. They increase risks of asthma, heart and lung disease, dementia and cancers – especially in children and near busy roads.  

More Americans die each year from vehicle emissions (58,000) than from vehicle crashes (38,000) or secondhand smoke (41,000). On average, every gallon of gas burned costs $18 in health and climate costs.

Exposure to harmful toxic air pollutants from other vehicles is higher inside vehicles than outside; your vehicle is basically a “box collecting toxic gases from the vehicles around you.”

The California Bay Area ranks 4th in the country for most year-round particle air pollution, and 6th most polluted for short-term particle pollution.  Seattle is the 17th most polluted city for short-term particle pollution.

Choosing a gas car means investing $2,000 a year in the oil industry.

We’re ready to phase out gasoline and move to cleaner alternatives.

 

Electricity is getting cleaner every year, as more of it comes from clean, renewable sources like sun and wind. Gasoline will always be a polluting fossil fuel.

The global warming emissions from an electric vehicle are less than those of a gas car, even when considered across the lifetime of the vehicle – from manufacture to disposal/reuse.

Switching to electric vehicles would move billions of dollars from crude oil (much of it imported from OPEC countries) to the domestic economy.

Lifetime costs for many electric vehicles are already cheaper than for gas cars, due to cheaper fuel (electricity) and less maintenance.

Tesla and Chevy electric vehicle models already get more than 200 miles per charge. The average American drives less than 40 miles a day.

Electric vehicles can be charged every night while you sleep -- no more waiting at gas stations and breathing toxic fumes.

If you have a regular household electrical outlet (110 volts) within reach of your electric vehicle, you can use it to charge at about 3 to 5 miles of range per hour.

State and federal rebates and incentives can knock $10,000 off the price of an electric vehicle.

Used electric vehicles are available in many parts of the country for $6,000 or less.

Germany, India, Norway, the Netherlands and possibly China plan to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles by or before 2030, Scotland by 2032, and France and the U.K. by 2040.

Switching US vehicles from gas to electric is projected to add 1.9 million American jobs by 2030.