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    ... Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 08:02:24 -0700 From: David L.Modisette Subject: ZEV Legislative Alert! ZEV Legislative Alert! California s
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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 are:

      Committee Members
      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
      State Capitol
      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
      communities.

      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
      air.

      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
      pollution problem.


      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
      CalETC@..., or call us at (916) 552-7077.



      David L Modisette
      Executive Director
      California Electric Transportation Coalition (CalETC)
      916-552-7077
      FAX-552-7075
      dmodis@... or CalETC@...
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