We support the rapid decarbonization of our transportation system because the transportation sector has become the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. To meet this goal, we support the transition to cleaner vehicle technology and increased vehicle efficiency. Electrifying our transportation sector with the increased use of renewable energy and advancing electric vehicles will help accomplish this goal while bolstering our economy, saving consumers money, and reducing our dependence on oil and the threats from offshore drilling.
As the year comes to a close, SACE reflects on the progress we've seen toward a clean energy future in the Southeast and beyond in 2018.
U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) proposed legislation that would put the whole county on a coordinated path toward 100% zero emission vehicles. On November 28, 2018, the pair introduced a bill to the 115th Congress to amend the Clean Air Act to create a nation zero-emission vehicle standard. The Zero-Emission Vehicles Act (ZEVA) would set a comprehensive federal ZEV standard and require at least 50% of all new car sales in America be zero-emission vehicles by 2030.
With your support, SACE is fully aware, fully prepared, and fully engaged to take advantage of every policy opportunity, inform and engage stakeholders from communities in every socioeconomic sector, and promote smart energy choices that WILL lead to a clean, safe, and healthy future.