In 2007 the state of Washington passed what may be the most progressive Electric Vehicle law on the planet. Vehicles belonging to the state should have been using electric or biofuel powered vehicles by 2015. Every city, county and local public entity was to achieve this by June 1, 2018. Unfortunately, no steps were taken to implement this legislation. Matthew Metz is the co-executive director of Coltura and the lead author of the white paper “Recharge Recommended,” which explains why Washington is violating its EV legislation and how this can be remedied.
Air pollution allegedly kills 21,000 Californians every year. Most of these fatalities are attributed to road transportation, or building emissions. According to the American Lung Association, vehicle emissions cost California $15 billion a year in health and climate impacts. The state legislature is considering a law that would require all new passenger vehicles sold in California after Jan. 1, 2040 to produce zero emissions. Catherine Rehesis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association, claims this “would come at the expense of those who can afford it the least both financially and in lifestyle – California’s lower and middle class working families.” Janelle London, Co-Executive Director of Coltura, explains why AB 1745 is better for California.