Today’s Rally to Launch the LA County Electric Bus Coalition

LOS ANGELES – January 26, 2017 Today, a new coalition of environmental groups, labor advocates and bus riders gathered at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) headquarters to launch a campaign calling on Metro to commit now to an all-electric fleet of buses by 2030. By accelerating the integration of electric buses into its transit fleet, Metro can reduce pollution from the transportation sector while enhancing equity and spurring good union jobs and broader economic development.

The campaign launch comes as Metro is considering purchasing 1,000 new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, locking in nearly half of Metro’s fleet to continued dependence on polluting fuels. Metro has long been a leader in enacting clean air strategies, leading the shift away from polluting diesel buses in California and across the nation. Metro has a critical opportunity now to lead again, moving from still-polluting natural gas buses to all-electric buses.

 

 

New Coalition Launches to Transform LA Metro’s Bus Fleet to 100% Clean, Electric Buses

MEDIA ADVISORY January 19, 2017

Contacts: Michelle Kinman, 310.621.8935, michelle@environmentcalifornia.org  Alexandra Nagy, 818.633.0865, anagy@fwwatch.org

New Coalition Launches to Transform LA Metro’s Bus Fleet to 100% Clean, Electric Buses

Coalition to Fund Bus Ads Promoting Electric Buses

Los Angeles — A new coalition of bus riders, labor and environmental groups will launch a campaign to urge the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to adopt 100% clean, electric buses by 2030. Metro has long been a leader in enacting clean air strategies, leading the shift away from polluting diesel buses in California and across the nation. Now is the time for Metro to lead again, moving from still-polluting natural gas buses to all electric buses. Electric buses can help clean up our air, create good jobs, improve the rider experience, enhance equity, and fight climate change.

WHAT: The LA County Electric Bus Coalition is launching to urge Metro to commit now to replacing its polluting bus fleet with 100% electric buses by 2030. The coalition Steering Committee is comprised of EarthJustice, Environment California Research & Policy Center, Food & Water Watch, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11, Jobs to Move America, Sierra Club and South Bay Los Angeles 350 Climate Action Group.

Event speakers will address the air quality, climate change and clean jobs imperative behind making the transition to a 100 percent renewable energy-powered electric bus fleet. The coalition will have on display advertisements that it will submit to Metro for placement on the side of existing buses to educate Angelenos about the benefits of electric buses. The coalition will also make public comment to the Metro Board meeting on the launch of the coalition.

WHEN: Thursday, January 26th

8:30 am Press Conference

9:00 am Metro Board Meeting, Coalition supporters will make public comment

WHERE: Metro Headquarters

One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles 90012

The plaza is on the east side of Union Station

WHO:

Alexandra Nagy, Southern California Organizer, Food & Water Watch California

Michelle Kinman, Clean Energy Advocate, Environment California Research & Policy Center

Jennifer Kropke, Energy Efficiency Work Force Development Chair, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11

VISUALS:

Poster-sized versions of the bus ads will be on display at the event; coalition members and participants will gather to call on Metro to move to 100% clean, electric buses by 2030.

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The LA County Electric Bus Coalition is a broad-based collaborative effort between renewable power and clean energy experts, air quality professionals, organized labor, environmental justice groups, neighborhood community groups, and legal professionals all united in their support of a 100% renewable powered electric bus fleet for Metro Los Angeles.

 

Why Zero Means Zero

When it comes to the next generation of buses for Los Angeles Metro only one standard is good enough. Zero emission.

Not “Near Zero” or “Almost Zero” or “Practically Zero.” None of those are adequate today.

Our climate and our health have no wiggle room left. We’ve used that all up.  There’s no time for interim steps with more fossil fuels that will lock in decades more damage to our air quality caused by public transit.

Now only ZERO EMISSIONS will do because greenhouse gases are over the safe limit and our climate is racing towards 2+ degrees of global warming and headed towards 6 C degrees. Fortunately we have that Zero Emission solution available today – Electric Buses that are ready for the job and already doing it in cities all around the world.

Only ZERO EMISSIONS will do for our impacted Southern California communities where our citizens are already choking on air pollution and suffering the harmful health impacts caused by burning more fossil fuels. They need zero pollution buses and the only buses that meet that need are electric buses.

What they don’t need is the fossil fuel industry, who have been deliberately misleading the public for decades by proclaiming their product “clean,” continuing to push for decades more use of their toxic fuel and taking no responsibility for the consequences.

Zero means Zero not “near zero,” which is is the equivalent of “near cancer free” or “near honest.”

It’s time to phase out the use of greenhouse gas emitting fuels and only accept zero emission fuels.

Zero Emission electric buses means – Zero pollution

Zero Emission electric buses means – Zero oil changes. Zero tune ups. Zero smog checks.

Zero Emission electric buses means – Zero contribution to climate change.

Zero Emission electric buses means – Zero time for our impacted communities to keep getting gassed.

This is the moment when nothing means everything.

Help us get to zero with electric buses.

—- Joe Galliani, Organizer, South Bay Los Angeles 350 Climate Action Group