Supporting California Clean Car Discount Programs

Whereas, global warming, left unchecked, can lead to coastal flooding, increases in wildfires and the number of poor air-quality days, decreased snow-pack runoff and water supplies, thereby increasing agricultural and business costs, leading to economic and job losses which could decrease the State’s competitiveness; and

Whereas, creating a system of “Clean Car Discount” consumer rebates on new cleaner, low-emission vehicles funded by one-time surcharges on new gas-guzzling, high-emission vehicles, thereby creating an economic incentive that will decrease sales of high polluting vehicles while increasing sales of cleaner, low emission vehicles, leading to reductions in global warming pollution from cars and light trucks;

Therefore be it resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party calls upon the Speaker of the State Assembly to support legislation that enacts  “Clean Car Discount” programs, and encourage his fellow Assembly Members to pass such legislation, to reduce vehicle produced pollution and thereby improve public health, increase the state’s energy independence, reduce its emissions of global warming pollution  and ultimately enhance business opportunities and job growth for the world’s 8th largest economy while maintaining California’s role as the nation’s leader in environmental protection; and

Be it further resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party will transmit a copy of this resolution to the Speaker of the State Assembly, the State Senate President Pro Tem, Democratic Members of the State Legislature, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Chairperson of the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Submitted by: Stephen M. Hubbard, Democratic Club of Pasadena Foothills
Passed by LACDP Resolutions Committee 11/06/07