Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nithya Raman, 4th District, introduced a resolution on Aug. 17 calling on the state of California to achieve 100% zero-emission vehicle sales for all new vehicles by 2030.
Raman’s resolution, which was seconded by Councilman Paul Koretz, 5th District, follows the adoption of similar resolutions in the cities of Culver City, Berkeley, Hayward, Oakland, Richmond, San Leandro and Mountain View earlier this year.
“We know that gasoline-powered vehicles are unequivocally worsening the climate crisis,” Raman said. “In Los Angeles, a city notorious for its reliance on cars, it is imperative that we take immediate action to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and model leadership in boldly pursuing a sustainable, green economy. Widespread adoption of zero-emission vehicles is not only a necessary step to avert climate disaster, it will also reduce pollution, improving L.A.’s air quality and saving lives.”
The number of zero-emission vehicles in California has increased by more than 3,000% over the last eight years, growing from 25,000 in 2012 to 763,816 in 2020, Raman said. Sales continue to expand every year. As technology progresses and zero-emission vehicles achieve price parity with gasoline-powered vehicles, many of the obstacles to widespread adoption will be removed, making a transition to a 100% electric transportation in the near future achievable, she added.
The resolution would require the city of Los Angeles to include support for legislation or administrative action to achieve 100% zero-emission vehicle sales in its 2021-22 State Legislative Program.
“Given the insane escalation of climate-exacerbated flooding and wildfires going on around the world just in the last month, halting the sales of gasoline vehicles tomorrow wouldn’t be too soon. If you have lung cancer, you stop smoking. If your planet is dangerously overheating, you stop pouring gasoline on it,” Koretz said. “Asking Gov. Newsom to move his goal to phase out the sale of new gas cars from 2035 to 2030 makes perfect sense, particularly since electric vehicles are expected to reach price parity with gas cars in the next two years and then be cheaper going forward.”
An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released last week maintains that drastic change must occur by 2030 to avoid the catastrophic and irreversible effects of the climate crisis.
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