We need to switch to electric cars, fast — but will electric cars be accessible only to the privileged? The California Air Resources Board is about to vote on a proposal to implement Governor Newsom’s order that all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California be zero emission by 2035.
But so far their proposal lacks measures that would make electric vehicles available and affordable to lower-income people and those living in frontline communities. Ensuring justice in EV availability will mean, not only greater equity, but also faster reduction in greenhouse gases and toxic pollution. If people can’t afford or access electric vehicles, they’ll be forced to keep driving gas guzzlers. That’s not good for anyone.
California Interfaith Power and Light has an online tool for sending a letter to demand greater equity in CARB’s clean car program (They provide a sample letter that you can edit). Or you can attend the CARB hearing and comment in person.
Thursday, August 25, 9 AM
1001 I Street, Sacramento
Information on how to join the meeting and comment online here