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Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 08:02:24 -0700
From: "David L.Modisette" <dmodis@...
Subject: ZEV Legislative Alert!
ZEV Legislative Alert!
California's Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) production requirements are still
under attack in the State Legislature! We need your help to show support
for the ZEV program! Please write a letter to the members of the Assembly
Appropriations Committee as soon as possible!
Assembly Bill 1390, as amended, by Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh (D-50th
District) will be heard and voted on by the Assembly Appropriations
Committee on Wednesday, May 2, 2001.
Changes to Assembly Bill 1390 remain a fatal threat to California's ZEV
production requirements. This bill would allow automobile manufacturers to
"buy-out" of all or part of their ZEV production requirements. Under AB
1390, automakers would not have to produce ZEVs if they gave money for:
urban parks; educational programs about air pollution; the purchase of
natural gas school buses; particulate traps for diesel buses and trucks; or
to fund an automobile "buy-back" program in low-income communities. Note
that some of these programs in AB 1390 will not reduce air pollution at all,
and none of them have any required level of emissions reduction. But they
all have one effect: they will eliminate California's long-standing and
successful ZEV program.
We recognize the need to have air pollution reduction programs that target
pollution problems in low-income communities, many of which are
disproportionately impacted by pollution. But it is not necessary or
beneficial to eliminate the ZEV program to enact such programs. CALIFORNIA
CAN AND SHOULD HAVE BOTH TYPES OF PROGRAMS. We need the ZEV program for
medium- and longer-term emissions reductions, which will compliment the
near-term pollution reduction programs sought by low-income communities.
Businesses cannot sustain another delay or alteration in the program. We
also need to employ near-term solutions in the most severely affected
communities. Funding for the continuation of the Carl Moyer Air Quality
Attainment Program and funding for clean school buses must be part of this
year's budget with an added directive to focus on those communities.
Please send letters to the members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee
OPPOSING AB 1390's efforts to eliminate or weaken the ZEV production
requirements. Letters need to be sent this week! The members of the
Committee Member District Phone E-mail
Carole Migden, Chair Dem-13 (916) 319-2013 [email]
Patricia C. Bates, Vice Chair Rep-73 (916) 319-2073 [comments]
Robert Pacheco Rep-60 (916) 319-2060 [comments]
Abel Maldonado Rep-33 (916) 319-2033 [comments]
Charlene Zettel Rep-75 (916) 319-2075 [comments]
Roy Ashburn Rep-32 (916) 319-2032 [comments]
Lynn Daucher Rep-72 (916) 319-2072 [email]
George Runner Rep-36 (916) 319-2036 [email]
Elaine Alquist Dem-22 (916) 319-2022 [email]
Gil Cedillo Dem-46 (916) 319-2046 [email]
Ellen M. Corbett Dem-18 (916) 319-2018 [email]
Dion Aroner Dem-14 (916) 319-2014 [email]
Lou Correa Dem-69 (916) 319-2069 [email]
Kevin Shelley Dem-12 (916) 319-2012 [email]
Herb Wesson Dem-47 (916) 319-2047 [email]
Helen Thomson Dem-8 (916) 319-2008 [email]
Patricia Wiggins Dem-7 (916) 319-2007 [email]
Louis J. Papan Dem-19 (916) 319-2019 [email]
Roderick Wright Dem-48 (916) 319-2048 [email]
Jackie Goldberg Dem-45 (916) 319-2045 [email]
S. Joseph Simitian Dem-21 (916) 319-2021 [email]
Hard-copy mailed letters are best. E-mail and phone calls have lesser
impact, but are still helpful if that is all you can do. If you live in the
district of any of these legislators, try to meet with them in person at
their district offices. For more information on these legislators, go to
the State Assembly web site: www.assembly.ca.gov
The address of these legislators is the same for all of them. Letters
should be addressed like this:
The Honorable (Name)
Member, Assembly Appropriations Committee
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Assemblymember (Name):
Here are some points you may want to make in your letter:
1. California's ZEV program is a success. It has created many new
technologies that have resulted in many different types of vehicles that are
less-polluting than anyone thought possible only a few years ago. This
includes hybrid-electric vehicles, fuel cells, cleaner and more efficient
internal combustion engine vehicles, and of course, battery electric
vehicles that can travel further and faster than every before. These clean
car technologies are a new generation of vehicles that will produce air
quality benefits for all Californians for many years to come.
2. We recognize the need to have air pollution reduction programs that
target pollution problems in low-income communities and communities of
color, many of which are disproportionately impacted by pollution. But it
is not necessary or beneficial to eliminate the ZEV program to enact such
programs. CALIFORNIA CAN AND SHOULD HAVE BOTH TYPES OF PROGRAMS. We need
the ZEV program for medium- and longer-term emissions reductions, which will
compliment the near-term pollution reduction programs sought by low-income
3. AB 1390 would effectively eliminate California's long-standing ZEV
production requirements, removing the requirement that major automakers
produce cleaner car technologies. We need these technologies today, and
even more so in the future as our population grows and it becomes
increasingly difficult to provide, clean healthy air to our citizens.
4. California communities and private companies have invested millions
of dollars in ZEV technologies and infrastructure. This investment means
new industries and jobs for California. But this investment will be lost,
if California eliminates its ZEV production requirements. We need
regulatory certainty and continuity.
5. Air pollution is everybody's problem. 95% of all Californians live
in areas that do not meet federal or state standards for healthy air. And
two-thirds of urban air pollution comes from mobile sources, primarily cars
and trucks. This is why California has the most stringent air pollution
requirements in the world on vehicles and stationary sources.
6. Air pollution knows no boundaries. We live in a "sea" of air
emissions that mixes together and travels for miles. So, California's
strategy is to reduce pollution from all sources as much as technically and
economically possible. In this way, all Californians benefit from cleaner
7. ZEVs are dramatically cleaner than any other automotive standard.
ZEVs are 99% less polluting than the cleanest gasoline cars (including
hybrid vehicles), even after accounting for emissions from power plants and
the "upstream" emissions from gasoline vehicles.
8. California's ZEV production requirements can easily be met by the
world's 6 largest automakers that it applies to. Automakers have already
demonstrated that they can produce high-quality ZEVs with performance
characteristics that consumers want. The numbers of ZEVs required of these
6 automakers is very small, averaging approximately 750 vehicles beginning
in 2003, which is much less than 1% of their new car sales in California.
It is reasonable for California to require this small production of the
cleanest vehicle technologies available, given the magnitude of our air
This Alert was prepared by the California Electric Transportation Coalition,
a non-profit business association of companies and organizations working
together to develop and commercialize electric transportation technologies
for the environmental and economic benefits they will provide to California.
For additional information or assistance please e-mail us at
, or call us at (916) 552-7077.
David L Modisette
California Electric Transportation Coalition (CalETC)