Washington state is joining other cities around the world in committing to ban the sale of gas-powered cars by 2030.
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Paris, California, and the entire UK are some of the cities that have already begun to move away from gas-powered cars and commit to only allowing the sale of electric cars in the following years. Washington state will only allow the sale of electric cars beginning in 2030. The plan is part of the state’s larger climate change plan that is focused on rebuilding the local transportation system.
The Bill “Move Ahead Washington” was passed by state lawmakers and includes plans to make the transportation sector greener and more efficient. The Bill also will require all new vehicles sold or registered in the state to be electric by 2030.
“Transportation is our state’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. There is no way to talk about climate change without talking about transportation. This package will move us away from the transportation system our grandparents imagined and towards the transportation system our grandchildren dream of,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), in a statement.
While a lot of data shows that transportation is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, many organizations say that livestock production leads in emissions. If you look at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) they estimate that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. In contrast, other organizations like the Worldwatch Institute have estimated as much as 51 percent.
Either way, agriculture is often brushed under the rug as a major cause of global warming. This is not to say that the transportation sector is not also an issue that we need to address. According to data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there has been a 23 percent increase in transportation emissions from 1990 to 2019.
“Move Ahead Washington” will invest in four new hybrid-electric ferries, tens of thousands of new electric vehicle charging stations, over 20 new transit electrification projects, and encourage the use of public transportation with free fares for passengers 18 and younger. These new projects will also offer thousands of temporary and permanent new jobs.
The country is finally moving away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy! President Biden has also voiced climate goals including establishing 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations and increasing electric car sales by 2030. Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill also included $5 billion to go towards states to develop their electric charging stations. Sign this petition to help California is phase out gas cars. Ask New York and Illinois to follow suit to save our planet!
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