Dear PDB members and friends –
I received the notice below from 350 BayArea regarding this proposed legislation. PDB is working with 350 BayArea Action to track climate-change-related bills in the current CA Legislative Session. AB 40 is one of the bills we support and here we are asking for your letters of support to our Assemblymember, Tim Grayson. See more and take action below.
Ralph Dennis, Chair, PDB
From 350 Bay Area Action:
We are all in a key position to make a big difference in fighting climate chaos, because we live in the Assembly district of Tim Grayson – who sits on the Assembly Transportation Committee. The Transportation Committee will be hearing testimony on AB40 very soon.
AB40 would require the State of California Air Resources Board (CARB) to draw up a plan to phase out fossil fuel vehicles by 2040.
AB40 is the successor to AB1745, which came before the Assembly Transportation Committee in 2018, but did not have the votes to move on. AB1745 called for phasing out fossil fuel vehicles by 2040. AB40 takes a two-step approach—first have the CARB develop a feasible plan, and then vote on that plan in 2021.
As climate activists we understand that climate science is telling us that we have to move even faster than the dates that these bills dictate. However, AB40 would give us a foot in the door, and set a clear market signal that we have to eliminate fossil fuel vehicles. Hopefully, this will stimulate automakers to move quickly into making zero emission vehicles (electric or fuel cell).
We hope you send this letter! Assemblymembers really pay attention to letters from their constituents!
You can read the full text of AB40 here. Please let us know if you have any questions about AB40 or other ways we can cut greenhouse gases from transportation.
Thanks for your support,
Jack Fleck and Elena Engel