The challenge is critical. Our transportation system is not only America’s biggest source of carbon pollution, but also one of the biggest sources in the world. Our country’s cars, trucks, trains and other vehicles emit more carbon dioxide than the entire economy of any single country other than China and India.
With renewable energy sources for generating electricity expanding rapidly, reducing pollution from our transportation system is the next major hurdle we must overcome in order to meet our commitment under the Paris Climate Agreement.
We can do it. We can not only reduce but virtually eliminate transportation pollution. We have the technology and policy know-how.
For decades, we have backed policies that promote efficient electric vehicles, and we’re seeing results. Today, affordable, efficient, long-range electric vehicles are hitting the streets in record numbers, and better vehicles are coming online all the time.
However, to meet our commitments under Paris and get to zero-carbon transportation by mid-century, we need to do more. And we need to do it from the ground up—winning nuts-and-bolts policy changes in multiple communities across the state—to make zero-carbon transportation the most convenient, most affordable, and most enjoyable option for every trip.