August 31, 2020

August 2020 Gasoline Phaseout News

Coltura has published a law review article in the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law identifying for the first time a legal path for all states to mandate that all new vehicles be electric. (It was previously thought that only California had legal authority to mandate EVs.) Coltura’s research discloses that state EV mandates can withstand federal preemption challenges if the reasons for enacting them are within the state’s authority. Such reasons include electric grid benefits, increased jobs and economic development, reduced storm water pollution from gasoline drips and leaks at gas stations, savings to consumers on vehicle maintenance, and downward pressure on electricity rates. States should avoid justifying electrification mandates on grounds within the federally-controlled areas of emissions reduction and fuel economy.
August 7, 2020

A CHEAP, EASY BOOST TO ELECTRIC VEHICLE ADOPTION: HIGHWAY SIGNAGE

The pressure’s on. Gasoline is California’s biggest source of carbon emissions and air pollution. The state must drastically reduce gasoline use in the next 5 to 10 years to have a chance of protecting its climate and air quality. If it fails, the climate, health and economic impacts of vehicle emissions will continue to be borne disproportionately by people of color.   
July 31, 2020

July 2020 Gasoline Phaseout News

Menlo Park, California became the first city in the United States to set a goal of reducing gasoline sales within its borders. The goal is to reduce gasoline sales within the city by 10% a year from a 2018 baseline. The goal is an integral part of the city's climate action plan, which sets a path for the city to reach carbon neutrality by 2030. 
June 30, 2020

June 2020 Gasoline Phaseout News

The murder of George Floyd spotlights massive injustices in American society, and is motivating millions of Americans to reexamine race, policing, and injustice. Coltura stands in solidarity with those working to dismantle the systems of oppression and racism that have burdened black and brown people for centuries. Meanwhile, the economic divide widens, and the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, with disproportionate impacts on people of color.
June 26, 2020

MOVING FROM GASOLINE TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES ADVANCES ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND EQUITY

Legislation to require that all new passenger vehicles sold after 2030 be electric instead of gas-powered (“Clean Cars Legislation”), would deliver landmark advances in environmental justice and equity to communities of color in five important areas—health, finances, land values, economic opportunity, and community self-determination.
May 31, 2020

May 2020 Gasoline Phaseout News

How many gallons of gasoline are pumped in your city each year? Your city officials can’t tell you, because they don’t have the data. They don’t know which of their investments to reduce transportation emissions (such as EV charging infrastructure, public transit, e-bikes and e-scooters, EV ride & drives, and education campaigns) are having an impact on the city’s gasoline sales.They also don’t know which residents living near gas stations are exposed to the highest levels of carcinogenic benzene vapors.
May 26, 2020

CITIES NEED GASOLINE SALES VOLUME DATA. THE CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION HAS IT.

Cities need to know how many gallons of gasoline are pumped within their borders, so they can assess the impact of transportation greenhouse gas reduction measures, and refine strategies to more effectively reduce gasoline consumption. The California Energy Commission (CEC) collects reports of gallons of gasoline sold from gas stations each year, but so far has not released them. Coltura is working to obtain these reports. Here’s why it’s important to do so:
March 30, 2020

March 2020 Gasoline Phaseout News

On March 9, the Washington State Senate joined the House in passing SB 5811, legislation which enables Washington to require automakers to stock a certain percentage of zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) at dealerships within the state. Gov. Inslee strongly supports the legislation and is expected to sign it shortly. 
March 2020 Gasoline Phaseout News
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