Our dependence on coal, oil and gas is polluting our air, water and land, harming our health, and changing our climate even faster than scientists had predicted. Meanwhile, technologically-advanced solar and wind power and battery storage are getting more efficient and cheaper. Environment Oregon supports legislation to transition our country to generating 100 percent of its power from clean, renewable energy sources.
Cars and trucks account for 20 percent of all global warming emissions. To curb climate change, we must:
Keep making cars and trucks more fuel-efficient, as called for in the 2012 standards agreed to by EPA, the Department of Transportation, the State of California, automakers, unions and environmental organizations. The Trump administration decided to roll back these standards, which would eliminate 6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. Congress must prevent this rollback and get the United States back on track toward cleaner transportation.
Renew and extend the electric vehicle (EV) tax credit. This tax credit, established in 2008, gives $2,500 to $7,500 directly to EV buyers as an incentive. Congress needs to extend and expand this program.
Expand the number of electric charging stations. More available and more convenient charging stations will help increase market demand for EVs.