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California to Study a Ban on Sales of Cars with Internal Combustion Engines
"Last year, Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced his Clean Cars 2040 Act, a sweeping bill to require every new passenger car sold in California to be a zero-emission vehicle within a little more than two decades," writes Dustin Gardiner, a state Capitol reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.
However, that bill died as well.
“It’s actually embarrassing that California still hasn’t taken action,” Ting said, noting that countries including China, France and Britain have plans to promote the use of electric cars and other vehicles that don’t emit greenhouse gases. “If you want clean air, you need clean cars.”
[Correspondent's note: Jack Ewing, who reported on the French target on July 6, 2017, for The New York Times, acknowledged that it "is less ambitious than ones set by countries like Norway and India."]
"Ting found another route in the state’s new [$215 billion] budget, which lawmakers passed Thursday, thanks to a little-debated $1.5 million appropriation," adds Gardiner. "It helped that Ting was vice chairman of the conference committee that negotiated a budget deal among the Assembly, Senate and Gov. Gavin Newsom."
If Newsom doesn’t blue-pencil the idea out of the spending plan, state Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Jared Blumenfeld will work with state agencies to conduct the study. The budget doesn’t give a deadline for them to issue a report.
The study, which won't include the 2040 timeframe for the ban, will not be confined to motor vehicle technology but would look at other strategies to "achieve carbon neutrality [pdf] in the [transportation] sector [...] such as changing land-use planning and increasing transit ridership."
That's good because the state won't meet its climate goals even if were to increase electric vehicle sales ten-fold, reported the Los Angeles Times last November. It would still need to reduce vehicle miles traveled per capita by 25 percent.
As to why AB 40 died this year, Gardiner reports that Sierra Club California, which strongly backed the bill, blamed it on Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Discovery Bay, who chairs the Transportation Committee. Frazier, in turn, criticized the Sierra Club for "refus[ing] to compromise on a few words of the bill’s language, which he didn’t specify."
Related in Planetizen:
Phasing Out the Internal Combustion Engine No Easy Task (Global Climate Action Summit): September 18, 2018
Momentum Builds to Ban Sales of Gas and Diesel-Powered Cars in California, November 10, 2017
Hat tip to Jim Stewart.
- Government / Politics
- AB 40
- AB 1745
- California Legislation
- California Legislature
- Carbon Neutrality
- Internal Combustion Engine Ban
- State Budgets
- Transportation Emissions
- Zero Emission Vehicles
- Sierra Club California
- Jared Blumenfeld
- Jack Ewing
- Jim Frazier
- Dustin Gardiner
- Gov. Gavin Newsom
- Phil Ting