In @RTDOpinions, the @Nature_VA's Lena Lewis calls for Virginia to pass the Clean Car Standards bill to increase EV adoption for our health: "nearly half of Virginia’s carbon emissions (48%) come from the transportation sector." #EVs https://richmond.com/opinion/columnists/lena-lewis-column-the-general-assembly-should-pass-clean-car-standards-now/article_3a9cc742-2212-5a2a-8860-4e251e3598a2.html
Lena Lewis column: The General Assembly should pass Clean Car Standards now
At the age of 41, I quit my career as a science teacher and went to graduate school in public policy because I had questions I couldn’t shake: What ishttps://richmond.com/opinion/columnists/lena-lewis-column-the-general-assembly-should-pass-clean-car-standards-now/article_3a9cc742-2212-5a2a-8860-4e251e3598a2.html
Counterpoint from @Don_Hall_VADA: before passing the bill "Virginia should be committing no less than $720M over the next five years to prepare & grow (EV) market demand." Including EV incentives and planned #ElectricVehicle infrastructure. https://bit.ly/3i8fnnN
State, federal and local governments can and should work with automakers to enable the success for alternative fuel technologies at the fleet and consumer level. This includes incentives for #ElectricVehicles and for #infrastructure .
We will need access to #EVs as @Nature_VA suggests and will need to strongly explore methods to spend more than what @Don_Hall_VADA suggests: because it’s a good investment in our lives and our livelihoods.
Over the next 5 years Virginia will lose $50B in spending on oil which is entirely imported from other countries at current rate. Oil dependence hits low income & rural Virginians the hardest, but affordable EVs could have fuel costs under $1/gallon eq. saving Virginians $25B.
The carbon cost for that oil is $10.5B based on EPA carbon metrics and 250 million metric tons. The health cost for that oil is 115 lives annually, (550 over the 5 years) according to the @LungAssociation.