A new kind of “Electric Slide”

2035 – the year that all new cars should be electric zero-emission models to meet the Paris Accord goals, is just 13 years away.

The transportation sector contributes 27 percent of the nation’s total greenhouse gas emissions – the biggest single culprit.  Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill contains $7.5 billion for building a national network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers to compete with nearly 117,000 gas stations. On the state level, Gov. Newson signed an executive order requiring that 100% of new passenger vehicles sales in California will be ZEVs by 2035. Meanwhile, polls indicate that while three quarters of Americans see electric vehicles as the future of transportation, initial high cost and lack of easy access to a charging station hold many back. Here are some CA proposals to help solve these problems.

Action #1: Tell your CA state senators that we need SB-1230 & SB-1482!

These bills are going in front of the CA Senate Transportation Committee tomorrow at 1:30 pm (check here for your own senator!)! Our Sen. Monique Limón is not only a member of this committee, she is the author of SB-1230, and a possessor of an “A” rating from Sierra Club, CA Environmental Voters and the CA Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA)!

Minimal script if your state senator is Monique Limón (Yay, Monique!): I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Sen. [Limón] for introducing SB1230 – Zero Emission and near-zero emission vehicle incentive programs, and to also express my support for SB 1482Building standards: electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (Feel free to pass on your thanks for her amazing record on the environment.)

Minimal script for others: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to know that CA needs SB1230 – Zero Emission and near-zero emission vehicle incentive programs, and SB 1482 Building standards: electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Contacts:

  • State Senator Monique Limón (SD-19): email, SAC (916) 651-4019, SB (805) 965-0862, OX (805)988-1940 
  • State Senator Henry Stern (SD-27): email, SAC (916) 651-2027, Calabasas (818) 876-3352
  • Not your people? Which assemblymember/state senator is mine?: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

Action #2: Call into the Transportation meeting tomorrow (Tuesday 4/26) to “Me Too” these bills.

Call into the meeting tomorrow (these bills are both close to the end of the agenda and give the “SUPPORT” side a “Me Too!”. Participant number: 844-291-6364   (ACCESS CODE: 1411140)(Instructions here.) (Agenda here).

More information on these bills.

We need to align the technology, the policy, the market and behavior to accelerate the decarbonization to achieve IPCC targets and right now, we’re not fully aligned,” said Greg Keoleian, director of the center for sustainable systems at the University of Michigan. These bills hit on affordability and access to charging.

  • SB1230 – Zero-Emission and near-zero emission vehicle incentive programs  
    • Let’s Green Cal! partnered with the Dolores Huerta Foundation and State Senator Monique Limón to introduce SB 1230, which will cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduce toxic air pollution, bolster energy resilience, and support green jobs by promoting a faster and more equitable transition to clean cars in California.
    • SB 1230 simplifies and streamlines the process of applying for and using incentives for zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), including allowing for their use at point-of-sale to better serve low-income consumers. The bill also calls for rapid build out of ZEV infrastructure, with priority given to charging projects near multi-unit housing, in disadvantaged communities, and that incorporate solar and storage in order to minimize grid demand.
    • Read their support letter here.
    • One-page summary here.
  • SB 1482– Building standards: electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Requires developers to provide electronic vehicle (EV) access and charging stations for all units at the time of new construction.  Lack of ability to charge EV’s is the biggest deterrent for low-income people to have an electric vehicle (studies show it is NOT cost of the EV). Retrofitting an outlet can cost six times more than the cost of adding it in during construction. This bill requires that charging be made available to ALL residents, not just a small percentage or none.

CA needs to move faster.

Our state legislators, Sen. Limón and Assemblymember Steve Bennett, are doing their jobs, protecting CA and its citizens, now and in the future. Both received “A” scores from the Sierra Club, CA Environmental Voters and the CA Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA). In fact, Sen. Limón was called out as an “environment justice champion” by CEJA and Bennett was called out as Environmental Voters’ “New legislator of the Year.

However, it’s becoming clear that many state legislators with a “D” behind their names on the ballot are compromised by the fossil fuel industry and the “D” stands for their voting record.

(envirovoters.org) California is no longer leading on climate change. Here’s the reality: In the golden state, we are far behind where we need to be on climate action. The California Legislature and Governor have their work cut out for them. The time to go bigger and bolder on climate was yesterday. California has failed in recent years to muster up the political will to pass meaningful climate policy through the Legislature that will move the needle on issues that improve local air quality, advance environmental justice, replace dirty fossil fuels with clean energy, and that take advantage of the incredible opportunity that climate action brings for the health and safety of Californians and our state’s economy. California Environmental Voters assigned its first D grade (67%) to the state for its inaction on the climate crisis in 2021.

We are one year closer to the 2030 deadline scientists have given us to make the necessary investments and policy changes to avert major climate catastrophe, and we’ve got too little to show for it. We are not on track to meet our current climate goals, and in 2021 the state once again failed to take meaningful action at the rate and scale the crisis demands.

It’s no mystery why: A shocking 63% of state legislators take oil money. We have the solutions to solve the climate crisis, but too many of our leaders — who were elected to represent us, the people, who overwhelmingly support climate action — have lacked the political courage to move on meaningful climate policy. The clock is ticking, and anything short of bold, expansive action on climate is insufficient. California’s D grade for 2021 reflects that. Read more here.

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