The Honorable Jim FrazierChair, Assembly Committee on Transportation1020 N Street, Room 112Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: AB 1745 (Ting) – Support
Dear Chairman Frazier:
We the undersigned California mayors , are writing to express our support for Assembly Bill 1745 (Ting), the Clean Cars 2040 Act, which will require all new passenger vehicles in California to be zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) on and after January 1, 2040.
From sea level rise to wildfires to droughts to flooding, local governments are on the front lines of the impacts of climate change and so are acutely aware that California must drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.
Everyone deserves to breathe clean air, and live a healthy life. The American Lung Association estimates that in 2015 California suffered $15 billion in health costs due to greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, including respiratory illness, premature mortality, and lost workdays. In addition, ZEVs represent significant savings for consumers in terms of dramatically lower fueling costs.
Great Britain, France, China, India, and other countries are phasing out gas- and diesel-powered vehicles, and requiring new vehicles to be zero emissions. Just these four countries represent over 35 million new vehicle sales per year, which will require global automobile manufacturers to develop, build, and market a full range of ZEV options for drivers. By aligning its 2040 requirement with these and other countries, California can keep pace with the world and take advantage of this coming market shift.
As mayors, AB 1745 is critical for California’s clean energy future, environmental justice and our leadership role in the country and world. Accordingly, we urge your support of this legislation.
The Honorable Phil Ting
Members of the California State Assembly Committee on Transportation: The Honorable Vince FongThe Honorable Cecilia M. Aguiar-CurryThe Honorable Catherine B BakerThe Honorable Marc BurmanThe Honorable Kansen ChuThe Honorable Tom DalyThe Honorable Laura FriedmanThe Honorable Mike A. GipsonThe Honorable Matthew HarperThe Honorable Devon J. MathisThe Honorable Jose MedinaThe Honorable Adrin NazarianThe Honorable Patrick O’Donnell