For Immediate Release: September 28, 2021
LOS ANGELES -- Today, LA City Council adopted a resolution introduced by Councilmember Nithya Raman calling for action at the State level to achieve 100% zero-emission vehicle sales for all new vehicles in California by 2030.
The resolution advocates for a target sooner than the State’s current goal, which aims to end the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles in California by 2035. According to the most recent IPCC report, we have until 2030 — just 9 years — to transform our economy and the way we live to avoid the most catastrophic and irreversible effects of the climate crisis.
“There are too many days when I'm afraid to let my kids play outside because of how poor our air quality is, and so much of that can be directly tied to how dirty our transportation sector is," said Councilmember Raman. “We need to make a drastic change to our approach to car culture in this state, if we have any intention of leaving a better planet behind for our children.”
“Transportation accounts for approximately 40% of California’s greenhouse gas emissions. If we’re going to be serious in addressing the climate emergency, we need to be serious about transitioning to 100% Zero Emission Vehicles as quickly as possible,” said Doug Linney, the Founder of ZEV2030. “Other countries are on pace to phase out dirty cars by 2025, so 2030 is more than realistic. I’m grateful that the City of Los Angeles, California’s largest city, has taken this historic step. It’s now up to California to make the leap to our clean car future.”
"The number of climate-exacerbated floods and wildfires in the last two months alone is absolutely staggering," said Councilmember Paul Koretz, who seconded the resolution. "If you have lung cancer, you stop smoking, if your planet is on fire, you stop pouring gasoline on it. Stopping building new gas cars tomorrow wouldn’t be too soon. And very soon electric vehicles will cost less than gas guzzlers."
With its passage, Los Angeles is now the largest city to support a transition to zero emission vehicles sales in California by 2030.