California Assemblymember Proposes Bill to Gradually Ban Gas Cars
Assembly Bill 40 (AB 40), introduced by Assemblyman Phil Ting last month, asks the California Air Resources Board to come up with a “comprehensive strategy” by Jan. 1, 2021, to ensure all cars sold in the state are free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. Earlier last year, Assemblyman Ting introduced similar legislation that would have eventually banned the sale of new gas-powered cars in California, but it was unsuccessful. AB 40 is a more modest proposal that he hopes will move the state toward the same goal. Assemblyman Ting said the following to the San Francisco Chronicle last month,
If we want clean air, we need to have clean cars. It’s absolutely imperative that we take this very important step. If we don’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, we’re never gonna hit our greenhouse gas reductions (goal)
Assemblyman Ting believes AB 40 is crucial to helping the state meet its “very aggressive” greenhouse gas reduction goals. Under the proposed bill, the Air Resources Board would be required to consult stakeholders in academics, industry representatives and community members. The board would also be required to identify what regulatory actions other state agencies could take to encourage more consumers to use zero-emission cars. Further legislation would then be required to actually solidify the goal sought by AB 40 if the study identifies a feasible path. The first time Assemblyman Ting proposed this similar type of legislation it never got a hearing, so we will have to wait and see if AB 40 gets a hearing.