Passed Resolution on Phase-Out of New Gasoline-and-Diesel Vehicle Registrations Starting in 2030
The following resolution was passed by the members of the 37th Legislative District during the February 2018 Monthly Membership Meeting on February 12th. It will be forwarded to Senate and House Representatives in the Washington State Legislature.
Supporting a Washington State Phase-out of New Gasoline-and-Diesel Vehicle Registrations Starting in 2030
WHEREAS the Netherlands will prohibit the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles starting in 2025;
WHEREAS Norway and India will prohibit the sale of new ICE vehicles starting in 2030;
WHEREAS the United Kingdom and France will prohibit the sale of new ICE vehicles starting in 2040;
WHEREAS China plans to prohibit the sale of ICE vehicles, but has not yet announced a date;
WHEREAS the cities of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Cape Town, Amman, Seattle, and Copenhagen signed the C40 Cities Pledge to ban gas-and-diesel-powered cars from “large parts” of their cities by 2030;
WHEREAS Volvo’s new vehicle models will be fully or partially battery-powered starting in 2019; General Motors plans to introduce at least 20 new electric vehicle models by 2023; and Ford plans for 70% of its vehicles sold in China to be hybrid or electric by 2025;
WHEREAS lack of action in the midst of these trends risks the United States’ competitive position;
WHEREAS gasoline and diesel vehicles produced 55.9% of Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2015, according to the US Energy Information Agency; and
WHEREAS gasoline and diesel vehicle emissions cause 53,000 premature deaths a year in the United States according to an MIT study;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the 37th District Democrats support and urge our representatives to develop and sponsor legislation that has the effect of prohibiting registration of new gasoline- and diesel-powered passenger vehicles starting with model year 2030 vehicles;
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, this legislation provide for the rapid construction of electric vehicle fast-charging infrastructure on the major freeway/highway corridors in the state;
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, this legislation provide for affordable access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure in multi-unit dwellings, rural and low-income areas, financial incentives for low income residents to purchase or lease electric vehicles, and job retraining programs to help transition workers to clean transportation jobs; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, the Washington State Legislature pass legislation and implement regulations to move our state towards 100% electric vehicles by 2040.
THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT, copies of this resolution be sent to Representatives Sharon Tomiko Santos and Eric Pettigrew as well as Senator Rebecca Saldana and to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee for consideration at their next meeting. ________________________________________________________________________
Submitted by the 43rd Legislative District Democrats’ Environmental Caucus for consideration at the November 21, 2017 43rd Democrats meeting in Seattle (submitted November 7, 2017).
Submitted to 37th District Democrats by John Stafford.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS “DO-PASS” ON THIS RESOLUTION 1-29-18