CONGAS update: July Gasoline Phaseout News (Coltura)

CONGAS update: July Gasoline Phaseout News (

US House Democrats Unveil Plan for
All New Cars to Be Electric by 2035

House Democrats have proposed a requirement that all new cars sold in the US by 2035 to be electric. The requirement is part of a plan for a larger green infrastructure bill. It sets the stage for strong action to end demand for gasoline after the 2020 elections. Joe Biden has announced that he supports a policy to end the sale of new gasoline vehicles, but has yet to indicate a date.

The oil industry slammed the plan.Coltura)

Lyft Commits to 100% EVs by 2030

California May Soon Mandate Uber & Lyft Shift To Electric VehiclesThe ride-hailing company Lyft has committed to requiring that 100% of the vehicles on its platform be electric by 2030. Per John Zimmer, president of Lyft, “Success breeds success, and if we do this [transition to 100% EVs] right, it creates a path for others. If other rideshare and delivery companies, automakers and rental car companies make this shift, it can be the catalyst for transforming transportation as a whole.”

California Adopts Electric Trucks Rule

In a groundbreakinHow Can We Get More Electric Trucks on the Road? - Union of ...g first, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has adopted new requirements for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Beginning in 2024, manufacturers must increase their zero-emission truck sales to 30-50% by 2030 and 40-75% by 2035. CARB will also work on a plan to transition California’s truck fleet to 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2045, and earlier for certain types of trucks such as delivery trucks, garbage trucks, local buses, utility and government vehicles, and drayage trucks.

While medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses only comprise 4% of the vehicles, they make up 25% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. (Passenger cars, trucks and SUVs make up most of the rest.)

A few days after CARB adopted the plan, 15 states and the District of Columbia announced plans to follow California’s lead and make all new trucks and buses zero-emissions by 2050. A bipartisan Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the governors of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington state and the mayor of Washington D.C.

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Baltimore May Ban New Gas Stations

Baltimore City Councilmember Ryan Dorsey is proposing to ban the construction of new gas stations in the city. As quoted in the Baltimore Sun, Owen Silverman Andrews, primary author of the “Maryland Green New Deal,” said the city should not be the site of gas stations “that pollute our communities and continue our dependence on destructive fossil fuels.” He explained, “This is about racial, economic and environmental justice and the time to act is now. If Baltimore is to turn from the current path of deepening climate apartheid toward a safer, more just future, we need sweeping changes to energy, land use, and transportation policy.”

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Gas Station of the Month:
Fountain Valley Costco

The Fountain Valley Costco in Orange County, California sold 20,460,000 gallons of gasoline in 2019 — enough gasoline to create more than 400,000,000 pounds of CO2, according to a recent filing with the South Coast Air Quality Management District. It is one of the largest gas stations in California.

The station reported emitting 8.7 tons in volatile organic compounds from its storage tanks into the air, for which it was required to pay an emissions fee of $3,882. The volatile organic compounds include benzene, a carcinogen blamed for causing leukemia in children and adults.

The fueling station is located about 50 yards from the Santa Ana River Trail, a popular bicycle and hiking trail.

Culture Corner:
Gasoline and the Humanities

Scholars are looking closely at the relationship between consumption of fossil fuels and culture. Michael Rubinstein, who co-authored a new book on energy and the humanities, found that there is a void in art and literature examining how we use energy, even as our increasing use of it becomes a defining fact of our existence.

The author notes that Marcel Proust’s diaries reveal that the smell of gasoline triggered some of his most cherished childhood memories. He speculates that this gasoline smell may have inspired Proust to write his famous passage about the memory-triggering power of madeleines in his masterpiece In Search of Lost Time.

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Menlo Park Becomes First City to
Adopt Gasoline Reduction Goal

Menlo Park, California became the first city in the United States to set a goal of reducing gasoline sales within its borders. The goal is to reduce gasoline sales within the city by 10% a year from a 2018 baseline. The goal is an integral part of the city’s climate action plan, which sets a path for the city to reach carbon neutrality by 2030.

Burning gasoline in cars and trucks is by far the biggest cause of greenhouse gas emissions in California.. In Menlo Park, gasoline accounts for 56% of greenhouse gas emissions.

Coltura’s Janelle London, the Menlo Park Environmental Quality Commissioner who first proposed the gasoline reduction goal, said, “Everyone in Menlo Park and across the nation has a responsibility to help save our climate. Perhaps not everyone can afford a new electric car, but everyone can work to cut their use of gasoline.”

She added, “Tracking gasoline sales is critical to assess whether transportation greenhouse gas reduction measures — like EV incentives and EV charging — are having the necessary effect of displacing gasoline. Once neighboring cities start tracking gasoline sales, it will become clear where the most gasoline is being sold in the region, and gasoline displacement strategies can be focused in those areas.”

Menlo Park has already adopted a sustainable fleet policy requiring reduction of gasoline and diesel consumption by its public fleet by 5% a year from a 2018 baseline.

Click here for FAQs about the importance of reducing citywide gasoline sales.