California leads on climate change, public health with 'Clean Cars 2040' bill

California leads on climate change, public health with 'Clean Cars 2040' bill

Wednesday January 03, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today, California Assemblyman Phil Ting introduced the Clean Cars 2040 Act (AB 1745), requiring all new passenger vehicles sold in California after January 1, 2040 to be zero emissions. This important bill will support the state’s ambitious goals to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Big Oil should be very, very worried. The U.S. may have pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, but today’s visionary move by Assemblyman Ting shows how states can lead in making the extraordinary decisions necessary to reduce our country’s greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change,” said Ross Hammond, U.S. Campaigns Director at “California has a chance to join China, India, Britain, and France, which have already announced plans to phase out internal combustion engines. The Clean Cars 2040 Act will not only help stabilize the climate, it will protect the health of communities most impacted by air pollution and greatly reduce our reliance on dirty energy.”

More information about AB 1745 is available at

About (formerly ForestEthics) challenges corporations and governments to treat people and the environment with respect, because our lives depend on it. With a focus on tar sands oil and fracked shale oil,’s Extreme Oil campaign works to defeat existing and proposed transportation infrastructure like oil trains and pipelines, and support the transition to a clean energy economy and zero-emissions transportation options.

In California, worked with allies to defeat Phillips 66's oil train terminal near San Luis Obispo and Valero’s oil train terminal in Benicia, and is building opposition to the expanded marine terminal at Phillips 66's Crockett-Rodeo Refinery in San Francisco Bay.

In 2015, co-authored the report “Crude Injustice on the Rails: Race and the Disparate Risk from Oil Trains in California” analyzing communities impacted by toxic oil train traffic. also created the Oil Train Blast Zone map, and co-authored the investigative report “Deadly Crossing: Neglected Bridges & Exploding Oil Trains” with the Waterkeeper Alliance.

Media contacts

Virginia Cleaveland,,, 510-858-9902
Ross Hammond,,, 415-559-5082