(Photo of Kempton)
The Sierra Club of Delaware will hold a conversation via webinar to discuss Delaware’s consideration of adoption of the Advanced Clean Cars II (ACC II) program, which will set air pollution standards and zero-emission vehicle sales targets for model years 2026 to 2035.
Nine other states have already adopted or are moving forward with the adoption of these standards from the state of California this calendar year. Delaware has followed California vehicle standards for the past couple of decades.
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Panelists for Monday evening’s conversation include State Reps. Larry Lambert, D-Claymont and Sophie Phillips, D-Newark; University of Delaware Professor and longtime electric vehicle researcher Dr. Willett Kempton; Sierra Club Delaware chapter director Dustyn Thompson; public health advocate and physician Alan Greenglass; and Kathy Harris, senior advocate for Clean Vehicles and Fuels, Climate & Clean Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
With drought, fires, extreme heat and blackouts caused by the climate crisis ravaging California, especially frontline communities that are hit first and worst by the impacts of climate change, experts say states must set bold pollution targets for vehicles, which are number one source of climate warming and health harming emissions in the state, a Sierra Club release stated.
The virtual session comes after the Delaware Republican Party and GOP legislators organized a series of meetings in an effort to halt the proposed 2035 mandate by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Recent surveys have indicated that a sizable majority of Delawareans oppose the mandate, although the carve-out for hybrid vehicles that have small gas engines was rarely mentioned in survey questions.